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PHOTO: The number of payday loans in Minnesota has more than doubled over the past five years, with the average borrower taking out 10 loans. Photo credit: Teresa Boardman/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are expected to take up legislation today to reform the rules around payday lending in the state. Supporters say the proposal would help protect consumers from over-the-top interest rates and fees, which can leave them in a spiral of debt. It's somethi ...Read More

PHOTO: The "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour makes a stop in Denver today. Photo courtesy Americans United for Change.

DENVER - It's not a bandwagon - it's a bus onto which Coloradans are hopping to promote a higher minimum wage. State leaders, low-wage workers and advocates are to meet at the Colorado state Capitol today for the "Give America a Raise" Bus Tour to voice support for HR 1010, federal legislation whic ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky's health exchange, known as "kynect," has enrolled more than 413,000 people for health insurance coverage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one in 10 Kentucky residents has signed up for insurance coverage under the state's health-benefit exchange known as "kynect." The raw numbers: 413,410 Kentuckians, including Beth Moore from Louisville. She signed up when she became self-employed in January, she said, and in ...Read More

PHOTO: - A petition with more than 6,000 signatures will be delivered to Gov. Mark Dayton today, asking him to implement a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. Photo credit: Derek Bakken/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With the arrival of Earth Day in Minnesota comes the arrival of a petition on frac sand mining to the desk of Governor Mark Dayton, asking him for a two-year moratorium on frac sand mining in southeastern Minnesota. It has more than 6000 signatures, including that of Marilyn Frauen ...Read More

PHOTO: Martin Martinez shares his financial fitness tips in workshops for teens at College Dreams. Martinez is a graduate of the Oregon IDA Initiative. Photo courtesy of Martinez.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Almost $9 million is being divvied up among nine nonprofit organizations in Oregon to pass along to people who prove they can manage their personal finances and save for the future. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative provides matching money to people of low or ...Read More

PHOTO: Opponents of a huge open-pit copper mine proposed for southeast of Tucson say it would impact the area’s fragile water supply, damaging features such as Cienega Creek. Photo credit: Pima County Regional Flood Control District.

PHOENIX - Approval for a vast open-pit copper mine in the Santa Rita mountains 30 miles southeast of Tucson is expected soon from the U.S. Forest Service, but the Rosemont Mine faces several more regulatory hurdles before construction could begin. Eva Sargent, Southwest program director with Defen ...Read More

GRAPHIC: According to a new poll performed for AARP, many older Arkansans report age discrimination.  Graphic courtesy AARP.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Older Arkansans overwhelmingly think age discrimination is a problem, an AARP survey shows, and almost all of them favor more legal protection. The poll taken last month spoke to registered Arkansas voters 50 and over. A large number said age discrimination is a reality in the wo ...Read More

PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

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