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PHOTO: About a dozen MAPE members traded their state agency cubicles for a day on a construction site with Habitat for Humanity, building a home for a family in need. Photo credit: MAPE.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As families across Minnesota prepare to give thanks, the holiday season has hundreds of state employees giving back to the towns and neighborhoods in which they live and work. The community service volunteer effort is being led by the Minnesota Association of Professional Employee ...Read More

PHOTO: When Texas lawmakers convene for the 2015 session, it's expected they'll be asked to step up in support of the state's growing number of unpaid family caregivers. Photo credit: Florian Richter/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - New figures show nearly 3.5 million Texans provide home health care for a family member, and as that number continues to grow, the Legislature is being asked to provide Texas family caregivers with support. Bob Jackson, state director of AARP Texas, says a proposal is expected to go ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said on Friday the state has had job growth to compensate for jobs lost during the Great Recession. Some economists say there is more to the story. Photo credit: North Carolina Governor's Office.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Not everyone is buying Governor Pat McCrory's claim of success after October unemployment numbers indicated the state had recovered the jobs lost during the Great Recession. While the number of people employed last month is slightly above pre-recession levels, John Quinterno wit ...Read More

PHOTO: Leaky fuel hoses and fuel trucks in need of maintenance are some of the concerns cited by behind-the-scenes workers for airline subcontractors at Portland International Airport. Photo credit: starush/FeaturePics.com

PORTLAND, Ore. - This week kicks off the busy holiday travel season, and at Portland International Airport (PDX), hundreds of behind-the-scenes workers shift into high gear to accommodate the crowds. Those who work for the airline subcontractors say it isn't easy when their employers don't always pr ...Read More

PHOTO: Family caregivers face added stress during the holidays, with finances topping the list of concerns in a new survey. Photo credit: PublicDomanPictures/Pixabay

LARAMIE, Wyo. – Thanksgiving is the kick-off of a holiday season that lasts more than a month, and a new AARP survey of caregivers for aging parents or other relatives shows the stress meter runs high this time of year. The survey shows their concerns are topped by finances, followed by tryi ...Read More

PHOTO: Walmart employees plan to strike in Florida this week, and elsewhere across the country, to protest what they say are poor working conditions and low wages. Photo courtesy of United Food and Commercial Workers.

TAMPA, Fla. - Shoppers will be out this week in search of deep discounts at Florida's big-box stores, but some workers at the world's largest private employer want to remind shoppers that, in their view, Walmart's low prices come at a cost. Starting today, employees of some central Florida Walmart ...Read More

Photo: President Obama works on his immigration speech with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office. Photo credit: Pete Souza, WhiteHouse.gov

MIAMI - "What's next?" is the question on the minds of thousands of Floridians today after President Obama's announcement Thursday night of an executive order regarding the future of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants. As many as 900,000 people living in Florida could be affected, accordi ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could affect more than 500,000 people in the Maryland-Virginia region. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WASHINGTON - More than 500,000 people living in the Maryland-Virginia region could be touched by the executive order on immigration President Obama announced Thursday night, according to Pew Research estimates. The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions for people in the c ...Read More

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