The Maryland Mortgage Program sets aside $30 million to make loans available at 3.75 percent in the region.
Eastern Illinois University plans new on-campus clean-energy research center.
In Nebraska the homeless count has advocates optimistic, the Omaha World-Herald.
The Root runs, the Obama Administration Tackles Race and Asthma.
HUD funds a one million dollar renovation of upscale low-income townhouses in central Kansas City.
And, California sets stronger energy efficiency rules for buildings, The Los Angeles Times.