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Volunteer firefighter dies from injuries suffered in fire

Jun. 22, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

PLEASANTON, Kan. (AP) — A volunteer firefighter who was injured while fighting a blaze in Pleasanton earlier this week has died, officials said. Joshua Haynes, 35, was injured Monday during a fire at the Carpenter Chiropractor Clinic. He was flown to the University...

Chaka Khan, Ukraine tribute highlight Boston Pops show

Jun. 22, 2022 15:19 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular on the July Fourth holiday this year will feature guest artist and 10-time Grammy winner Chaka Khan as well as a performance of the Ukrainian national anthem, the Boston Symphony Orchestra announced Wednesday. The show at the...

Phoenix woman promotes outdoor recreation for girls of color

Jun. 18, 2022 13:55 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — From a young age, Raquel Gomez loved being outside. Her parents took her biking, climbing, sledding, inline skating and swimming. At 10 years old she joined the Girl Scouts and got exposed to camping. But besides the thrill of sleeping outside, singing by a campfire...

Volunteers to gather to clean up Kentucky River on Saturday

Jun. 17, 2022 04:09 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The annual Kentucky River Clean Sweep is this weekend, and organizers are asking for volunteers to help with the effort. The event takes place on Saturday, and it's Lexington's first River Sweep since 2019. Participants will go out on boats to...

Editorial Roundup: South Carolina

Jun. 16, 2022 15:59 PM EDT

The Times and Democrat. June 16, 2022. Editorial: Guardians ad litem can make big difference It’s not uncommon in many situations to hear people ask: “How can I help?” In the case of children in the family court system because of abuse and...

Tennessee parks offer community service hours for students

Jun. 16, 2022 04:02 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State Parks will offer volunteer work events at parks across the state this month for Tennessee Promise scholars to fulfill their community service hours. Tennessee Promise is a scholarship program that gives students the chance to attend college...

Florida announces director of newly reactivated state guard

Jun. 15, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

MADEIRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Florida’s governor announced the first director of a newly reactivated Florida State Guard on Wednesday to bolster the state’s National Guard with a focus on responding to disasters in the hurricane-prone region. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis said the...

Most Shelby volunteer boards won't ask about criminal past

Jun. 14, 2022 17:37 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Commissioners in Tennessee's most populous county approved an ordinance that removes questions about criminal histories from most applications to join volunteer boards and commissions, officials said Tuesday. Sponsored by Democratic and Republican...

North Carolina fire department saves dog from flooded car

Jun. 14, 2022 13:57 PM EDT

CURRITUCK, N.C. (AP) — A dog trapped inside a car that was flooded and upside down in a canal in North Carolina survived for 20 minutes before volunteer firefighters rescued it, officials said. In a Facebook post, the Crawford Township Volunteer Fire Department said it received a...

Israeli divers haul trash from ancient site for Oceans Day

Jun. 10, 2022 12:38 PM EDT

CAESAREA, Israel (AP) — Divers visiting the ancient seaport of Caesarea on Israel’s Mediterranean coast occasionally find treasure, but on Friday they searched for trash. Twenty six scuba-diving volunteers removed around 45 kilograms (100 pounds) of garbage from between the...