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Mississippi Foster Youth: A Lonely Path to Adulthood

November 14, 2018

JACKSON, Miss. - Young people in foster care, in Mississippi and nationally, are struggling as they transition to adulthood, according to a new data ...Read More

Higher Education in New Jersey: A Racial Split

November 13, 2018

NEWARK, N.J. - Students at public colleges in New Jersey are being split into two separate and unequal tracks, according to new research released ...Read More

New Report Shines Light on Challenges of Older Foster Kids in RI

November 14, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The instability of foster care often adds trauma to the lives of children in the system, experts say, with special challenges for ...Read More

Report: GA Teens in Foster Care Need Positive Connections

November 14, 2018

ATLANTA - New research uncovers the instability faced by Georgia youths in foster care and the negative outcomes they experience during their ...Read More

Hawaii Teens Transitioning from Foster Care Face Hurdles

November 15, 2018

HONOLULU - New research highlights the instability young people in foster care in Hawaii face, and the barriers this can create as they transition ...Read More

Congressional Bill Would Preserve Historic Sites in S.C.

November 12, 2018

CHARLESTON, S. C. – Groups across the country are calling on Congress to address maintenance costs in national parks in order to save some of ...Read More

Report: Poverty Rates Steady, But Many in NJ Still in Need

October 17, 2018

TRENTON, N.J. - The poverty rate didn't move much between 2016 and 2017, but many New Jerseyans still are struggling. On this International Day ...Read More

In Your Backyard: Report Finds Over 124 Million Americans Live Near Toxic Threats

October 1, 2018

LOS ANGELES — Chances are you or someone you know live near a potentially hazardous chemical facility, and may not even know it. A new ...Read More

Report Suggests Two-Generation Strategies to Help Vermont's Young Parents

September 28, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. – The sleepless nights and increased costs that come with parenthood are a rude awakening for anyone, but the challenge often is ...Read More

Report: Rural Areas Reap Benefits in States with Medicaid Expansion

September 26, 2018

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – States that have expanded Medicaid have seen dramatic decreases in their numbers of uninsured, low-income adults, especially in ...Read More

Report: Georgia Among States with Nation's Highest Uninsured Rates

September 26, 2018

ATLANTA – Georgia isn't one of the 33 states that expanded its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, but if it had, according to a new ...Read More

Report: Delaware's Young Parents Struggle to Find their Footing

September 25, 2018

DOVER, Del. — Finding their footing in life is a struggle for many young adults in Delaware, and it's especially challenging for those who are also ...Read More

Report: Social Programs Help Young Alaskan Parents Succeed

September 25, 2018

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Parenting can be a challenge for the even most financially secure Alaskans, but the hardships can be even greater for young ...Read More

Report: Invest in Young Oklahoma Parents to "Stop the Cycle"

September 25, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY — Parenting can be a challenge for even the most financially secure Oklahomans, but the challenges can be even greater for young ...Read More

Young Parenting: Two Open Windows of Opportunity

September 25, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Finding their footing in life is a struggle for many young adults in Rhode Island, and it's especially challenging for those who ...Read More

Report: Georgia's Young Parents Need Better Supports

September 25, 2018

ATLANTA, Ga. – The sleepless nights and increased costs that come with parenthood are a rude awakening for anyone, but the challenge is often greater ...Read More

Report: Hawaii's Young Parents Financially Vulnerable, Need Support

September 25, 2018

HONOLULU – Parenting can be a challenge for the most financially secure adults, but the hardships can be even greater for young parents. A report ...Read More

Investments Can Create Success for SC Young Parents

September 25, 2018

COLUMBIA, S. C. – For some of South Carolina's young adults, the already challenging transition to adulthood is complicated by becoming a parent. And ...Read More

Report Reveals Hurdles Faced by Young Kansas Parents

September 25, 2018

TOPEKA, Kan. – In Kansas, young adults who are parents are facing life-altering barriers to success, according to a new report. The findings, ...Read More

New Jersey's Young Parents Need a Boost

September 25, 2018

TRENTON, N. J. – New Jersey is missing opportunities to help young parents succeed, according to a new report. The Annie E. ...Read More

Time's Running Out to Comment on Changes to Endangered Species Act

September 20, 2018

WASHINGTON — Time is almost up to put in your two cents on the Trump Administration's slate of changes that conservation groups say will weaken the ...Read More

New Hope for Hawaii's National Parks' Repair Backlog

September 19, 2018

HONOLULU – National parks in Hawaii may be a step closer to getting much-needed repairs. The House Natural Resources Committee approved HR 6510, ...Read More

"Warehousing Wealth" Philanthropy Draws Criticism

September 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – As Republican Party leaders work to pass what’s known as Tax Reform 2.0, a tax break taken almost exclusively by the top 1 percent of ...Read More

Maps, Art Highlight Lives of Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women

September 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – Murder rates for Native American women in some communities are 10 times that of the national average. But two projects are revealing ...Read More

Report: Teachers Nationwide Paid Far Less than Other Professionals

September 5, 2018

WASHINGTON — Educators and students across the country have headed back to school. But a new study finds more and more teachers are struggling as the ...Read More

Why is Mainstream Media Still So White?

August 30, 2018

DENVER – The story of America is becoming increasingly more diverse, but the same can't be said for America's storytellers. While the population ...Read More

Addiction Expert: Alcohol Just as Dangerous as Opiates

August 27, 2018

WASHINGTON — From a beer at a ballgame to a wine tasting with friends, alcohol is a regular part of life for many Americans. However, some experts ...Read More

Checkup: How Healthy Is Affordable Care Act?

August 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – Given the recent changes in federal health policy, how healthy is the Affordable Care Act? Although Republicans in Washington have ...Read More

Future of Finance is Female: Investment Funds Look for Women in Leadership

August 20, 2018

BOULDER, Colo. – While the growing number of women running for political office is getting lots of attention, there's also a push in the financial ...Read More

Farm Groups Urge Speedy Passage of Farm Bill

August 16, 2018

WASHINGTON — There are stark differences between the House and Senate Farm Bills. And faced with the lowest farm income in 12 years, the country's ...Read More

Ruling Against EPA One of Many Environmental Lawsuits

August 13, 2018

SEATTLE — A court ruling forcing the Environmental Protection Agency to ban a pesticide linked to brain damage in children was just one of many legal ...Read More

Addressing Families Separated by Mass Incarceration

August 9, 2018

YPSILANTI, Mich. — For weeks, Americans have been gripped by reports of young children being separated from their parents along the U.S.-Mexico ...Read More

3D-printed Guns Among Concerns as Police, Communities Gather

August 7, 2018

WASHINGTON – Millions of people across the U.S. will gather for National Night Out events Tuesday to build camaraderie between communities and local ...Read More

Critics: Clean-Car Standard Reversal "Unconscionable"

August 3, 2018

DOVER, Del. – The Trump administration wants to roll back tougher fuel-efficiency standards on cars and light trucks. The EPA claims its new proposal ...Read More

RI Mayor Weighs In on EPA Reversal of Clean-Car Standards

August 3, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's air quality could take a hit in future years if a reduction in fuel-efficiency standards announced on Thursday by ...Read More

Groups Caution Against “Junk” Insurance Plans

August 2, 2018

WASHINGTON – A new rule announced by the Trump administration could expose Americans shopping for health care coverage to new risks. The ...Read More

Wealthiest Americans Get Richer as Income Gap Widens

July 23, 2018

WASHINGTON – The gap between the richest and poorest Americans continues to widen, according to a new report from the Economic Policy Institute. ...Read More

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