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PHOTO: Kentucky has shown steady improvement in child health and education, according to the 2014 National KIDS COUNT Data Book. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. - While a year-by-year indicator of child well-being shows steady improvement in the health and education of children in the Bluegrass State, the number of children living in poverty is continuing to grow. The results, published in the 25th annual national Kids Count Data Book, ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that while there is still work to be done, Illinois is making strides in improving the well-being of its children. Photo credit: Anita Peppers / Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being finds both good and bad news in Illinois. According to the 2014 edition of the national Kids Count Data Book, Illinois has seen improvements over the last decade in the teen birth rate, as well as the mortality rate for child ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana ranks 27th nationally in an annual snapshot of child well-being. Photo credit: Phaedra Wilkenson / Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - New data finds Indiana children are making strides in education, but high rates of child poverty continue to persist. An annual state-by-state snapshot of child well-being, the 2014 Kids Count Data Book ranks Indiana 27th nationally, up three spots from last year. Glenn Augustine, vi ...Read More

PHOTO: A new national report finds Ohio has made strides in improving children's education and health, but children living in poverty remains a pressing problem. Photo credit: Kristine Kisky / Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Buckeye State is in the middle of the pack in a national snapshot of child well being, ranking 24th among all 50 U.S. states. Data from the 2014 Kids Count Data Book finds Ohio largely following national trends, and making progress in education and children's health since 2005. ...Read More

PHOTO: The minimum wage in California is going up $1 starting July 1st. The increase from $8 to $9 an hour is the first increase in the state's minimum wage since 2008. Photo credit: San Jose State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California's minimum-wage workers are getting a bump in pay. Beginning Tuesday, the state's minimum wage is increasing from $8 to $9 an hour. In 2016, the minimum wage will jump to $10 an hour under legislation signed by Governor Jerry Brown last year. The bill's author, Assem ...Read More

PHOTO: State leaders say initiatives and programs aimed at combating homelessness have contributed to a 6 percent decrease in Hoosiers living in shelters or on the street. Photo credit: Joe Zlomek/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – There are some positive findings in an annual snapshot of homelessness in Indiana. The 2014 Point-in-Time Homeless Count found a 2 percent decrease in overall homelessness from last year, which makes the overall decrease 6 percent since 2010. Lori Dimick, director of community ...Read More

PHOTO: A program focused on the youngest of Minnesota's homeless children is providing stability and better outcomes in areas like health and education. Photo credit: Randen Pederson / Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. - They are some of Minnesota's most vulnerable citizens, but efforts to give the youngest of the state's homeless children a promising future are beginning to find success. Carolyn Link, executive director of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, says one focus of th ...Read More

PHOTO: San Francisco Bay Bridge. A settlement reached over Plan Bay Area will ensure the public has a chance to chime in when it comes to future transportation and housing developments. Credit: Sutterstock

SAN FRANCISCO - Bay-area residents will get a lot more information about housing projects and freight trains moving through their communities. A settlement reached last week over Plan Bay Area will ensure the public has a chance to chime in when it comes to future transportation and housing developm ...Read More

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