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For Earth Day 2016, EPA is focusing on the issue of food recovery. About 40 percent of the nation’s food supply is lost or wasted, which results in decreased food security, adds unnecessary waste to landfills, and adds to methane emissions, which contribute to climate change. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, food loss and waste is estimated to cost retailers and consumers about $161 billion each year.

This year marks the National Park Service’s centennial. Protecting and preserving America’s historical places, cultural heritage sites and natural treasures for 100 years, the National Park Services helps to ensure that 400 sites across the country will be around for generations to come. And according to NPS, for every $1 invested in national parks, $10 is returned to the U.S. economy through tourism and recreational visitors. With national parks located throughout the 50 states and U.S. territories, it’s easy to #FindYourPark at www.nps.gov.

Here’s a look at the top 10 states and the District of Columbia for the number of recreational visitors to national parks in 2015.

Ballots that address the minimum wage have been certified for 2016 to appear in three states with certification pending in another eight states. All of the initiatives seek to raise the minimum wage, except one - in South Dakota, the Decreased Youth Minimum Wage Referendum is a veto referendum that would overturn Senate Bill 177, which decreased the minimum wage for workers under age 18 from $8.50 to $7.50 and provide that the youth minimum wage is not pegged to inflation.

Prior to 1996, the minimum wage was rarely an issue addressed on state ballots. Since 1996 however, the minimum wage has increasingly appeared on state ballots, and could appear on the ballot in a record 11 states in 2016. The first time the minimum wage appeared on a state ballot was in 1912 in Ohio.

"Based on observational, cohort and case-control studies there is strong scientific consensus that Zika virus is a cause of GBS [Guillain-Barre syndrome], microcephaly and other neurological disorders," the World Health Organization said in a Situation Report dated March 31, 2016. 

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