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The Gift That Tops Parents' Holiday Wish Lists May Surprise You

(NewsUSA) - The one gift that may secretly top most parents' holiday wish lists? Help with paying college costs for their kids. 

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Wednesday 11/28/2018
Junior Achievement Celebrates 100 Years
Posted: November 28, 2018

(NewsUSA) - Ask any young person what they want to be when they grow up and you most likely will get lofty answers, such as a pro-football player or a You Tube star. While admirable, it may be worthwhile to temper these expectations and get kids thinking about a Plan B that incorporates their dreams into the real world.

Tuesday 11/27/2018
How a College Scholarship Can Change Your Life
Posted: November 27, 2018

(StatePoint) College is a lot of work, from the application process through the last final exam that you take. While applying for scholarships may just sound like an additional task to complete on top of everything else, keep in mind that the potential money you are awarded could just change your life.

Wednesday 11/21/2018
How to Supplement Classroom Learning at Home
Posted: November 21, 2018

(StatePoint) While school provides children with a wealth of knowledge, parents are often looking for ways to support a wider range of development at home.

Tuesday 11/20/2018
How Families Today are Paying for College
Posted: November 20, 2018

(StatePoint) The way families pay for college is a good indicator of how much planning takes place before the first tuition bill arrives. A new study by Sallie Mae suggests that while families are feeling confident in their decision making, nearly 40 percent do not have a plan to pay for college.

Friday 11/16/2018
5 tips for entrepreneurs this Small Business Saturday
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Small Business Saturday is just around the corner, and for shoppers across the country, it means supporting local businesses and taking a day to let them know how much they are appreciated. It’s a day of shopping, sales and an overall emphasis on community as we reflect upon the importance of our local entrepreneurs, who continue to be a driving force in today’s economy. While communities prepare to shop small in a big way, it’s also an opportunity for small businesses to flex their muscles and grow their business. To do so, small businesses need to be prepared for the busyness Nov. 24 will bring this year. Here are some tips to help small businesses achieve the greatest possible success this Small Business Saturday:

Wednesday 11/14/2018
5 tips for an efficient and safe moving day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Moving to a new home can call for the coordination of a lot of details. That’s especially true if you’re a do-it-yourselfer who’s renting a truck rather than hiring a moving company.

Tuesday 11/13/2018
How to Take Advantage of National Scholarship Month
Posted: November 13, 2018

(StatePoint) Bargain hunters will spend November tracking down Black Friday deals to save on holiday shopping, but savvy higher education shoppers know November is also National Scholarship Month, a perfect time to find free money for college.

Monday 11/12/2018
From boots to business: Veterans give tips to fellow entrepreneurs
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - If you’re a veteran interested in opening your own small business, you’re far from alone.

Friday 11/09/2018
Tips to honor veterans on Veterans Day ... and every day
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - Hostility ceased on the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 after World War I. Armistice Day was then celebrated on the 11th day of November to mark the beginning of this peaceful era. Nationwide there were celebrations, parades, public meetings and suspension of business for two minutes at 11 a.m. Over the years, Congress has changed the date on which Armistice Day was celebrated, but in 1975 President Gerald Ford returned Armistice Day to Nov. 11, due to the significance and importance of the date.

Supporting our veterans, now and in the future
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, close to 40 million men and women have served our country and risked their lives to protect our freedoms and the way of life we hold dear since the dawn of the 20th century. They have put themselves in harm's way to protect, defend and serve countless individuals in countries around the world who face threat or harm from outside forces, and to stabilize and protect citizens and the vulnerable.

Thursday 11/08/2018
5 Simple Ways to Honor Our Veterans
Posted: November 08, 2018

(BPT) - As the air turns crisp with fall in full swing, our thoughts turn to the holidays and all the things for which we are thankful. A perfect way to kick off this season of thankfulness is taking time to honor our veterans who served in the United States Armed Forces by recognizing Veterans Day this November 11. This Veterans Day commands even more attention and reverence as the date marks the end of the World War I centenary, which began Aug. 4, 2014, to recognize the 100-year anniversary of World War I.

Tuesday 11/06/2018
Get a Jump Start on College Financial Aid
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) With the changing leaves and autumn chill come a few staples students can count on: fresh notebooks, fall festivals, and the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Friday 11/02/2018
Holiday Gift-Giving Can Help Employ Adults With Developmental Disabilities
Updated: November 16, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - This holiday season, checking off items on your gift list can also help provide jobs for adults with developmental disabilities.

Thursday 11/01/2018
Tax franchise owners give back to Nashville [Video]
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

Low-Cost Internet Program Helps Connect Families, Veterans
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 5:43 pm

(NewsUSA) - Most of us can't imagine life without Internet service at home. We use it every day for news and entertainment, as well as to research healthcare options for our families; to connect with friends and family; to search and apply for jobs, scholarships, or schools; or to shop and save time.

