See also our separate pages for listings of "Lens of Liberty" features from The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation (last updated on Saturday, May 24), "Discovery Files" features from the National Science Foundation (last updated on Thursday, September 11), ConsumerFeatures (last updated on Tuesday, August 26), public service announcements (last updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2012), "Ways to Make a Green Change" from Whole Foods Market, auto-repair tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, "Your Home Improvement Minute" features from NCB, and "Daily Clean-Energy Facts" from the Nuclear Energy Institute.  (In addition, check out demos for the health feature "Journey to Wellness".)


-- Consumer, Business & General Interest --

Listen to statements from the recipients of the 2014 "Hero of the Year" awards from the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)--which were presented on Wednesday, September 10th, in Washington, D.C.

The National Mining Association (NMA) explains how mined minerals make fireworks colorful.

Booz Allen Hamilton is continuing its "Smart Command" series of town-hall events.

At its annual exposition, InfoComm International is spotlighting the important role that audiovisual technology plays in helping society communicate quickly and more effectively.

A senior vice-president at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses his company's involvement with the "Smart Command" series of "town hall" events.

Union Bank's latest "Small Business Economic Survey" finds that entrepreneurs are more optimistic.

Hear from AARP Massachusetts about how the free "Tax-Aide" program helps low- and moderate-income taxpayers.

As part of this year's "Engineers Week" (February 16th-22nd), IEEE-USA has launched the first "App-E-Feat" contest.

R.J. Reynolds adds a new round of major online enhancements to its youth tobacco-prevention program, "Right Decisions Right Now".  (For this report in Spanish, click here.)

AARP Virginia and The Holiday Project are helping organize visits to people who may be spending the holidays alone.

A study by the Frozen Food Foundation and the University of Georgia compared the nutritional value of frozen produce with their fresh counterparts.  (This report is only available in Spanish.)

AARP Massachusetts helps offer free advice during Medicare's open-enrollment period.

For this year's "AV Week" (October 13-19), InfoComm International's executive director and CEO discusses how the audiovisual industry continues to hire people with technical skills and interest.

This year, three employers from Massachusetts were included in AARP's "Best Employers for Workers Over 50".

The CEO of the Principal Financial Group believes that his company is well-positioned for continued long-term growth.

As Americans eat more snacks and small meals, 7-Eleven is meeting their needs with new bite-size portions.

New figures compiled by GE Generator Systems suggest that taking preemptive measures to prepare for hurricane season may cost less than cleaning up after a prolonged power outage.

A county worker from Florida discusses her first-hand experience with how the National Association of Counties' "Prescription Discount Card Program" can help save families money on prescription medications.

A new service from FedEx allows package recipients to customize deliveries to their homes.

Hewlett-Packard (HP) launches a new class of servers for social, mobile, cloud, and big data.

Stericycle releases its "ExpertRECALL Index" for the fourth quarter of 2012.

A new survey from the U.S. Travel Association finds that couples who travel together have healthier and happier relationships.

It's not too late to ship packages via FedEx for delivery by Christmas.

Stericycle releases its "ExpertRECALL Index" for the third quarter of 2012.

According the Credit Union National Association (CUNA), America's credit unions have seen, over roughly the past year, their fastest new-member growth in more than a decade.

According to a new survey that was conducted on behalf of GE Generator Systems for this year's "National Preparedness Month" (September), many more American families now have an emergency-preparedness kit at home--although there's still plenty of room for improvement.

A driver for FedEx Freight is this year's "Grand Champion" at the "National Truck Driving Championships".

Stericycle releases its "ExpertRECALL Index" for the second quarter of 2012.

On behalf of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the president of Aiken Technical College discusses how America's community colleges are helping to build the nation's nuclear workforce.

Stericycle releases its "ExpertRECALL Index" for the first quarter of 2012.

FedEx is helping people make sure that their Mother's Day gifts arrive in time.

A survey from Union Bank finds that entrepreneurs are optimistic about the future of their companies, yet are pessimistic about the economy.

