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Report: Canceling Student Loan Debt Would Boost Economy

February 19, 2018

ANNANDALE-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. — Student loan debt in the U.S. has reached $1.4 trillion. That's greater than all credit card debt and eclipses all motor ...Read More

Bill Up for Vote Today Could Lead To Spread of Predatory Loans

February 14, 2018

Consumer groups say predatory payday lenders would be able to flood the market with sky-high interest-rate loans - and get around state laws - if a ...Read More

Website Tracks Government Attacks on Climate Science

February 12, 2018

NEW YORK – Alarmed over what they see as the government's growing hostility toward science, groups at Columbia Law School have created an online ...Read More

An Idea for Fixing America’s Current Retirement System

February 8, 2018

NEW YORK – For far too many Americans, the prospect of a secure retirement is dim. A retirement expert says this crisis is a problem the nation can ...Read More

Fight to Stop Bayou Bridge Pipeline Goes to Court

February 8, 2018

BATON ROUGE, La. — The fight over the future of the Bayou Bridge Pipeline goes to court today. A federal court in Baton Rouge will consider a ...Read More

Retail, Restaurant Businesses Boom with Minority Participation

February 5, 2018

WASHINGTON — As Black History Month begins, there's some good news for African Americans in the workforce. The unemployment rate for ...Read More

Sex Trafficking at the Super Bowl: Is it a Myth?

February 1, 2018

MINNEAPOLIS — The Super Bowl has commonly been regarded as the single largest human trafficking event in the country - but that claim is now up for ...Read More

Advocates: No Permanent Victories for Environment

January 29, 2018

DENVER – From the 1974 Safe Drinking Water Act to the Climate Agreement in 2015, environmentalists have celebrated regulations that curbed pollution, ...Read More

Roots on Wheels: People Living in RVs Full-Time

January 24, 2018

DENVER – A growing number of Americans are finding that snails may have the right idea after all by taking their home with them wherever they go. ...Read More

Survey: Over a Year, One in Ten Young People is Homeless

January 22, 2018

CHICAGO — A first-of-its-kind survey found the rate of homelessness among young adults to be much higher than previous studies have indicated. ...Read More

January Worst Month for Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

January 17, 2018

WASHINGTON – Carbon monoxide can be fatal, and sometimes difficult to detect. According to data by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,...Read More

Cities Taking on Major Problem Solving Role

January 15, 2018

NEW YORK – With massive budget cuts and deregulation coming from Washington, a new book says cities increasingly are becoming centers for problem ...Read More

Senate Bill to Restore Net Neutrality Rule Secures Floor Vote

January 11, 2018

WASHINGTON -- A U.S. Senate bill that would reverse a recent Federal Communications Commission decision to roll back net neutrality has received more ...Read More

Will Including Citizenship Question be Recipe for "Flawed" 2020 Census?

January 8, 2018

WASHINGTON – A U.S. Justice Department request to include a question on citizenship to the 2020 census is raising concerns it could sabotage results. ...Read More

SNAP Benefits Could Be at Risk When Congress Debates Farm Bill

January 5, 2018

Congress is expected to begin work soon on the $140 billion farm bill, but there are concerns that some conservatives are targeting nutrition ...Read More

"Once They Drill, There's No Going Back"

January 5, 2018

COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina business groups are among those speaking out against a new proposal to open up the majority of the Atlantic Coast to ...Read More

Groups Brace for Second "Bad Year for Environment" Under Trump

January 2, 2018

HAILEY, Idaho – Environmental groups say they're bracing for another year of rollbacks of protections for public land, water and air in 2018, based ...Read More

Inaction in Congress Could Leave 1.9 Million Kids Without Health Care

December 21, 2017

WASHINGTON -- It's coming down to the wire for Congress to pass a bill to provide long-term funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, and ...Read More

Report: Climate Change Will Reduce U.S. Wind Power without Technology, Innovation

December 20, 2017

DENVER – A new study from the University of Colorado shows carbon emissions could reduce how much wind is available for making electricity, with the ...Read More

New Jersey Nuke-Power Subsidy Bill Draws Fire

December 18, 2017

BRUNSWICK, N.J. -- It's lame-duck season at the New Jersey Legislature, as current lawmakers meet after the November election before their successors ...Read More

Concerns Aired About Impact of Tax Bill on State, Local Revenue

December 14, 2017

WASHINGTON — The big tax bill Congress is likely to pass includes a change many say will squeeze important state and local revenues. One part of the ...Read More

Politics Figure Into More Companies' Marketing Strategies

December 11, 2017

PHILADELPHIA -- The decision by the retailer Patagonia to sue the Trump administration is the latest in a long line of civic-minded actions by ...Read More

Georgia Recognized as National Leader in Care of Youth in Foster Care

December 7, 2017

ATLANTA – Georgia is leading the way when it comes to making sure preteens and teens in the state's foster care system are equipped with the tools to ...Read More

Historian: GOP Tax Bill Will Lead to Economic Collapse

December 7, 2017

JACKSON, Miss. -- Republicans are expected to have a few successes to tout following the passage of their tax bill. On top of a global economy that's ...Read More

Senate Tax Bill Includes Drilling in Arctic Refuge

December 5, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attached to the Republican tax plan that passed the Senate on Friday was a provision that would open up 1.5 million acres of the ...Read More

Report: Using Brain Science to Make Foster Care Better

December 4, 2017

HONOLULU – There are some new findings at the intersection of adolescent brain development and what teens in the child welfare system need in order ...Read More

Can Sanctuary Status for Immigrants Extend to Digital Realm?

