National Parks' Advocates Plead for Better Funding As Holiday Crowds Converge


WASHINGTON, D.C. – The unofficial start of summer is here - and the country's national parks are embracing the Memorial Day crowds - but advocates ...Read More

Summer Air Travel: Know Your Rights – or Lack Thereof

May 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Despite what some say is the recently shameful behavior of some airlines in dealing with their paying customers, record numbers of ...Read More

Summit Aims to Construct a New, Sustainable Economy


BOULDER, Colo. – Experts in a variety of fields will gather this week in Boulder, Colo., for the Regenerative Future Summit, an event focused on ...Read More

VA Merchant: Financial CHOICE Act a “Bad Choice” for Stores, Consumers

May 12, 2017

RICHMOND, Va. – Supporters of the Financial Choice Act in Congress say it creates opportunity for investors, consumers and entrepreneurs - but local ...Read More

Solitary Poses Increased Risks to Older Prisoners


NEW YORK -- While the harm done to juveniles by solitary confinement has received increasing attention, advocates say the impact of extreme isolation ...Read More

Battle Over Net Neutrality Heats Up Again

May 4, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Internet activists are gearing up for another battle after U.S. Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Ted Cruz of Texas introduced a bill ...Read More

Trump's 'Criminal Alien' Hotline Tied Up with Calls on UFO Encounters

May 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A hotline set up by the Trump administration to report crimes committed by undocumented immigrants may be backfiring. Run by ...Read More

Climate Protections, Fuel Standards, Offshore Oil Drilling: Trump's "Profound Change"

May 1, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- President Trump marked his 100th day in office this weekend, saying his administration "had brought profound change to Washington.” ...Read More

Food Industry Wants Latest Nutrition Info Back-Burnered

April 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – Revisions to food nutrition fact labels have been in the works for quite some time, but Americans may have to wait even longer for the ...Read More

Learn More About You and Your Family on National DNA Day

March 24, 2017

BETHESDA, Md. - National DNA Day is Tuesday, Apr. 25, when scientists and doctors seek to inform people about the important roles genetics play in ...Read More

Are Trump Policies Prompting "Back-Door Militarization" of Local Police?

April 21, 2017

SAN DIEGO – Some progress had been made in taking steps to demilitarize local police in America, but an expert on the effects of police ...Read More

Free Admission This Weekend to All National Parks

April 17, 2017

WASHINGTON – This week is National Park Week, which means admission is free to all 417 parks and cultural sites this weekend. The National Park ...Read More

Syrian Refugees: After the Missiles

April 14, 2017

WASHINGTON – It gripped the news headlines, as President Donald Trump ordered missile strikes on a Syrian airfield after a chemical attack killed ...Read More

Healthier Community, Healthier Child for Georgia

April 10, 2017

ATLANTA – Inspired by a national model, Georgia is making strides in revamping its approach to juvenile detention. As part of juvenile justice ...Read More

New Jersey, National Leader in Juvenile Detention Reform

April 10, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey is paving the way for states working to decrease the use of juvenile detention, thanks to the support of a national model. ...Read More

It’s Tax Time. Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

April 10, 2017

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - Tax Day is a week from tomorrow - Tues., Apr. 18. But when you make those income-tax payments, do you know where the money ...Read More

'Aloha Spirit': Initiative Keeps Hawaiian Youths Out of Detention, In Community

April 7, 2017

HONOLULU – April marks the 25th anniversary of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, which has greatly reduced the United States' ...Read More

Rural Communities Hardest Hit by Proposed Public Media Funding Cuts

April 6, 2017

HOUSTON – The future of public broadcasting is in question under President Donald Trump's proposed federal budget. Nationwide, the annual budget ...Read More

Poll: AL Voters Disagree with Medical Malpractice Bill

April 3, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Voters in Alabama and several other key red states are overwhelmingly opposed to a bill in Congress that would limit a patient's ...Read More

House Bill Negates Georgia's Malpractice Law

April 3, 2017

ATLANTA – Voters in Georgia and several other key red states are overwhelmingly opposed to a bill in Congress that would limit a patient's ability to ...Read More

Medicaid Changes Called a Threat to Long-Term, Nursing-Home Care

April 3, 2017

BOSTON — A proposed Medicaid change central to ongoing GOP healthcare plans could be a threat to long-term care for millions of seniors, consumer ...Read More

Overturning Online Privacy Rules May Impact Immigrants

March 30, 2017

NEW YORK -- Privacy advocates say overturning Federal Communications Commission rules on Internet privacy will put all consumers' personal ...Read More

Coast-to-Coast Opposition Grows to Sessions' Sanctuary Cities Stand

March 29, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Jurisdictions from one end of the nation to the other say they're not backing down, despite U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' ...Read More

With Rollback of FCC Rule, ISPs Could Sell Your Web Activities


WASHINGTON – Resolutions in Congress could end an Obama era Federal Communications Commission rule that would keep Americans' Internet habits out of ...Read More

Report: Educators Have Role in Criminal Justice Reform

March 20, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. – When looking at the impacts on children of mass incarceration in New Jersey and other states, a new report suggests criminal justice ...Read More

