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Green Burials: When Everything New is Old

July 19, 2018

LOS ANGELES – For many Americans, it's never a good day to die, partly because it's so hard to talk about it. That might be changing as more ...Read More

Through Research, Native Americans Find Ways to Shift Negative Stereotypes

July 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — A new report finds contradictory stereotypes about Native Americans persist in the United States. Researchers say it's the largest ...Read More

Growing Number of Workers Don't Unplug on Vacation

July 12, 2018

DENVER – Summer is typically when workers who get paid vacation take time off to relax and recharge. But according to a new survey from the ...Read More

Seattle's Campaign to Ban Plastic Straws Goes Nationwide

July 5, 2018

SEATTLE - To rid the world's oceans of plastic pollution, environmental advocates are hoping Seattle's move to ban plastic straws will send ripple ...Read More

EPA Coal-Ash Decision Sparks Lawsuit

July 2, 2018

WASHINGTON -- Environmentalists say they will sue to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from allowing Oklahoma to oversee toxic coal-ash ...Read More

Sparked by Family Separations, Protesters Nationwide Occupy ICE Buildings

June 28, 2018

PORTLAND, Ore. — Twelve days into their occupation, protesters encamped outside of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters in Portland, ...Read More

Who'll Count the Kids? Delaware Plans for U.S. Census

June 27, 2018

NEWARK, Del. – Delaware finds itself in the middle of the pack, ranked 27th among states in the new 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released Wednesday. ...Read More

Report: Accurate Census Counts Needed to Keep D.C. Kids Moving Forward

June 27, 2018

WASHINGTON – Federal funding is paying off for programs that benefit children and families in the Washington metro area, according to the 2018 KIDS ...Read More

Louisiana Kids Not Keeping Pace on Child Well-Being

June 27, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. – Despite some progress over the past eight years, an annual report ranks Louisiana 49th among states for children's well-being....Read More

Mississippi Builds Momentum in Improving Child Well-Being

June 27, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. – Mississippi is building momentum when it comes to improving the lives of children. The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today ...Read More

SC Receives Highest Marks Ever in Child Well-Being Survey

June 27, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina is doing something right when it comes to improving the well being of its children. The Annie E. Casey ...Read More

Oklahoma Falls Behind Rest of Nation on Child Well-Being

June 27, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Oklahoma lost ground in an annual report on children's well-being, ranking 44th in the nation. The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data ...Read More

Report: Alaska Recession Affecting Kids' Well-Being

June 27, 2018

JUNEAU, Alaska – Alaska isn't keeping up with other states in terms of children's well-being, according to a new report that ranks the state 46th ...Read More

Report: Children's Well Being in Hawaii Improving

June 27, 2018

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The new state rankings on child well being are out – and Hawaii remains solidly in the middle – 24th in the nation, according to ...Read More

Child Well-Being: Is 13th Place Good Enough for Kansas Kids?

June 27, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – Kansas kids are faring better than those in many other states, according to the 2018 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today. The ...Read More

Child Well-Being: New Jersey Takes First Place for Education

June 27, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey leads the nation when it comes to education outcomes for children, according to the new KIDS COUNT Data Book released ...Read More

Vermont Still a Top State for Child Well-Being

June 27, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. – Vermont is a pretty good place to be a child, according to an annual snapshot of child well being. The 2018 KIDS COUNT Data ...Read More

Life is Looking Better for Georgia Children

June 27, 2018

ATLANTA – While children and families in Georgia still face challenges, an annual snapshot of child well being shows some promising trends for the ...Read More

Report: Alabama Children Faring Better Than Ever Before

June 27, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama is making strides in improving the lives of its children. The state ranks 42nd for overall child well being in the ...Read More

Investments Paying Off for Rhode Island Children

June 27, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The latest figures on the well being of children shows Rhode Island ranks 19th in the nation, but child advocates fear trouble ...Read More

Navigating Digital Solutions in the Age of Big Tech

June 26, 2018

WASHINGTON - As the Federal Trade Commission seeks ideas on how to better police Big Tech, a newly launched nonprofit is helping existing small ...Read More

Russian Money to NRA May Have Had Major Impact

June 25, 2018

WASHINGTON — Watchdogs say an unknown amount of Russian dark money funneled through the National Rifle Association helped Donald Trump win the ...Read More

Diaper Duty an Economic Burden for 1-in-3 Families

June 18, 2018

WASHINGTON — Diaper duty can certainly be stressful for parents of young children. But for some parents, it's a stress not just on their patience, ...Read More

Lead Contamination in Schools' Drinking Water Worse Than Previously Thought

June 14, 2018

BOSTON — As schools begin summer break, environmental groups are urging public officials to take swift action to "get the lead out" of drinking water ...Read More

Groups Fear Zinke Shakeup of Public Lands Management

June 11, 2018

WASHINGTON – The federal department that controls the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and dozens of ...Read More

Group Asks Feds to Nix Chinese Government Control of Port of Long Beach

June 6, 2018

LONG BEACH, Calif. - Advocates for national security are urging the Trump administration to block a proposed deal that would give a company owned by ...Read More