Wait, What? Scholarships Are Taxable?
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Everyone knows about scholarships. They’re no-strings-attached money to help students pay for their higher education. Right?

Tuesday 10/30/2018
Hepatitis C testing important for veterans
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(BPT) - When you go to the doctor for a physical, you'll probably have a variety of tests done to check for health concerns like blood pressure and cholesterol. One important test you should consider requesting is for hepatitis C. Why? A simple blood test now could save your life and potentially the lives of others.

Monday 10/29/2018
Fighting the good fight: 5 misconceptions about U.S. poverty
Updated: November 03, 2018 - 4:40 am

(BPT) - Many Americans will pass right by the Red Kettles and ringing bells of The Salvation Army this season.

How home dialysis impacted one woman's quality of life
Updated: November 03, 2018 - 4:41 am

(BPT) - A skeptic at first, 71-year-old Clara Tanner began her journey on dialysis treating in a center even though her son, who is her care partner and an experienced dialysis technician, continually tried to convince her to make the switch to home dialysis. After a year of going into a center for treatment, Tanner switched to treating in her home, and she’s stayed with that treatment option for the past 10 years.

Friday 10/26/2018
4 insurance myths and misconceptions dispelled
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(BPT) - There are several myths and misconceptions that exist when it comes to insurance. For example, true or false? It costs more to insure red cars. 

Friday 10/19/2018
Tech tricks: 5 digital improvements helping millennials reach life goals
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(BPT) - As innovation and technology drive our world forward, millennial consumers expect seamless experiences more-so than their older peers. This desire is motivating businesses to make processes and experiences more efficient through digital tools so they can ultimately meet the expectations of their customers.

Tuesday 10/16/2018
Center Offers Hope and Help for Binge Eating Disorder
Updated: December 05, 2018 - 2:40 am

(NewsUSA) - Many individuals who struggle with food and weight may be undiagnosed with the mental health illness of binge eating disorder (BED), according to a leading health pscychologist.

Monday 10/15/2018
Even During School Year, Fun Reading Important for Kids
Updated: November 30, 2018 - 2:49 am

(NewsUSA) - Most young kids love reading, but when the busy school year starts, it can be challenging to find the time to encourage them to read for fun.

Cultural Center Breathes Life into Historic School
Updated: November 29, 2018 - 2:32 am

(NewsUSA) - A former Nevada school for Indian children continues its mission of education, but now as a museum and educational center for tribal arts and culture.

Wednesday 10/03/2018
Opioids: How physician anesthesiologists are treating pain responsibly
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(BPT) - The opioid crisis has made physicians increasingly wary about prescribing the potentially addictive drugs to their patients in pain. Experts in pain medicine, such as physician anesthesiologists, are creating individualized pain management plans that include alternatives to opioids that are not only safer, but often work better.

Thursday 09/13/2018
Recipes to make your school year lunches fast and delicious
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - The school year is underway once again and for you the race is on. If you’ve been down this road before, then you know these nine months feel like a full-blown sprint where you are constantly running from one obligation to the next. And that doesn’t leave a lot of room to prepare meals and eat good-for-you foods, does it?

How to Help Prepare Young People for the Workforce
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Student loan debt is on the rise and, unfortunately, the high cost of tuition doesn’t mean that graduates are guaranteed to find high-paying, meaningful work after earning a degree.

Wednesday 09/12/2018
Your ultimate guide to everything you need throughout the school year
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school peak shopping season may be over for this year but as any parent will tell you, back-to-school shopping never ends in August. Kids are always in need of new supplies and the guide below will help you navigate last-minute shopping trips. Follow this four-step plan and stock up on these must-have items now, so when your student starts asking for them in a month or two, you will be ready.

How to spot and treat 4 common children's health Issues
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - From a cough that won’t go away to a sore throat they caught from the classroom, children and their vulnerable immune systems can fall victim to common illnesses quicker and more often than adults. However, while these health issues are typical, it is not always easy to identify what they are when symptoms strike.

How to Choose Tech Toys to Help Your Child Develop Crucial Skills
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Children today are growing up surrounded by technology from infancy. But even in a digital world, research has found that it’s crucial for kids to draw on classic play patterns that they have enjoyed for decades -- such as coddling a doll, kicking or throwing a ball and learning to follow the rules of a board game.

Monday 09/10/2018
5 back-to-school savings tips for parents
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - Back-to-school season is in full swing and parents are busy completing their shopping lists. Between new books, school supplies and the latest gadgets, sticking to a back-to-school budget is no small feat. Financial columnist, broadcaster and author Peter Dunn, known nationally as “Pete the Planner,” has some great, deal-savvy shopping tips to help you find the best values and save money during this back-to-school shopping season.