Donald Trump discusses Walgreens' newest efforts to promote walking.

A contest from Cardstore.com will allow one lucky person the chance to surprise their mother by popping out of a life-size card at her home.

Dr. Travis Stork partners with General Mills to offer tips for getting more whole grain into your diet.

Walgreens continues to help patients whose prescription insurance is managed by Express Scripts.

Through a contest from Diet Coke, people who "show some heart" can win a trip to attend the "Red Dress Collection Fashion Show".

The Washington, D.C., regional office of Bernstein Global Wealth Management believes that the U.S. economy may grow by three percent during 2012.

Over 50 General Mills cereals will now have more whole grain than any other single ingredient.

Walgreens is helping patients whose prescription-drug plans are served by Express Scripts.

AARP Missouri offers a free publication that educates consumers on how they can make their homes safer and more comfortable as they age.

According to Briggs & Stratton, it's particularly important during the winter months to prepare ahead of time for possible power outages.

The New Hampshire Grocers Association (NHGA) launches a new campaign to attract more out-of-state shoppers to New Hampshire.

Walgreens thanks veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service by giving them special discounts on Veterans Day.

The USO and Cheerios team up to help send thanks and support to America's military families.

Coca-Cola makes its cans white, in order to help support World Wildlife Fund's polar-bear conservation efforts.

The president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) discusses the U.S. solar industry's tremendous growth and future prospects.

Through its "Home Fit" program, AARP Missouri is educating consumers on how to make their home age-friendly and safe.

Corona is searching for a California resident to be its "Relaxation Expert".

The founder and CEO of Intelligent Office discusses how small businesses can maximize their economic performance--while also minimizing their costs.

NeighborWorks America offers tips on what potential homebuyers should do before they start shopping around.

The president of the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery (AACS) explains how stem cells can play an important role in cosmetic-surgery procedures.

AARP Pennsylvania is urging businesses and organizations throughout the state to apply for the national "AARP Best Employers for Workers over 50" program.

New mobile apps from the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) make it easier to check video-game rating summaries at the store.

On behalf of the National Honey Board, a sports nutritionist discusses how you can add some honey to your tailgating food in order to help keep your energy levels up.

Thanks to new partnerships with Blue Ocean Institute and the Monterey Bay Aquarium, Whole Foods Market is the first retailer to implement a comprehensive, science-based sustainability-ratings program for wild-caught seafood.

A new program from Whole Foods Market is funding salad bars for public schools across the country.

A new program from Nature Valley is raising funds to help preserve America's national parks.

The Toyota Camry tops this year's "American-Made Index" by Cars.com.

Through its "Photography in the Parks" program, Canon USA is, once again, offering photo workshops in national parks and sponsoring a related photo contest.

On behalf of Allergan, Dayna Devon discusses how treatment with a dermal filler can help women maintain their best appearance.

Walmart's "deep Rollbacks" will be helping Americans save millions of dollars on their groceries this summer.

Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci discuss the new "Boomers Building a Better America" program from Elations®--which will award grants to community leaders who are dedicating their time to volunteerism.

A new contest from Beneful-brand dog food will allow one dog owner's community to enjoy a dream dog park.

Argonne National Laboratory is joining in celebrating the first-ever "National Lab Day" (Wednesday, May 12th).

On behalf of Dos Equis, find out how you can make your Cinco de Mayo dishes more interesting.

Holistic Select pet food from WellPet may help your pet lead a better and healthier life.

A new line of creamers allows coffee drinkers to enjoy the flavor of BAILEYS®--without the alcohol.

On behalf of Seventh Generation, a pediatrician and author discusses how natural and organic products have come a long way, over the past 30 years.

Proceeds from a contest help efforts by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) to support and assist the families of fallen firefighters.

A free new online service from ZipList can help you simplify both your grocery shopping and your meal planning.

Results from the latest "Women and Affluence" survey from Citi's "Women & Co." resource program show that, in response to the recession, women are using their growing financial knowledge and influence to foster a more-open dialogue about money.