National Parks Face Funding Backlog for Maintenance, Repairs


DENVER - With attendance at record levels in 2016, America's national parks appear to be more popular than ever. However, advocates for the National ...Read More

Report: Criminal Justice, Educational Policies Should Go Hand in Hand

March 16, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – When looking at the impacts on children of mass incarceration in Kansas and other states, a new report suggests criminal justice ...Read More

Justice Denied? Alabama Group Wants EPA to Address Landfill Complaint

March 15, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – An Alabama community is taking the Environmental Protection Agency to task for not addressing civil-rights complaints related to ...Read More

Expert: Attempts to Criminalize Protests Will Fail

March 6 2017

COLLEGE PARK, Md. – In recent months, no less than 18 states have introduced – and, in some cases, actually voted on – legislation designed to curb ...Read More

Child Advocates Concerned Trump Administration Could Erode Progress in Juvenile-Justice Reform


WASHINGTON, D.C. - As President Trump pushes for an escalation in defense spending, many on the front lines of juvenile justice are raising concerns ...Read More

Divest Movement Spurs Growth of Community Banks, Credit Unions

February 28, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Recent events surrounding the Dakota Access Pipeline and the presidential election are spurring interest among consumers in what ...Read More

National Leaders Encouraged to Unite Against "Alien Invaders"

Feburary 27, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – While the exponential growth of trade and travel in recent decades has broadened the country's horizons, it also has made it much ...Read More

Wind, Gas Cheapest Power Sources for Most of U.S., Followed by Nuclear and Solar


AUSTIN, Texas – A county-by-county look at the cost of electricity finds wind and natural gas the cheapest power sources for most of the country, ...Read More

Consumer Advocates: Merger, New FCC Focus Imperil Net Neutrality

February 16, 2017

WASHINGTON – Internet users' concerns about access, privacy and pricing have taken on an even sharper focus. On Wednesday Internet pioneer Yahoo ...Read More

ICE Raids Spark More Protests

February 13, 2017

NEW YORK – Advocacy groups say stepped up immigration raids in New York and at least five other states will bring increased protests and resistance. ...Read More

GOP Senator's Call to Repair ACA Before Repeal Could Save Jobs


DENVER -- New research shows that if Republicans make good on promises for a swift repeal of Obamacare, the nation would lose 1.2 million jobs, and ...Read More

Will Protest Movement of 'Electronic Constituents' Flourish or Fizzle?


PORTLAND, Ore. – Mobilized in a keystroke, thousands showed up at airports across the country last week to protest President Donald Trump's executive ...Read More

Business Group Condemns Pipeline Approvals


WASHINGTON, D.C. – Businesses are speaking out against President Donald Trump's actions allowing the controversial Keystone XL and Dakota Access ...Read More

New Monuments to Tell Story of Alabama's Civil Rights History

January,13 2017

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – A wide spot on Highway 202 between Atlanta and Birmingham marks the place where an act of violence fueled the nation's civil ...Read More

VT Habitat, Water Quality Falling Victim to U.S. Ethanol Mandate

December 19, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. – A new report shows how land, water and wildlife habitat in Vermont and other states has fallen victim to the unplanned consequences ...Read More

Unplanned Consequences: Impact of Ethanol Mandate in Delaware

December 19, 2016

DOVER, Del. – A new report shows how land, water and wildlife habitat in Delaware and other states has fallen victim to the unplanned consequences of ...Read More

NJ Tied for Last in Protecting Children from Tobacco


TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey is one of only two states that budgeted no money for tobacco prevention and cessation efforts this year. According to ...Read More

Report: Foster Parents Need a Bigger Voice

November 21, 2016

ATLANTA – When children have to be removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect, a new report looks at ways to improve their care by giving ...Read More

Report: South Carolina Makes Major Strides in Children's Health Coverage

October 27, 2016

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina is making major strides in its work to ensure more children have access to health care coverage, according to a ...Read More

Report Shows Hawaii Leader in Children's Health Coverage

October 27, 2016

HONOLULU – Even in a state already providing for its children, Hawaii made great strides to cut its rate of uninsured children in half between 2013 ...Read More

Report: Vermont Tops in Nation for Ensuring Children Have Health Insurance

October 27, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Vermont is tops in the nation when it comes to ensuring that children in the state have health insurance coverage, according to a ...Read More

Number of Uninsured Children in Louisiana Halved Since 2008, Report Shows

October 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. – More than 96 percent of Louisiana children have health insurance with an additional 23,000 children getting coverage since 2013, ...Read More

NJ Getting Health Insurance to More Children, Report Says


TRENTON, N.J. – New Jersey has made great progress in reducing both the number and rate of children without health insurance, according to a report ...Read More

Georgia Makes Progress in Insuring Children; More Work to Do, Says Report

October 27, 2016

ATLANTA – A nationwide report on children’s health care shows that 93 percent of Georgia's children have health insurance. But the report, ...Read More

Report: Time to Close Door on Youth Prisons in Kansas

October 24, 2016

TOPEKA, Kan. – Children should not be kept behind bars, according to a new report that examines the ineffectiveness of youth prisons in Kansas and ...Read More