November 30, 2017

WASHINGTON – Will the shelter that sanctuary cities want to provide to immigrant populations extend to the world online? While law enforcement ...Read More

Will a Key White House Environmental Role Support Ag in Kansas?

November 28, 2017

MANHATTAN, Kan. – A vote will be held Wednesday on a key environmental position at the White House, and there are some concerns about the nominee's ...Read More

Arctic Drilling: What's at Stake for New Jersey?

November 27, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. – A plan to open up a cherished landscape to oil and gas drilling is steadily moving through Congress – and could have implications for ...Read More

Groups Mobilize to Keep Net Neutrality Protections

November 27, 2017

WASHINGTON – Civil rights advocates are sounding the alarm after Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to overturn ...Read More

How to Avoid Overspending, Debt On Black Friday

November 25, 2017

WASHINGTON — On Black Friday, millions of Americans will head out to their favorite store or the mall for the annual shopping event. Economists are ...Read More

Fees Could Double or Triple at Many National Parks in 2018

November 20, 2017

The U.S. Department of the Interior is proposing to double or almost triple the price of admission during peak season to 17 of the most popular ...Read More

New-Business Creation Declining in U.S.

November 13, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Over the past decade, there has been a net decline in creation of new business in the United States. A new survey suggests ...Read More

Photojournalist Faces 60 Years for Videotaping DC Protest Riot

November 13, 2017

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Jury selection starts this week in the multi-count felony trial of a photojournalist arrested while covering inauguration protests ...Read More

American Solar Industry Awaits Trump's Tariff Decision

November 10, 2017

DENVER – Solar-energy proponents are warning jobs will be lost and the industry will see a major setback if President Donald Trump imposes an import ...Read More

Research Examines Economic Contributions of Immigrants on Protected Status

November 6, 2017

WASHINGTON – Hundreds of thousands of immigrants who fled their countries because of natural disasters soon will learn if they can continue to seek ...Read More

Death of Shopping Malls: Dot-Coms Aren't Only Ones to Blame

November 1, 2017

NEW YORK – Across America, large "temples" that pay homage to capitalism and opportunity are boarded up, with empty spaces left where thriving ...Read More

Analysis: Don’t Miss the Chance to Improve Puerto Rico’s Electrical System

October 30, 2017

CLEVELAND – Rebuilding Puerto Rico's electrical grid the way it was – and carrying over its debt – would leave the U.S. territory vulnerable and slow ...Read More

Report: Racial Gaps Persist for Children in NJ

October 25, 2017

TRENTON, N.J. - New Jersey's African-American and Latino children face greater barriers to success than do their white peers, according to a new ...Read More

Study: Alabama Children's Well-Being Varies Depending on Race

October 25, 2017

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Children of color in Alabama are lagging far behind their white peers, according to a major new study of child well-being. The ...Read More

Washington, D.C. Winning the "Race for Results"

October 24, 2017

WASHINGTON D.C. - The nation's capital city gets high marks in a new report that ranks states by how well the children in their immigrant families ...Read More

How Can Alaska Close the Gap for Children of Color?

October 24, 2017

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A new report looks at the persistent disparities for children of color and those in immigrant families in Alaska and across the ...Read More

SC Children Lag Behind Nation: Larger Disparity for Children of Color

October 24, 2017

COLUMBIA, S. C. – The future of South Carolina is riding on the well-being of its children, and the Palmetto State continues to fall behind the rest ...Read More

Report: How to Level Playing Field for Hawaii's Children of Color?

October 24, 2017

HONOLULU – A new report reveals persistent disparities for children of color and those in immigrant families, in Hawaii and across the country. ...Read More

Report Shows Not All Delaware Children Get an Equal Start

October 24, 2017

DOVER, Del. – A major new report on child well-being shows huge disparities by race and ethnicity in Delaware. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's Race ...Read More

Report Tracks Growing "Right" to Discriminate

October 23, 2017

NEW YORK – State and federal laws and regulations that include exemptions based on religious or moral grounds are multiplying at an alarming rate, ...Read More

Women Business Owners: Birth-Control Access Critical for Health, Economic Security

October 19, 2017

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – After President Donald Trump cleared the way for employers to remove contraceptive care from their health plans, a new survey of ...Read More

Holiday Help Wanted: Retail, Restaurant Job Opportunities Abound

October 18, 2017

WASHINGTON - You can deck the halls with plenty of holiday job listings this year, since businesses across the country say they're making plans to ...Read More

Groups Plan Nationwide Protests of "Muslim Ban 3.0"

October 16, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Trump administration's latest travel ban goes into effect on Wednesday, and groups are planning protests across the country. The ...Read More

Civil Rights Groups Decry New FBI Report Targeting "Black Identity Extremists"

October 11, 2017

WASHINGTON — Civil rights groups are speaking out against a report by the FBI's counterterrorism division that included warnings about "black ...Read More