Proceeds from a contest sponsored by Oshkosh Defense help efforts by the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) to assist military personnel and their families.

Olympic swimmer Dara Torres discusses her involvement with a contest from BP Products North America that's looking for inspiring stories of how Americans maintain their youth and vitality.

The Jewelry Information Center (JIC) describes some of the trends in fine jewelry and watches that were featured at recent trade shows in Las Vegas.

According to Westwood College, career colleges help students meet the needs of a rapidly changing job market that requires specialized training and skills.  (For this report in Spanish, click here.)

A recipe for Asian-flavored burgers wins the grand prize in this year's "National Chicken Cooking Contest", sponsored by the National Chicken Council.

A food-media seminar sponsored, in part, by the National Chicken Council looks at how the food industry is dealing with the recession.

The president of Seventh Generation is featured in an upcoming TV special called "Big Green Lies"--which aims to separate myth from reality, when it comes to the conventional wisdom of green living.


-- Current Events & Public Affairs --

According to the Association of Mature American Citizens (AMAC), seniors and retirees are particularly concerned about higher energy bills being caused by new regulations on coal-powered electricity.

To help tornado-affected communities, AARP Mississippi donates to local American Red Cross chapters.

A report by IHS CERA finds that reducing diversity in America's power supply would significantly harm the economy.

In Alabama, AARP's senior principal and counsel promotes the organization's stands on Medicare and Social Security.

The president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation believes that a good immigration-reform measure can still be passed in 2014.

A new report from AARP and other organizations describes issues with the quality of care that older Mississippians currently receive.

  According to HNTB Corporation, more and more Americans are recognizing the benefits of public transportation.

A new website highlights the growing problem of tobacco smuggling along the Eastern Seaboard.

The president of AARP Foundation discusses how her organization's "Drive to End Hunger" initiative is a national sponsor of the National Association of Letter Carriers' food drive this year.

AARP Alabama believes that family caregiving is becoming more important throughout the state.

The American Petroleum Institute (API) believes that the administration's latest delay on "Keystone XL" shows a lack of leadership on energy.

On behalf of the American Petroleum Institute (API), a former national-security adviser urges the Obama administration to approve the "Keystone XL" pipeline.

AARP Mississippi applauds the formation of a committee to examine issues that relate to family caregivers and long-term-care services.

A senior vice-president at Booz Allen Hamilton discusses recent survey findings that underscore the need for acquisition reform at the Department of Defense.

The Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) continues to use a "business mindset" in supporting efforts to help veterans find jobs.

AARP Mississippi thanks state legislators for approving a bill that would provide "uniform adult guardianship".

AARP Virginia urges the General Assembly to take advantage of enhanced federal funding for healthcare coverage.

AARP Arizona is participating in the recently launched "Fraud Watch Network".

Both AARP Arizona and AARP Indiana list their legislative priorities for 2014.

The 60 Plus Association is supporting Florida's newest trauma centers against a legal challenge that could close them down.

The National Mining Association (NMA) believes that new standards for coal-fired plants could cause power and heating bills in the U.S. to rise.

The president and CEO of the American Petroleum Institute (API) discusses the "State of American Energy".

AARP Kansas is pleased that the Kansas Corporation Commission has granted Westar Energy a lower-than-requested rate increase.

Both AARP Arizona and AARP Mississippi remind seniors that this year's "Open Enrollment" period for Medicare is about to end.

AARP Massachusetts urges people to thank America's caregivers.

According to AARP Arizona, family caregivers often experience changes in their own lives.

AARP Utah reminds individuals about health-insurance marketplaces.

The "Digital 4th" coalition urges Congress to reform the "Electronic Communications Privacy Act" (ECPA).

AARP Virginia compiles the candidates' positions on issues that are important to voters age 50 or older.

AARP Indiana believes that enacting the "chained CPI" would harm both veterans and seniors.

The new "Stop Sarasota Waste NOW" campaign claims that the Sarasota County Public Hospital District abuses its taxing authority over the county's residents.

