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PHOTO: Faulty ramps to emergency shelters should become things of the past when the next disaster strikes New York City, thanks to a settlement agreement delivered to a federal judge in New York. Photo courtesy CIDNY.

NEW YORK - A federal judge's decision will produce radical and life-saving changes in the way New York responds to natural disasters, according to local advocates. Federal Judge Jesse Furman on Tuesday accepted a settlement agreement that mandates big changes in the way New York City responds to na ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Proximity to a high-risk chemical facility is part of the school day for 19.6 million kids who attend schools in so-called vulnerability zones, according to a new report. Image courtesy of Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Schools are supposed to be a safe place to learn, but a new report finds that hundreds of thousands of Missouri kids attend schools inside what chemical companies call a "vulnerability zone." The level of risk associated with a particular chemical facility has to do with the q ...Read More

PHOTO: Ted Boettner, who heads the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy, says economic growth remains weak in West Virginia, and energy extraction is moving to the northern part of the state. Photo courtesy West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia's economy is still weak, and much of the energy-extraction growth has shifted north, according to the annual State of Working West Virginia report. The southern coalfields continue to experience declining production, said Ted Boetner, executive director of the West ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study from AARP finds many older workers in Texas, especially women, have little saved as they approach retirement. Photo credit: Claudia A. De La Garza/Flickr.
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HOUSTON - Across the state of Texas, many workers dream of the day when they'll finally reach that age of retirement, but new research shows many of those getting closer to retirement are nowhere near ready financially. Cheryl Matheis, senior principal and counsel with AARP, says their new study fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Census data shows poverty in Virginia and the U.S. has actually increased since the end of the last recession. Photo by No Kid Hungry.

RICHMOND, Va. - More Virginians and Americans are in poverty now than at the end of the great recession, according to census figures. Debbie Weinstein, executive director with the Coalition on Human Needs, says the census shows more people living below the poverty line than when the recession offic ...Read More

PHOTO: For the second year, Michigan United members will take to the Capitol to tell lawmakers what they think about the state's policies regarding prison funding, the handling of elections, and the treatment of refugees. Photo courtesy of Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. - Buses full of concerned citizens from across the state will head to Lansing today for the second annual Michigan United Capitol Day, a chance to sit down with lawmakers to discuss what can be done to make Michigan a more just and fair place to live. Erik Shelley, media coordinator w ...Read More

Photo: With help from the state's Clean Water Management Trust Fund, land trustees will be able to purchase additional acreage on 5,564 ft. Snake Mountain in the Blue Ridge Mountains, thereby expanding Elk Knob State Park. Photo courtesy of Blue Ridge Conservancy.

ZIONVILLE, N.C. - If you don't own a piece of beautiful real estate in North Carolina, sometimes the only way to enjoy the state's natural beauty is by hiking in a state park or on conservation lands. This year, with help from the the state's Clean Water Management Trust Fund (CWMTF), 23 land conse ...Read More

PHOTO: An AARP national official says Wisconsinites need to quiz candidates this fall ahead of the November election on their positions on strengthening Social Security, Medicare, and health care in retirement. Photo courtesy of AARP.

MILWAUKEE - Candidates are not saying enough about how they would strengthen Social Security and improve financial security for older Wisconsinites, according to Eric Schneidewind, president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board. He says their incomes have not ke ...Read More

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