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PHOTO: Attorney Chris Stombaugh, president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says a recent $25 million medical malpractice award in a Milwaukee case, where a woman lost all her limbs because of a missed diagnosis, is a reasonable award, given the catastrophic nature of the woman's injuries. (Photo courtesy of Wisc. Assn. for Justice)

MADISON, Wis. - The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice says a recent verdict demonstrates a need for change in the state's malpractice laws. A Milwaukee woman, Ascaris Mayo, who lost all four limbs because of medical malpractice, recently won a more than $25 million jury verdict, in ...Read More

PHOTO: Arturo Hernandez is receiving sanctuary from the First Unitarian Society of Denver, in an attempt to call attention to the need to keep his family together rather than be deported. Photo courtesy of Hernandez.

DENVER – Today will be Arturo Hernandez's first full day living inside a church – the First Unitarian Society of Denver. A 15-year Colorado resident, Hernandez says he faces deportation and is working with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition to ask Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ...Read More

PHOTO: State government and home care workers meet with legislators in early 2014. Some members of SEIU Local 503 donate as little as $5 a month to a fund for candidate contributions and endorsements. Photo courtesy SEIU Local 503.

EUGENE, Ore. – It may be tough for hourly wage workers in Oregon to compete with the political influence of millionaires and billionaires, but that doesn't mean they shouldn’t try. That's the view of the union that represents many service workers in the state, including child care prov ...Read More

PHOTO: Television viewers may find public TV stations serving diverse communities in their markets disappearing in a $45 billion gold rush by wireless providers bidding in a government auction of broadcasting spectrum. Photo credit: M. Scheerer.

NEW YORK – As the song goes, "Video Killed the Radio Star." Will wireless kill some free public TV? That's the latest media question. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is holding an auction in which wireless companies such as Verizon and AT&T will bid on parts of the nation's air ...Read More

PHOTO: A staffer from State Sen. Jack Martins' office exchanged words with several dozen Long Islanders who delivered so-called "Road Block Awards" to the senator's office in Mineola. Photo credit: Elana Levin/Make the Road Action Fund.

NEW YORK - Several dozen Long Island women, parents, workers and immigrants showed up at State Senator Jack Martins' office Wednesday to deliver so-called "Road Block Awards." Andrea Miller, president of NARAL Pro-Choice New York, says Martins is voting in lockstep with GOP leadership in the state ...Read More

PHOTO: About 100 workers from Boston University marched during rush hour Wednesday to press for a cost-of-living increase and health care benefits. Photo credit: E. Villasante.

BOSTON – Rush hour found workers from Boston University marching down Commonwealth Avenue Wednesday, pressing for action on their soon-to-expire contract. Roxana Rivera, director of the property service workers union 32BJ SEIU District 615, says among the 100 who marched were custodians, mai ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in Lewiston and South Portland next month. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in two Maine cities next month. Voters in Lewiston and South Portland will be able to cas ...Read More

PHOTO: The Restore the Vote coalition wants felons to be able to vote once they've been released from jail or prison, in order to give them a voice in the communities where they live and work while they're on probation. Photo credit: Steven Depolo/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As voters prepare to head to the polls next month, a campaign is underway to restore voting privileges for some 50,000 Minnesotans who have been in trouble with the law. Currently, those convicted of a felony are unable to regain their ability to vote until they are no longer on p ...Read More

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