Officials representing various members of the National Association of Counties (NACo) discuss how their counties--and their constituents--are benefitting from the NACo/CVS Caremark "Prescription Discount Card Program".

AARP Utah urges people to be vigilant against potential fraud during the application period for health-insurance marketplaces.

AARP Arizona reminds people to not be confused by the overlapping open-enrollment periods for Medicare and the "Health Insurance Marketplace".

AMVETS calls on Congress to provide the full fiscal-year appropriation for all veterans programs.

A new website from AARP helps Arizonans--and others--understand how the healthcare law affects them.

AARP Arizona believes that enacting the "chained CPI" would harm both veterans and seniors.

According to the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), with the U.S. Postal Service's finances improving, it may now be more important to repeal a unique congressional mandate.

AMVETS urges Congress to pass a new bill that would protect America's veterans and servicemembers from discrimination.

According to the American Petroleum Institute's senior economic adviser, the U.S. needs to continue developing its natural-gas resources.

The president and CEO of the National Mining Association (NMA) believes that President Obama's plan to reduce carbon emissions may rely too much on aggressively regulating power plants.

According to the president of The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation, the Senate's immigration-reform bill focuses too much on quotas.

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) believes that nuclear energy must play a strong role in helping achieve U.S. climate goals.

According to AARP Massachusetts, the state's special election may be very important in determining the future of Social Security and Medicare.

AARP Wisconsin urges legislators to expand both Medicaid and Family Care.

AMVETS urges Congress to pass legislation that would protect America's veterans from discrimination in important areas of everyday life.

A new report for the American Petroleum Institute (API) finds that U.S. exports of "liquefied natural gas" (LNG) can boost the economy--but face competition.

Listen to statements from many of the participants in the 2013 National Association of Counties (NACo) Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC) "fly-in"--which was held May 7-9 in Washington.

Listen to statements from many of the participants in the 2013 National Association of Counties (NACo) Rural Action Caucus (RAC) "fly-in"--which was held April 23-25 in Washington.

The Coalition to Keep Michigan Warm urges Congress to protect funding for the "Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program" (LIHEAP).

A survey from TXP finds that Texans are spending more on gambling in neighboring states.

AARP Virginia believes that enacting the "chained CPI" would harm both veterans and seniors.

Officials representing various members of the National League of Cities (NLC) discuss how their cities--and their constituents--are benefitting from the NLC/CVS Caremark "Prescription Discount Card Program".

According to the American Petroleum Institute's executive vice president for government affairs, America's oil and natural-gas industry already pays its "fair share" of taxes.

AARP Nebraska renews its call for Medicaid expansion in the state.

AARP Massachusetts believes that enacting the "chained CPI" would harm both veterans and seniors.

The American Petroleum Institute's senior economic adviser urges President Obama to approve the "Keystone XL" pipeline.

The Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) reiterates its call for Congress to pass the "Marketplace Fairness Act".

The president and CEO of the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) discusses how nuclear energy continues to bring value to Americans.

A civil lawsuit filed by the Zalkin Law Firm, on behalf of a U.S. military veteran, alleges sexual abuse by a former Scoutmaster.

The Texas Association of Business (TAB) urges legislators to give Texans the right to vote on casino gambling.

The Campaign to Fix the Debt is launching new chapters in such states as Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Washington, and Wisconsin.

According to the executive director of the New York State Petroleum Council (NYSPC), an increasing number of voters believe that the state should be developing energy from shale.

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) urges both houses of Congress to start over on postal reform.

AARP Hawaii develops a voter guide for this year's primary election.

The state director of AARP D.C. discusses how HIV/AIDS continues to affect the 50+ population.

HNTB Corporation believes that--while the new long-term transportation bill is important--more work needs to be done.

Now that Amazon.com is collecting sales taxes in Texas, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) reiterates its call for Congress to pass national "e-fairness" legislation.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce applauds the passage of long-term highway and transit legislation.

The American Nurses Foundation (ANF) believes that--after the Supreme Court’s healthcare decision--America's nurses will play a crucial role in the nation's healthcare.

