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PHOTO: Ohio's Winter Crisis program begins Nov. 3, and assists eligible households with utility bill payments so they can keep their heat on. Photo credit: Brendan Wood/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Temperatures are expected to dip today and while many Ohioans are running to their thermostat, others cannot afford to turn on their heat. Just in time for the cold weather, Ohio's Winter Crisis Program starts Nov. 3 to help qualified, low-income residents with winter heating costs ...Read More

PHOTO: Even though $2.5 billion is in the AML funds and a huge backlog of needs in West Virginia that money could be used for, U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall, D-W.Va., says it's a constant fight to bring that money home to the state. Photo by Dan Heyman

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Even with billions in the trust fund and hundreds of millions in coalfield needs, it's a fight to bring Abandoned Mine Lands funds back to West Virginia, according to the "father" of the AML program. Congressman Nick Rahall (D-W.Va.) helped get the AML fund established; he says h ...Read More

PHOTO: Local public libraries are offering financial literacy fairs this fall, offering classes and tips on basic budgeting, saving for college and planning for retirement. Credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Answers to common questions about finances are as close as your local library. Libraries around the state are offering financial literacy fairs, with tips on where to stash your cash, whether saving for retirement or college. Sue Walker, a library consultant at the Idaho Com ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from Voices for Illinois Children finds one-in-five children would benefit from a higher minimum wage. Photo credit: Kristine Kiskey/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As candidates spar over raising the minimum wage, a question on Tuesday's ballot will take the pulse of where Illinoisans stand on the issue. A recent report from the child advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children highlights the benefits of raising the wage from $8.25 ...Read More

PHOTO: Boston University service workers at the Holiday Inn in Brookline voted by an "overwhelming margin" in favor of authorizing their 32BJ SEIU bargaining unit to call a strike, if contract talks with the University on a multi-year contract don't make progress. Photo courtesy E. Villasante

BOSTON - They work three different shifts at Boston University, so it took time to take the vote, but when the results were tallied there was little doubt about where university service workers stand. Roxana Rivera, Director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says they have been negotiating with BU since ...Read More

PHOTO: With hunger still a struggle for 20 percent of Minnesota families with children, a new "road map" to ending food insecurity is being launched at the annual Food Access Summit this year in Duluth. Photo credit: Gordon Flood/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from around the state convene at the annual Food Access Summit, beginning today in Duluth. Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota human services commissioner, says this year's gathering will include the public laun ...Read More

PHOTO: Crafting policies that can narrow the historically high income gaps in Oregon and the U.S. is a focus of this week's Neighborhood Partnerships RE:conference in Salem. Photo credit: abluecup/iStockphoto.com

SALEM, Ore. – When communities put the right programs and policies in place, they can spark progress for families. This week, a two-day conference in Salem examines what Oregon could be doing to make the biggest impact. The Oregon nonprofit group Neighborhood Partnerships calls it a RE:confe ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota is being urged to do more to help families strengthen their financial footing, as about one-third of the state's children are growing up in low income households. Photo credit: Tammra McCauley/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For children growing up in a family that struggles financially, the road can be rougher – and a new study shows that poor is the norm for many of Minnesota's children. According to the latest Kids Count Data Book, about one-third of children in the state are in low-in ...Read More

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