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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

PHOTO: Despite protections in the Americans with Disabilities Act, it is still more difficult for Washingtonians with a disability to find a job than it is for other people. Photo credit: Ivelin Radkov/FeaturePics.com.

SEATTLE - Many retailers are hiring seasonal workers for the holidays, but for one group of prospective employees, it isn't easy to land a job. They are people with disabilities, and their unemployment rate is almost 27 percent. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), employers are asked t ...Read More

PHOTO: With no progress on immigration reform in Congress, President Barack Obama is moving forward on his own, with an announcement of his plans coming tonight (Thursday). Photo credit: US Army/Flickr.
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SAN JUAN, Texas – Residents across Texas and the nation will be watching closely tonight as President Barack Obama unveils his plans to reform immigration on his own, a move that could prevent the deportation of millions. At La Union del Pueblo Entero in San Juan, the advocacy group’s ...Read More

PHOTO: A mid-November dusting of snow on this electric meter is a reminder of the heating bills ahead. Applications are now being accepted for a one-time subsidy from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The calendar says it's still fall - but this week's snow, sleet and single-digit wind chills have plunged Kentucky into the heart of winter, early. For some, keeping their homes warm is a struggle. That's where a government program known as LIHEAP comes in. Mike Moynahan, energy pr ...Read More

PHOTO: Getting more North Dakotans with disabilities on the job is the focus as the state's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities, meeting today in Bismarck. Photo credit: photologue_np/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - As North Dakota continues to report the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, one often untapped resource that could help fill those job openings is individuals with disabilities. Cheryl Hess, executive director with the North Dakota State Council on Developmental Disabilities, sa ...Read More

PHOTO: More working Montanans living in rural areas claim the Earned Income Tax Credit, compared with those living in metropolitan areas of the state. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BILLINGS, Mont. - Rural living can be a struggle in Montana. In fact, for 21 percent of the state's rural workers, the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) keeps them above the poverty line, according to new research from the Center for Rural Affairs. The EITC is a refundable federal credit which is cla ...Read More

PHOTO: Caregivers lend much more than a helping hand to help those they love, which is why AARP is reaching out to support - and honor - the role they play in their families and their community. Photo courtesy AARP.

LANSING, Mich. - They are unsung heroes: Millions of Michiganders who do "double duty" caring for aging parents, spouses, or loved ones. But there are financial and emotional price tags to family caregivers, which is why AARP Michigan wants to connect caregivers with tools to ease the burden. Lisa ...Read More

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