The "Carrier Alert" program--which was launched, in part, by the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC)--allows America's letter carriers to help their elderly or home-bound customers when something may be amiss.

AARP Hawaii supports a proposal that would prevent insurers from becoming voting members on the Hawaii Health Connector Board.

The Coalition to Protect Missouri Jobs urges the U.S. Senate to take action against "ambush elections" in the workplace.

The Arizona branch of the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) and the Arizona Retailers Association urge Governor Brewer to end the state's "special treatment" of Amazon.com.

The president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) describes how letter carriers in several major U.S. cities are prepared to deliver medicines to residents, in the event of a biological attack.

Even during an election year, the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) continues to push for "e-fairness" legislation.

Cubist Pharmaceuticals supports proposed legislation in Congress that's aimed at promoting the development of new antibiotics.

The Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce applaud the approval of new reactors at Plant Vogtle.

The Coalition to Protect Virginia Jobs is fighting what it calls Greenpeace's "unfounded attacks" against Mercury Paper.

AARP Georgia is against a proposal to restore the state's sales tax on groceries.

AARP D.C. is concerned about Pepco's rate-hike proposal.

"Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW!" (PCPAN) continues to advocate against the planned merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions.

Groups such as the Texas Pharmacy Association (TPA) and "Pharmacy Choice and Access Now" (PCAN) are concerned about Texas' current implementation of a Medicaid managed-care model for pharmacy services.

The Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF) continues to push for "e-fairness" legislation in Congress.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says that toys are safer this holiday season, due to stronger safety rules.

To mark this year's Veterans Day, the Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) receives a new donation of $3 million from Activision.

Speaking on behalf of the Alliance for Main Street Fairness (AMSF), a small-business owner urges senators to approve the just-introduced "Marketplace Fairness Act".

The American College of Radiology (ACR) urges Congress to avoid making more cuts to Medicare funding of imaging scans.

The executive director of the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) believes that Arizona, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, and Ohio all need to do more to encourage private investment in their water infrastructure.

The Coalition for a Fiscally Sound America (CFSA) urges Congress to focus on broad-based spending and tax reform.

AARP New Jersey urges Congress to not cut Social Security and Medicare benefits.

"Preserve Community Pharmacy Access NOW!" (PCPAN) urges the federal government to oppose the planned merger between Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions.

The president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) says that drastically overhauling the U.S. Postal Service would cost jobs in many other industries--and harm the overall economy.

According to the president of the National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC), drastically overhauling the U.S. Postal Service is both unnecessary and counterproductive.

To help raise awareness of veterans-unemployment issues, the Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) has teamed up with Pro vs. GI Joe on the "Purpose-Driven Rehab" tour.

According to HNTB, transportation investment does a lot more than just help create jobs.

The president and CEO of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) says that authorizing a long-term transportation bill would improve America's infrastructure, create jobs, and stimulate the economy.

Natural Gas for New Jersey commends Gov. Christie's conditional veto of a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the state.

On behalf of the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI), the head of U. S. Steel urges Congress to pass the "Infrastructure Jobs and Energy Independence Act".

Even with the new debt agreement, HNTB believes that investing in America's transportation system can still be a budget priority.

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) launches a campaign that targets "onerous" and "unpredictable" federal regulations.

According to AARP Hawaii, the state may not be preparing enough for the costs of its aging society.

AARP Minnesota will be delivering petitions urging the state's Congressional delegation to not cut Social Security and Medicare.

On behalf of the National Association of Children’s Hospitals (N.A.C.H.), families are meeting with members of Congress to discuss the importance of Medicaid and children's hospitals.  (For this report in Spanish, click here.)

The leader of the National Black Chamber of Commerce (NBCC) describes how state and local governments are looking for new ways to tax their residents.

A new report sponsored by the American Energy Alliance (AEA) finds that repealing tax deductions on U.S. energy companies would exacerbate the federal deficit.

AARP Pennsylvania is concerned about proposals in Congress that may include cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

A new study that was commissioned, in part, by the National Ocean Industries Association (NOIA) examined the impact on the American economy of the offshore oil and gas industry in the Gulf of Mexico.

