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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: A new survey finds broad support across party lines by American age 21 and older for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. Photo credit: AARP

CONCORD, N.H. - A new survey finds broad support across party lines and age generations for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. The survey of Americans 21 and older finds three out of four value Social Security, with 86 percent agreeing the ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina may have as many as two privately owned, online charter schools next year. Photo credit:

RALEIGH, N.C. – Starting next year, North Carolina's charter schools will expand beyond the four walls of a classroom. State lawmakers approved a pilot program in this year's budget that requires the state Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools – making the ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Andrew Cuomo announces hundreds of millions in sewage upgrades which experts say will reduce nitrogen pollution and shore up natural defenses from superstorms such as Sandy. Credit: Kevin McDonald.

NEW YORK - Gov. Andrew Cuomo committed hundreds of millions of dollars Tuesday to projects to reduce nitrogen pollution. On the second anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, conservation advocates say it's the right move. Nancy Kelley, executive director of The Nature Conservancy on Long Island, said the ...Read More

PHOTO: North Dakotans will decide next week on Measure 5, which would dedicate a small portion of oil tax revenues to conservation. Photo credit: Lindsey G/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - When North Dakotans head to the polls next week, they'll decide on whether to set aside a little oil money for conservation, while also deciding on whether there should be a change in how these types of financial decisions can be made. Measure 4 would prohibit any petition-initiate ...Read More

PHOTO: Many Kentuckians will take their concerns about their financial future to the voting booth a week from today. AARP Kentucky has published a voter's guide on financial security to help voters "size up" candidates running for office. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - A week from today, Kentucky voters will go to the polls to make their picks in local, state and federal races in the 2014 midterm elections. With next week's vote in mind, AARP Kentucky has put together a voter's guide on financial security. Scott Wegenast, AARP Kentucky associat ...Read More

PHOTO: Stacks of ballots will soon be arriving at Michigan polling places, and since many local races are decided by just a handful of votes, Michiganders are being urged to do their homework before Election Day - as those decisions will have consequences that will last for years. Photo credit: Dawn M. Turner/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - One week from today Michiganders will head to the polls to vote in the critical midterm elections, and decide the future direction of the state. However, before casting a vote, Renell Weathers with the Michigan League for Public Policy says it's important to take the time to find o ...Read More

PHOTO: A coalition of 65 groups representing Pennsylvania hunters, anglers and outdoor recreationists have written the EPA in support of the agency's proposed Clean Power Plan. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

PHILADELPHIA - A coalition of Pennsylvania outdoor businesses, outfitters, hunting and fishing groups, and outdoor-recreation advocates say the EPA is on track with its proposed Clean Power Plan. The Tri-County Trout Club near Pittsburgh is one of the organizations that signed a letter in support o ...Read More

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