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NJ Household Incomes Up? Dig Deeper for a Different Story

September 25, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. -- New Jersey residents are making more money, according to new Census data released this month, with household incomes up 4 percent in ...Read More

Voter Registration Day: Is Your Personal Information Compromised?

September 25, 2017

WASHINGTON -- National Voter Registration Day is Tuesday, and researchers say it is more important than ever that people ensure their voter ...Read More

Analysis: Last-Ditch GOP Health-Care Bill is 'Deja Vu All Over Again'

September 21, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Republicans are working to get votes for what could be their last and easiest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Sens. Bill ...Read More

Gig-Economy: Are Self-Employed Americans Prepared?

September 18, 2017

WASHINGTON -- A growing number of Americans are stepping away from the corporate ladder and climbing one of their own. According to the the IRS, 29 ...Read More

Traveling with Cellphone or Laptop: Lawsuit Challenges Warrantless Searches

September 14, 2017

BOSTON – Most of us travel with our phones and laptops, but an increasing number of individuals returning to the United States are finding that ...Read More

Advocates Say DOJ Brief Claims a Right to Discriminate

September 11, 2017

WASHINGTON -- The Trump administration is claiming Americans have a right to discriminate in the name of religious freedom. The Justice Department ...Read More

Charges Dropped Against WV Reporter Who Called Out Question to Secy. Price

September 7, 2017

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A West Virginia journalist whose arrest drew national attention is off the hook. Prosecutors dismissed charges on Wednesday ...Read More

Labor Day Celebrations Muted by State Laws Blocking Local Worker Gains

September 1, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Workers have a lot less to celebrate on Labor Day this year, in part thanks to a series of state laws passed in recent years that ...Read More

Shortage of USDA Meat Inspectors Could Endanger American Food Supply

August 31, 2017

WASHINGTON, D. C. – A veterinarians' group is warning American consumers that the food supply could be in danger because of a growing shortage of ...Read More

54 Years On, Advocates Say U.S. Not Living Up to MLK Ideals

August 28th, 2017

OAKLAND, Calif. – Monday marks the 54th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s famous "I Have A Dream" speech calling for brotherhood and racial ...Read More

Study: A Higher Minimum Wage Would Reduce Child Abuse

August 23, 2017

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - The states of Oregon and Maryland and the cities of Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., all have implemented minimum-wage hikes ...Read More

Study: Latinos to Fuel America's Economic Growth by 25 Percent in 2020

August 18, 2017

LOS ANGELES – If the economic output of America's Latino population was a country, it would be the seventh-largest in the world. A new economic study ...Read More

Protecting Our Parks: National Campaign Launches to Fight Environmental Rollbacks

August 17, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Iconic trips to the country's national parks are a part of most photo albums tucked on bookshelves across the United States, but those ...Read More

Offshore Oil Drilling: Too Much Risk for Georgia?

August 15, 2017

ATLANTA – Georgia has too much to lose - that's what environmental and business groups say about plans to open up the Atlantic coast to oil and gas ...Read More

Groups: Oil Doesn't Mix with South Carolina's Tourism, Fishing Economies

August 14, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – A healthy ocean is the backbone of South Carolina's economy, and there are renewed concerns about plans to open up the Atlantic ...Read More

Conservative and Liberal Consensus Growing Against Sinclair Tribune Merger

08/11/2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – Opposition to the merger between the Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Tribune Media has created strange bedfellows. Sinclair, a ...Read More

How Healthy Are Obamacare Private Insurance Markets?

August 10, 2017

WASHINGTON — Critics charge that the Obamacare marketplaces are imploding, but federal data says otherwise. One measure shows that current ...Read More

New Tracker Keeps Tabs on Threats to Free Press

August 8, 2017

WASHINGTON – Freedom of the press is a pillar of American democracy and a new online database is documenting threats to journalistic rights. The ...Read More

Experts: Don't Underestimate Power of Retail, Restaurant Jobs

August 7, 2017

WASHINGTON – According to the latest numbers, the leisure and hospitality industry, which includes restaurant and retail jobs, added 62,000 jobs last ...Read More

Independent News Outlets Call Foul Over Sinclair-Tribune Merger

8/7/2017

DES MOINES, Iowa – The proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Tribune Media is getting push back from independent news outlets and ...Read More

Critics Call on Congress to Review Sinclair-Tribune Merger

08/07/2017

SALT LAKE CITY –The proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Tribune Media is getting push back from independent news outlets and consumer ...Read More

Civil Rights Leader Vows to Resist DOJ Move on Affirmative Action

August 3, 2017

WASHINGTON – It was a shot that came without warning. The U.S. Department of Justice says it plans to investigate affirmative action policies at the ...Read More

Youth Summit Takes on Climate Justice

07-31-2017

NEW YORK – Youth leaders from around the country will be in New York City this week to participate in the 6th Climate Justice Youth Summit. More ...Read More

Study: Trump's Economic Policies Would Help Rich, Hurt Poor Americans

July 27, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. – The Trump administration's tax proposals would not benefit all taxpayers or states equally, according to new analysis from the ...Read More

Does Federal Reserve Have the Tools to Fight for Racial Justice?