AARP Missouri is concerned about proposals in Congress that may include cuts to Social Security and Medicare.

"Reform Swipe Fees NOW!" urges the Federal Reserve to base its final swipe-fee regulations on its "fair and reasonable" proposed rule.

AARP New Jersey believes that continuing to restrict funding for senior property-tax relief is a bad idea.

The National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) criticizes the just-announced release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

Reform Swipe Fees NOW! applauds Congress for protecting "commonsense" swipe-fee reform by voting against the Tester-Corker Amendment.

With long-term care in the Islands much more expensive than on the Mainland, AARP Hawaii believes that the state's residents should prepare more to meet their own care-related needs.

The president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) describes how the U.S. government should be responding to rising oil prices.

"Reform Swipe Fees NOW!" is urging Congress to reject proposed legislation that would delay the implementation of last year's reforms.

According to a recent study from AARP, only about one-third of older Georgians say that they have everything that they need to stay healthy.

AARP Hawaii is urging state legislators to avoid taxing pensions.

According to a new survey by HNTB Corporation, most Americans are in favor of increasing federal spending to repair the nation's crumbling transportation infrastructure.

A recent study from AARP finds that older New Yorkers don't have what they need to accomplish their most-important goals.

A recent study from AARP finds that the majority of Hawaii's older workers would delay their retirement, if the economy doesn't improve.

A recent study from AARP looks at the top challenges that are faced by older D.C. residents.

A recent study from AARP looks at how older African-Americans throughout New York are coping with economic difficulties.

A recent study from AARP finds that New Mexicans who are 50 or older have very specific ideas on how the state should try raising revenues.

According to a recent study from AARP, older Pennsylvanians don't have what they need to accomplish their most-important goals.

The "Reform Swipe Fees NOW!" coalition of business owners is urging the government to avoid weakening reforms that are aimed at combating "excessive" swipe fees.

A recent study from AARP examines the top problems and challenges that are faced by older Missourians.

The president of the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) discusses his organization's lawsuits against the EPA over regulations on greenhouse-gas emissions and increased levels of ethanol in gasoline.

According to the Fetzer Institute's "Survey of Love and Forgiveness in American Society", most Americans believe that--if we better understood the values of people in other countries--there would be less conflict.

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) are among those who are helping make progress in reducing explosive-based threats.

A new, non-partisan Web portal from Votesane PAC aims to empower the electorate--including by accepting online donations to candidates.

The just-released "'School Beverage Guidelines' Final Progress Report"--commissioned by the American Beverage Association (ABA)--finds that America's leading beverage companies have reduced beverage calories in schools by 88 percent.

The Center for Individual Freedom (CFIF) launches a new online campaign to oppose "Net Neutrality" rules.

According to a new study, proposed "Net Neutrality" regulations in the U.S. may end up killing jobs.

Toyota Motor Sales USA announces a comprehensive plan to fix accelerator pedals on recalled vehicles and ensure customer safety.

During the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Applied Materials is urging Americans to remember that promoting clean and sustainable energy must be a long-term goal.

According to the president of Business Roundtable, health-care reform should not include a public insurance plan.

Despite the current economic situation, a new report from Pre-K Now--a campaign of the Pew Center on the States--finds that most states are increasing or maintaining their funding of pre-kindergarten programs.

The president of the American Academy of Dermatology Association (AADA) discusses how dermatologists are meeting with members of Congress on what's needed in health-care reform.

According to the National Grange, "network neutrality" and other regulations may make it more difficult for rural communities to enjoy broadband access.

An economist with the American Sugar Alliance (ASA) discusses a new study on how candy companies--including those that have moved operations out of the U.S.--are still enjoying healthy sales.

Listen to statements from many of those participating in the 26th International Sweetener Symposium--which is being held August 1st-5th in Park City, Utah.

The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) is concerned that proposed legislation concerning long-term-care insurance may cause problems for consumers.

