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

08-18-17

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

Report Uncovers Medicaid's Vital Role in Rural Kansas

June 8, 2017

TOPEKA, Kan. – Many rural families in Kansas have access to crucial medical care, thanks to the Medicaid program. A new report from the ...Read More

Report: Medicaid Critical for Alaska's Children

June 8, 2017

NOME, Alaska – A new report shows Medicaid is critical for ensuring that rural Alaska families have access to the care they need to stay healthy. ...Read More

Disagreement in SC Over Paris Deal Withdrawal

June 5, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. – While some of South Carolina's top politicians applaud President Donald Trump's move to back out of the Paris climate accord, many ...Read More

Criminal Defense Lawyer: AG Sessions’ Hard Line Won’t Work

May 30, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A memo from U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to federal prosecutors ordering them to pursue the most stringent possible charges ...Read More

Hospital Mergers Being Questioned Across U.S.

May 30, 2017

GARY, Ind. – One-in-six acute-care hospital beds in this country are in a facility that is run by the Roman Catholic Church. Between 2001 and 2016, ...Read More

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

5-26-17

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

05-15-17

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

05-08-2017

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