July 24, 2017

WASHINGTON -- Although the Federal Reserve is a powerful financial institution, its purpose seems both abstract and obscure to many Americans. But a ...Read More

Google, EDF, Others Map Air-Pollution Hot Spots in Real Time

07/21/2017

OAKLAND, Calif. – A partnership among high tech, environmental and academic interests has developed a revolutionary system to measure and map air ...Read More

White House Convenes Voter-Fraud Panel as Thousands Drop Registration

07/17/17

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Trump's voter fraud panel convenes for the first time on Wednesday, even as thousands of voters across the country are ...Read More

Day of Action To Keep Internet Free

7-12-17

WASHINGTON – As you surf the Internet Wednesday, you may notice a new banner or illustration on some of your favorite websites saying something like ...Read More

Public Comment Period on Review of National Monuments to End

7/10/17

WASHINGTON – Monday is the last day to put in your two cents worth about dozens of national monuments under review by the federal government. The ...Read More

Is Quality of Democracy Eroding in the United States?

July 3, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. - As Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, some experts are taking stock of the status of democracy in the United States. ...Read More

Program Dramatically Reduces Teen Abortion, Earns Bipartisan Praise

June 29, 2017

DENVER -- A Colorado birth control program is drawing attention and bipartisan support nationally by dramatically reducing teen pregnancies and ...Read More

Recreational Water Illness: The Souvenir You Don't Want from the Pool or Lake

June 26, 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – Every year, a growing number of people are becoming ill from playing in a community pool or natural body of water. They're called ...Read More

Sessions' "Tough on Drugs" Vow Could Fuel U.S. Mass Incarceration

June 22, 2017

WASHINGTON – Citing an increase in gang related homicides, President Donald Trump and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions vow to return the nation to ...Read More

Lawsuit Challenges Methane Rule Suspension

June 19, 2017

NEW YORK -- Environmental groups are asking the courts to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from suspending standards to curb pollutants that ...Read More

Beyond Sanctuary: A Vision for Cities Without Fear

June 15, 2017

NEW YORK – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is giving sanctuary cities until June 30 to justify their status. But grassroots organizations across ...Read More

GOP Health Plan Could Reverse Progress on SC Kids' Health

June 14, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Rural communities in South Carolina are reaping the benefits of Medicaid access - and could suffer if Congress moves ahead with ...Read More

Is the GOP Health Plan a Dire Prognosis for Alabama Kids?

June 14, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A new report paints a stark picture at what's at stake for rural Alabama children and families under the proposed American Health ...Read More

AK Slips in Child Well-Being Ranking

June 13, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Alaska is falling behind other states when it comes to providing for its children, according to an annual report released Tuesday....Read More

South Carolina's Children: Uphill Battle for Well-Being

June 13, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina families are not as financially secure this year, compared with prior years, according to The Annie E. Casey ...Read More

Georgia Makes Small Gains in Improvement of Child Well-Being

June 13, 2017

ATLANTA – Georgia is making some progress when it comes to the well-being of its children, according to the 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book released ...Read More

Louisiana Among Worst States for Child Well-Being

June 13, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. – While Louisiana ranks among the worst states in a new report on child well-being, there are some bright spots. The Annie E. ...Read More

Bright Spots in Alabama's Poor "KIDS COUNT" Ranking

June 13, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – While Alabama continues to rank among the bottom of the states in an annual report on child well-being, advocates say there are ...Read More

2017 KIDS COUNT: "Investment in Kansas Kids Works"

June 13, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – An annual report on child well-being ranks Kansas 15th in the nation for providing vital supports for children. The Annie E. Casey ...Read More

New Report Ranks Vermont in Top 3 for Child Well-Being

June 13, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. – Prospects for kids in Vermont are looking up. The state now ranks third in the nation for child well-being, according to a new ...Read More

Report Ranks NJ in Top 10 for Child Well-Being

June 13, 2017

TRENTON, N. J. – New Jersey is one of the top ten states in the nation for the overall well-being of its children, but there are still reasons to be ...Read More

Report: Hawaii Ranks 17th in Nation for Child Well-Being

6-13-17

HONOLULU – Hawaii's economy is booming - so the state ranks 23rd in the nation for child economic well-being and 17th for child well-being overall, ...Read More

Opponents Argue House Bill Would Stomp on Patient, State Rights

June 12, 2017

ATLANTA – Georgia's medical malpractice laws would be nullified under a measure in Congress that could be voted on this week. House Resolution ...Read More

Climate Movement Shifts Strategies After Paris Decision

June 12, 2017

DENVER – Activists are pressing ahead after President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, and recent court cases offer a glimpse ...Read More

Congress Considers Overriding State Medical Malpractice Laws

June 12, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama's medical malpractice laws would be nullified under a measure in Congress that could be voted on this week. House ...Read More

Medicaid: Lifeline for Half of Louisiana's Rural Families

June 8, 2017

BATON ROUGE, La. – A new report underscores the importance of Medicaid in ensuring rural Louisiana families have access to the care they need to stay ...Read More