Listen to statements from many of those participating in the 2009 Annual Meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), being held July 17th-20th in Biloxi, Miss.

Members of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) will participate in a rally in Washington, D.C., to push for a health-care system that offers an option for public health insurance--and that does not tax employee health benefits.

According to a new report on behalf of the Health Industry Group Purchasing Association (HIGPA), "group purchasing organizations" can help promote greater efficiency and savings in the U.S. health-care system.

The Campaign for America's Wilderness applauds a new law that adds two-million acres of publicly owned land to the "National Wilderness Preservation System".

The latest MetLife "Survey of the American Teacher" finds both encouraging and not-so-encouraging news, when it comes to American education over the past 25 years.

The president of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) applauds the final Congressional approval of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act".


-- Entertainment & Sports --

Tom Bergeron discusses the 2014 edition of "A Capitol Fourth"--which will air on PBS on Friday, July 4th.

Joe Mantegna discusses this year's "National Memorial Day Concert"--which will air live on PBS on Sunday, May 25th.

With the deadline fast approaching for this year's "Hood Sportsmanship Scholarship Program"--presented by Hood Milk--former Bruins defenseman Gord Kluzak explains how to apply.

A full lineup of championship Bellator MMA fights will air live on Spike TV, on Saturday, November 2nd.

During April, WWE Superstar John Cena will match donations of frequent-flier miles to "Make-A-Wish".

Joe Mantegna (in English) and Javier Colón (in Spanish) both discuss the inaugural "National Salute to Veterans"--which will air on PBS on Sunday, November 11th.

According to a new survey from the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council, over 20 million hot dogs are expected to be consumed at Major League ballparks during the 2012 season.

A new section on American Greetings' website spotlights Taylor Swift.

On behalf of HP Hood, Miss Sprint Cup Kim Coon discusses how the VFW Foundation will be receiving a donation at this year's "Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400" (Sunday, June 19th).

Trevor Bayne teams up with Autism Speaks and HERSHEY'S Milk and Milkshakes.

MOG's new "All Access" digital-music service may forever change how you discover music.

To coincide with the theatrical release of "FAME" in September, MGM, Six Flags, and MySpace launch the "FAME National Talent Search".

A collaborative effort involving Nintendo of America and the National Association for Music Education (MENC) helps teachers incorporate "Wii Music™" into their lesson plans.


-- Health & Medicine --

Listen to statements from some of the optometrists who participated in the 2014 "Optometry's Meeting®"--which was held June 25th-29th in Philadelphia.

A clinical trial is testing an investigational treatment for "peripheral artery disease" that uses a patient's own stem cells.

As summer approaches, Orkin and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) remind people to be vigilant about ticks.

The March of Dimes releases its "2013 Premature Birth Report Card".

On behalf of Takeda, the president of the International Society on Hypertension in Blacks explains why African-Americans may need to be more proactive in dealing with high blood pressure.

On behalf of Takeda, a doctor reminds people why it's very important to manage their high blood pressure.

Because having well-qualified case managers is increasingly important, the Commission for Case Manager Certification (CCMC) has made changes to its eligibility criteria for those seeking to become board-certified case managers.

NxStage launches a new campaign that aims to raise awareness about the benefits of "home hemodialysis".

The president of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) offers advice to parents on how they can help their children cope more effectively with a disaster.

A survey that was conducted on behalf of Noven Therapeutics finds that moms of children with ADHD see successes in prescription-medication treatment--although challenges remain.

Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is involved with a clinical trial that's assessing the use of a child's own cord-blood stem cells to treat autism.

The March of Dimes and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) announce that 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico are pledging to reduce premature birth.

During "National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month" (September), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is educating men about this particular type of cancer.  (For this report in Spanish, click here.)

A study finds that a recently approved combination treatment called “Edarbyclor” may help some patients achieve greater reductions in their blood pressure.

Cord Blood Registry (CBR) is involved with a new clinical trial that aims to evaluate the safety of a child's own cord-blood stem cells to treat hearing loss.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) act to remove "homeopathic" HCG weight-loss products from the market.

