Jessica Kitchin

Environmental Justice: An Emerging State Issue

By: - August 2, 2004

People who live in north and northeast Portland, Ore., are nestled in a perfect storm of blight, with commercial railroads and heavily-used highways scything through their neighborhoods, industrial plants scattered around and the Superfund-listed Willamette River just to the west. Like many areas burdened with environmental problems, these neighborhoods also have high rates of unemployment […]

Michigan Tops List as Model for Mouse Clickers

By: - July 23, 2004 is the place to go for inquisitive citizens with an Internet hookup, winning the No. 1 ranking in a new survey that rates state and local e-governments. Michigan’s Web site, which opens with an inviting view of Luddington State Park’s Big Sable Lighthouse overlooking Lake Michigan, was first on a top-10 list of digital […]

State Fairs Sell Good Old Days in New-Fashioned Ways

By: - June 23, 2004

Maybe it’s the annual tractor pulls, or the aristocratic waves of the state fair queens. Maybe it’s the life-size butter sculpture of a cow. Something about a state fair still draws people in. Iowa’s rural ritual — made famous in the 1945 classic movie, “State Fair” — is the cream of the crop of the […]

States Pause to Remember Ronald Reagan

By: and - June 10, 2004

More than half of the nation’s governors will attend funeral services in Washington, D.C., for former President Ronald Reagan Friday, and at least 13 states are closing their government offices on what’s been declared a national day of mourning. At least 30 governors are expected to travel to the nation’s capital. Kentucky Gov. Ernie Fletcher […]