State beans and state tartans! Too many symbols?

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Proms become platform for good deeds, social change Proms traditionally have been a night of glamour and romance, complete with backstage drama over dates and dresses. But prom culture is changing. Some teens now see prom as an opportunity to be inclusive rather than exclusive. They're using proms as vehicles for good deeds. And to ... - Posted on April 28, 2015
New York City wants to cut waste by 90 percent The nation's biggest city, New York, is announcing the ambitious goal of reducing its waste output by 90 percent by 2030. The plan includes an overhaul of the city's recycling program. It includes incentives to reduce waste. It also includes tacit support for the City Counci... - Posted on April 27, 2015
Presidential hopefuls kick off 2016 campaigns In a presidential campaign, you only get one Opening Day. For Ted Cruz, it was a simple speech on a college campus. No notes, no teleprompter. And no choice for the students required to be there. Rand Paul packed a hotel ballroom with loyalists. He dazzled them with videos a... - Posted on April 24, 2015
Group on mission to “save the soap” Shawn Seipler is on a mission to save lives with soap. It began about seven years ago as a tiny operation. A few friends and family met in a single car garage in Orlando, Florida, where they used meat grinders, potato peelers and cookers to recycle used soap into fresh bars.... - Posted on April 21, 2015
Exhibit a tribute to African-American mass migration One hundred years ago, African-Americans began a mass exodus from the rural South. They headed north in search of economic opportunity and social equality. The Museum of Modern Art in New York is paying tribute to that movement. It is showing a rare exhibition of a series chronicli... - Posted on April 20, 2015
Making national parks relevant today and tomorrow After nearly 100 years, the National Park Service holds some of the country's most beautiful and historic places. It also suffers from an $11 billion backlog of unfunded maintenance. And visitors are aging and mostly white. The park service's centennial is approaching. In 20... - Posted on April 16, 2015
Toilets on wheels help keep San Francisco clean Streets in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood are blocks away from the fancy stores and long lines of tourists waiting for cable cars. They are now cleaner since solar-powered toilets began rolling in. The mobile bathrooms on wheels are guarded by attendants. The bathro... - Posted on April 16, 2015
“First Daughter” gets drivers license Some teenagers get driving lessons from their parents. Other teens are taught by licensed instructors. But Malia Obama isn't your average 16-year-old. Her driving lessons were provided by the U.S. Secret Service. Asked who taught Malia how to drive, first lady Michell... - Posted on April 14, 2015
What would you do if you found a bag of money? A Utah man got a surprise when he stopped to pull a large orange bag off the highway. He feared that it would become a traffic hazard. The Deseret News newspaper reports the 75-pound bag tumbled out of a truck driving in front of Dan Kennedy on Interstate 80. When he looked ... - Posted on April 13, 2015
State beans and state tartans! Too many symbols? Whoopie pies, the K4s steam locomotive, the Carolina Shag and Harney silt loam share a common bond: Each is a treasured member of what some say is an out-of-control state symbol club. New Hampshire lawmakers recently shot down an effort by some fourth graders. They had propo... - Posted on April 7, 2015