Courtney Thorne-Smith is involved with a campaign that's aimed at providing women with the information that they need to make well-informed decisions about treatment with BOTOX® Cosmetic.

A new survey by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) finds that parents of older children are concerned about HPV and other vaccinations.

On behalf of Cord Blood Registry (CBR), a Florida state senator discusses a recently approved bill that helps inform parents about preserving cord-blood stem cells.

A clinical-research nurse with the National Cancer Institute (NCI) discusses how anyone can get skin cancer--even if they have darker skin.

A new documentary film produced by Janssen aims to help reduce the fear and stigma that's often associated with schizophrenia.

New research from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) finds that adults now represent a majority of inhalant-treatment admissions in the U.S.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), routine screening for cervical cancer can greatly reduce the incidence of disease among African-American women.

On behalf of Diet Coke, a health-and-fitness expert offers tips on how small increases in your regular physical activity can make a big difference for your heart's health.

On behalf of Cord Blood Registry (CBR), a researcher describes a new study in Georgia that's looking into whether stem cells from cord blood can help children with cerebral palsy.

On behalf of Cord Blood Registry (CBR), a researcher describes a new study in Texas that's looking into the use of a child's own cord blood to treat damaged brain tissue.

According to the just-released 2010 "America's Health Rankings" from United Health Foundation, the nation's healthiness is improving--but slowly.

WebMD announces its 2010 "Year in Health" lists of the top health-related stories, searches, questions, and trends.

According to the National Cancer Institute (NCI), when it comes to breast cancer, progress for Hispanic women in the U.S. is lagging behind.  (This report is only available in Spanish.)

The administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) describes the themes that are related to the 2010 observance of "National Alcohol and Drug Addiction Recovery Month" (September).

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) reminds everyone that--no matter how light or dark their skin is--they still may be at risk of developing skin cancer.  (This report is only available in Spanish.)

The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is encouraging members of minority populations to learn about cancer clinical trials.  (This report is only available in Spanish.)

Officials with the American Public Health Association (APHA) discuss how this year's "National Public Health Week" (April 5-11) focuses on helping individuals make healthy changes.

According to new data released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 12-year-olds are more likely to use potentially deadly inhalants than cigarettes or marijuana.  (For related audio in Spanish, click here.)

According to the chief scientific advisor to Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, research funding has been very important in helping make progress in the fight against breast cancer.

A new website from Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, the National Women's Health Resource Center (NWHRC), and the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) helps women be able to talk about sexual health with both their doctor and their partner.

On behalf of Walmart Vision Centers, Daisy Fuentes discusses how all children should receive regular, comprehensive vision examinations.  (For this report in Spanish, click here.)

According to the Society of Interventional Radiology (SIR), older Americans need to be careful about possible plaque buildup in the legs.

Mayo Clinic and Microsoft recently launched an online application that stores and organizes family health information--and delivers specific reminders and recommendations.

According to a new study published in the American College of Physicians' "Annals of Internal Medicine", repeated, intensive interventions increase the likelihood that a smoker will quit successfully.

A new study published in the American College of Physicians' "Annals of Internal Medicine" finds that patients who are connected to a particular physician are more likely to both receive guideline-specific care and follow through with treatment.

According to a new study published in the American College of Physicians' "Annals of Internal Medicine", telephone counseling is as effective as face-to-face doctor's visits, when it comes to weight loss.


See also our separate pages for listings of "Lens of Liberty" features from The Vernon K. Krieble Foundation (last updated on Saturday, May 24), "Discovery Files" features from the National Science Foundation (last updated on Thursday, September 11), ConsumerFeatures (last updated on Tuesday, August 26), public service announcements (last updated on Wednesday, October 10, 2012), "Ways to Make a Green Change" from Whole Foods Market, auto-repair tips from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, "Your Home Improvement Minute" features from NCB, and "Daily Clean-Energy Facts" from the Nuclear Energy Institute.  (In addition, check out demos for the health feature "Journey to Wellness".)