Finding the support teachers need during the school year
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - The school year has begun, and while the back-to-school expenses of many parents are done for the summer, students will still have ongoing needs throughout the year. But parents are not the only ones who spend their own hard-earned cash to make the school year a success, and they are not the only ones that can expect the costs to continue throughout the year.

Friday 09/07/2018
6 ways public broadcasting serves local communities
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Nonprofit broadcasting outlets keep families connected to their community, informed on the news of the day and entertained regardless of age, gender or demographic background.

Report: College is Worth the Cost, But Planning is Key
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Despite rising college costs, a clear majority of families believe higher education is well-worth the investment, and most students and parents are willing to stretch themselves financially to make it happen, according to a new study.

Thursday 09/06/2018
Want better workplace results? Research says take it outside
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - From standing desks and team-building events to onsite services and remote work opportunities, companies have adapted over the years to adopt new solutions that will grow their company, improve employee retention and increase productivity.

Wednesday 09/05/2018
The cost of failing to modernize public transit [Infographic]
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am

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Saturday 09/01/2018
How New Technologies Will Support STEAM Learning this School Year
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) With each new school year comes a brand-new set of subjects, books and teachers. It also means new technologies being introduced into the classroom.

Thursday 08/30/2018
Unretire yourself with these 10 hot jobs (Slideshow)
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:45 am

Wednesday 08/29/2018
Life-saving dialysis at 19 leads to career in nursing
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - When Fallon Bell was 19, she was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, the same disease that her mother and aunt lived with. Chronic kidney disease, or CKD, is when a person’s kidneys no longer provide the function of filtering toxins from the blood. Shortly after her diagnosis, Bell began dialysis, which performed the function of her kidneys. Dialysis is a necessary, life-saving treatment when the kidneys are no longer able to function, but can be demanding because patients usually require treatment three times a week, four hours at a time.

New home? 6 steps for preventing pests from moving in
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Moving into a new home is chaotic. You’ve got decorating to do, a neighborhood to explore, and a house to keep in tiptop shape. The last thing you need in the midst of all that commotion is the added headache of household pests like ants, cockroaches or rodents. With a few tips from Terminix, you can keep your move running smoothly and ensure no unexpected pests move in with you.

7 healthy, kid-approved lunchbox ideas
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Kids' school days are packed with learning, laughing and lots of fun. To get the most out their time in class, it's important their bodies and minds are properly fueled. Packing a healthy lunch is on of the easiest ways parents can support their child's education during the day while they can't be there. Healthy foods keep distracting hunger pangs at bay while providing important nutrients to support focus and learning.

Tuesday 08/28/2018
A vacation deprivation crisis: Americans are not using their PTO
Updated: November 19, 2018 - 2:32 am

(BPT) - Americans need a vacation. More than half of working Americans, 52 percent, didn't use all of their PTO last year, collectively leaving 705 million vacation days on the table. That means employers got 705 million of your hard-earned workdays for free. For the love of Jimmy Buffett, people, why are you essentially volunteering at work on your PTO days when you could plant yourself on the beach with an adult beverage instead?

5 ways play and learning go hand-in-hand
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - Children are hard-wired to play. However, busy schedules, homework, classes and structured activities like sports and dance classes can often get in the way of allowing kids to feel free to express that natural behavior.

Why kids have a shortage of free time and what parents can do about it
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:47 am

(BPT) - A typical school night can get pretty hectic. Once the kids get home, there’s a scramble to get to after-school activities, then dinner and finally, homework.

New Classroom Technologies Can Make Learning Easier and More Fun
Updated: November 08, 2018 - 4:51 am

(StatePoint) Technology is changing the face of education. Check out the newest ways teachers are modernizing their lesson plans in order to make learning easier and more fun.

Monday 08/27/2018
5 ways to make the most of your first year of college
Updated: November 18, 2018 - 2:38 am

(BPT) - When you hear people talk about the best years of their life, college will inevitably come up. After all, these are the years when you can first experience the freedom of living on your own and the time when your future will truly be what you make of it.

3 tips to make meal prep into an enjoyable family activity
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - We all love sitting down together for a hot meal. Unfortunately, preparing the meal itself turns into a chore that usually falls to one family member (Mom).

Friday 08/24/2018
Study finds small businesses have a big impact on the economy
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:45 am

(BPT) - When small businesses get the financing they need to grow, it creates a ripple effect throughout the entire economy, according to a new report.

Battling back-to-school pest problems
Updated: December 11, 2018 - 2:46 am

(BPT) - A new school year means backpacks stuffed with school supplies and the return to classrooms. It also means an increased chance of your child encountering pests or unknowingly bringing them home. From sweaty locker rooms to classroom floors riddled with food scraps, schools provide a whole host of tempting places where pests like insects and rodents may be. The experts at Terminix have a few pointers on common pests your young scholar may come into contact with while at school and how to limit interaction with them.