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PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

PHOTO: Consumer Reports has honored the Kentucky Equal Justice Center with its Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award. Photo Courtesy of Rich Seckel.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - You may turn to Consumer Reports to do research into which washing machine or car to buy, but the product-testing organization's scope extends far beyond what you might imagine. A Lexington-based nonprofit has been given Consumer Reports' "Excellence in Consumer Advocacy Award." T ...Read More

PHOTO: Community Action Kentucky is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the "War on Poverty" with a photography exhibit at the State Capitol. Photo courtesy: Community Action Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - One word and one photo for each letter of the alphabet. That's how Community Action Kentucky is commemorating the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty. The agency's exhibit will be on display Thursday (Feb. 20) at the State Capitol. According to Community Action's Malcolm Ratchfor ...Read More

Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon is the plaintiff in a campaign-finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

WASHINGTON - Another major Supreme Court decision on campaign finance could come as early as next week. In McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon said his First Amendment rights are violated when he cannot give a $2,600 donation to as many parties and candid ...Read More

PHOTO: About 300,000 Oregonians, many of whom used to have to sign up for a lottery-style drawing for health insurance, will be eligible for Oregon Health Plan coverage starting in January. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.
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PORTLAND, Ore. - Many Oregon adults who were uninsured and living near the poverty line used to have to sign a waiting list of thousands of names, and hope they were selected in a lottery-style drawing for health insurance. For them, the new year brings big changes. Oregon is one of 26 states expan ...Read More

PHOTO: The latest data show more Minnesota kids are prepared when they get to kindergarten than ever before. Photo credit: Micha Hanson

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The focus and investment on early childhood in Minnesota is paying off, as the latest data show more kids than ever are prepared when they get to kindergarten. A new report finds nearly three in four are school-ready, and Alexandra Fiztsimmons, egislative affairs and advocacy dire ...Read More

PHOTO:  The grassroots citizens group, Kentuckians For The Commonwealth, has sent an open letter to Governor Steve Beshear saying building a bright future in the mountains of eastern Kentucky can hapen, but it won't be easy.  Photo courtesy KFTC..

PIKEVILLE, Ky. - A letter from a grassroots citizens group has reached the office of Governor Steve Beshear, with a simple message: The mountain region of the state can have a bright future, but achieving that goal "won't be easy." The letter was written by two members of Kentuckians For The Common ...Read More

PHOTO: SOAR, the summit on the future of eastern and southern Kentucky, is raising hopes for finding strategies for economic development beyond the region's traditional staple, coal. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The search for a collaborative vision into eastern Kentucky's future is being fueled by SOAR, short for Shaping Our Appalachian Region. SOAR launches Monday with a summit in Pikeville. Dee Davis, president of the Center for Rural Strategies in Whitesburg, says diversificat ...Read More

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