Governors Pen Letter to Oppose Trump's "Gag Rule" on Abortion

June 4, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO — The Trump administration won a battle in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday (6/4) effectively banning abortions for undocumented minors ...Read More

Puerto Rico Fire Stations Get Solar Power Ahead Of Hurricane Season

May 31, 2018

SAN JUAN, P.R. — A nonprofit that's installing solar energy systems in some fire stations in Puerto Rico ahead of hurricane season hopes it can show ...Read More

Report Deems Cell Towers, Power Lines Threats to Wildlife

May 28, 2018

WASHINGTON – It's hard to imagine what life was like before cell phones and their necessary towers dotted the landscape from coast to coast. But ...Read More

Experts: Be Prepared for Hurricane Season Regardless of Prediction

May 23, 2018

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - While hurricane experts predict a slightly less active Atlantic hurricane season, they maintain it's important to be prepared ...Read More

Administration Continues Push for Arctic Oil

May 21, 2018

WASHINGTON – Environmental advocates are concerned that the Trump administration is rushing through a plan to allow oil drilling in the Arctic ...Read More

Senate Votes to Block FCC's Net-Neutrality Rollback

May 17, 2018

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate took a stand on open internet protections yesterday, voting 52-47 to stop a recent move by the Federal Communications ...Read More

Get a Job: Experts See Benefits in Service-Sector Summer Employment

May 14, 2018

NEW YORK — With the end of the school year right around the corner, students and parents are considering how they might spend the summer. And while ...Read More

How Can We Calculate the Real Value of Energy Jobs?

May 14, 2018

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has justified energy projects such as the Keystone XL or Atlantic Coast pipelines by saying they'll create ...Read More

Many States Still Using Vulnerable Electronic Elections Systems

May 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With just six months until the midterm elections in November, experts say America's voting infrastructure remains extremely ...Read More

Poor People's Campaign for Social Justice Kicks Off

May 7, 2018

A movement inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King is launching a 40-day campaign to bring attention to issues of poverty, racism, ...Read More

Study: Policy Changes Needed to Combat Nursing Fatigue

May 3, 2018

MADISON, Wis. — A new study is calling for a "culture change" in health care, to help prevent life-threatening mistakes at the nation's hospitals. ...Read More

Tax Fight: Airbnb Called Out for "Sweetheart Deals"

April 25, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. - With the busy summer travel season just around the corner, a newer player in the lodging game is being called out in allegations ...Read More

New Eviction Data Underscores America's Affordable-Housing Crisis

April 23, 2018

WASHINGTON — New data from the Eviction Lab project shows that more than 6,000 Americans were kicked out of their homes every day in 2016. That's a ...Read More

Gaps Cited in Protections for Small-Business Employees, Nonprofit Volunteers

April 18, 2018

BOLIVIA, N.C. — With the growing awareness of harassment in the workplace, many workers across the country may not realize they aren't protected by ...Read More

Puerto Rico’s Lights Slowly Coming Back On, But Study Faults Privatization Plan

April 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — Seven months after Hurricane Maria, 95 percent of Puerto Rico finally has power again. But a new report shows little is being done to ...Read More

Advocates for Somali Detainees in Fla. Plan Next Protest

April 11, 2018

MIAMI - Immigrants' advocates are meeting this week to determine their next move as they protest the indefinite detention of Somali immigrants in ...Read More

Report: Many Baby Boomers Unprepared for Retirement

April 11, 2018

WASHINGTON - A new study confirms what others already have concluded: Many Baby Boomers haven't saved a dime for retirement, which can't help but ...Read More

Website Showcases Innovative Environmental Bills Across Country

April 9, 2018

CARSON CITY, Nev. — If lawmakers are having a hard time generating ideas on environmental change, they now have a place to view what other states are ...Read More

Will Super Pac's North Carolina Election Activities Haunt Bolton?

April 5, 2018

John Bolton takes the reins as President Donald Trump's new national security advisor on Monday. In advance of the move, Bolton's Super PACs ...Read More

States, Cities Push Back on Census Citizenship Question

April 5, 2018

WASHINGTON – Seventeen states, seven major U.S. cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors filed a lawsuit this week in an effort to remove a ...Read More

District Attorney Elections: The Next Front Line of Criminal Justice Reform

April 2, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Who are the most powerful people in the justice system? Many say they are district attorneys. Until recently, there's been ...Read More

Civil Rights Leaders Condemn Citizenship Question on Census

March 28, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Civil rights leaders are slamming a Trump administration decision to put a citizenship question on the 2020 Census survey for the ...Read More

Climate-Change Denial Could Weaken Government's Disaster Plans

March 26, 2018

FAIRFAX, Va. – Scientists say the effects of climate change are being ignored by federal government disaster planners, to the potential detriment of ...Read More

Report: Alabama Medicaid Work Requirement Plan a Catch-22

March 21, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama is accepting comments on its bid to impose a Medicaid work requirement - a plan that a new report suggests is a no-win for ...Read More