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    In focus on our weekend nationwide rundown; the union representing the fired University of Cincinnati police officer involved in last week’s fatal shooting says he should get his job back; a potential compromise for Pennsylvania which has had no budget for a month; new tactics to combat Long Island’s heroin epidemic; and a call for grounding chopper training in the North Cascades.

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PHOTO: A new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center finds the tax-relief plans of House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are a good starting point for budget compromise. Photo by Stephanie Frank.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It's been a month of budget gridlock in Pennsylvania after Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed the Republican Legislature's spending plan, claiming it is unbalanced and would lead to a $3 billion deficit. However, a new report finds common ground for compromise in the tax-relief plan ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study shows that Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it is known in California, has significantly benefited U.S. children since its inception in 1965. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

OAKLAND, Calif. – Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it's known in California, turns 50 years old this week – and a new study shows it has improved the lives of millions since its inception. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families examined data on Americans who utilized Medicaid benefits ...Read More

PHOTO: The Land and Water Conservation Fund is just two months from expiring, but a bipartisan deal in Congress could save it. In New Mexico, the program has helped create outdoor resources from city parks to the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Photo courtesy of U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The future appears positive for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal government program that in New Mexico has helped to create Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. A bipartisan deal recently reached in the Senate would extend ...Read More

GRAPHIC: As Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, many are praising its impact on Pennsylvania children and families. Research from several studies indicates that kids who receive Medicaid benefits have better health, and do better in school and employment throughout their lives. Graphic courtesy Center on Budget Policies and Priorities.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children in Pennsylvania and around the nation is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Nearly half of Pennsylvania's children receive services though the healthcare program, created pri ...Read More

PHOTO: As Medicaid nears the half-century mark, a new report compiles research about its effects on West Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Medicaid is 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Renate Pore, director of health care policy for West Virginians for Affordable Healthcare, says 60 percent of the pregnancy care and birt ...Read More

PHOTO: As Medicaid reaches the half-century mark this week, a new report compiles research about its effects on Virginia children. Photo courtesy National Institutes of Health.

RICHMOND, Va. – Medicaid turns 50 years old this week, and the impact it's had on the lives of children is being praised, both by advocates and academics. Two in seven Virginia children receive services though the healthcare program, which was created primarily for poor families and those wit ...Read More

PHOTO: Children who benefited from Medicaid expansion are more likely to have better health, get a good education and earn more money, according to a new study from the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families. Photo courtesy of the Connecticut Department of Health.

SALT LAKE CITY – A report released to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Medicaid has found the program improves a child's long-term health, education and economic success. On July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation that established Medicare and Medicaid. This week's ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families demonstrates the beneficial role Medicaid has played in the lives and health of Florida children since its passage in 1965. Photo credit: Pamela Moore/iStockphoto.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Medicaid turns 50 this week, and a new study shows it has dramatically decreased the percentage of uninsured children in the U.S. in recent years, going from 14 percent down to seven percent. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families examined data on Ameri ...Read More

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