Jackson, Mississippi (NAPSI) - While most students hope to be popular while at college, for many colleges, the quest for popularity can take an intriguing turn.

Yuma, Arizona (NAPSI) - Despite increases in their frequency and severity, power outages are still viewed by many people as merely inconvenient. Short outages perhaps four hours or less certainly fall within that category. Beyond that, power outages can start to cost you a lot of money. Here are five ways an extended power outage can impact your checkbook:

Washington, DC - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new tool today to help communities prepare for, deal with and recover from floods. The Flood Resilience Checklist offers strategies that communities can consider, such as conserving land in flood-prone areas; directing new development to safer areas; and using green infrastructure approaches, such as installing rain gardens, to manage stormwater.

Colorado Springs, Colorado (NAPSI) - Paying it forward can pay off on your next tax return, if you keep track of your donations.

San Francisco, California (NAPSA) - From pointers on grains to basic knife skills and insights on food trends, students at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts learn the foundational techniques they need to create amazing dishes.

Colorado Springs, Colorado (NAPSI) - Most people have heard of someone who made a bundle from investing in a stock. For every person who made a small fortune, however, there’s probably someone who lost his pants. Simply hearing about a potential winning stock and blindly investing isn’t good enough these days.

Houston, Texas (NAPSI) - Fairgoers looking to “beef up” their understanding of the economics of agriculture, including the risks and costs of bringing commodities to the marketplace, will get their chance at 120 state and county fairs this summer. National 4-H Council and CME Group are again bringing their Commodity Carnival, an educational fair experience, to 11 states in year two of their partnership.