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PHOTO: The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, Chris Stombaugh, says the GM recall shows how the civil justice system is a check on corporations. (Photo provided by WAJ)

MADISON, Wis. – General Motors recently recalled 2.6 million vehicles to repair a faulty ignition switch that’s blamed for 13 deaths. Christopher Stombaugh, an attorney and president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says the only reason the public became aware of the problem w ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A Global Day of Action on Military Spending is highlighting the need for better federal investment in communities. Graphic courtesy of the National Priorities Project.

CHICAGO - As they put their taxes in the mail today, some Illinoisans will join others across the world for a Global Day of Action on Military Spending. According to Mary Zerkel, co-coordinator of the Wage Peace campaign of the American Friends Service Committee in Chicago, 57 percent of all U.S. di ...Read More

PHOTO: As residents across Iowa race to beat the midnight tax deadline, protesters are hitting the streets over what they call misplaced priorities on government spending. Photo credit: DonkeyHotey

DES MOINES, Iowa - As residents across Iowa race to beat the midnight tax deadline, a protest is planned this afternoon over the way the government is spending those hard-earned dollars. The protest will focus on the corporate tax breaks given by Congress, which, according to Kathleen McQuillen, Iow ...Read More

Photo: Mary Jamis, left, and Starr Johnson married in New York after being together for 14 years. Courtesy: Jamis and Johnson

MOCKSVILLE, N.C. – Tuesday is the dreaded April 15 tax deadline. It's a daunting enough task for anyone, but for the thousands of legally married, same-sex couples in North Carolina, it's that much more complicated. Mary Jamis and her partner of 14 years, Starr Johnson, married in New York ...Read More

PHOTO: Residents across southern Minnesota will have a chance to weigh in in the days ahead on the possible environmental impact from a new transmission line. Photo credit: Ben Tesch

ST. PAUL, Minn. - To meet the growing energy needs in the state, the construction of a new transmission line in southern Minnesota is moving forward and residents will soon get a chance to weigh in on the project. According to Lu Nelsen, energy program associate at the Center for Rural Affairs, comm ...Read More

Americans for Prosperity, funded oil and chemical billionaires Charles and David Koch, is campaigning aggressively in West Virginia, but the group's own positions are less well known. PHOTO courtesy of the Center For Public Integrity.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A shadowy billionaires' political organization is campaigning heavily in West Virginia. But what economic policies would Americans For Prosperity actually put in place? According to Steve Wamhoff, legislative director for Citizens for Tax Justice, billionaire brothers Charles a ...Read More

PHOTO: Women from around the state are gathering in Helena today and Saturday for the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute. Photo courtesy of Montana Women Vote.

HELENA, Mont. – Today kicks off the annual Women's Policy Leadership Institute in Helena. Women from around the state will be discussing equal pay, domestic and sexual violence, LBGTQ concerns and issues in Indian Country. One workshop will offer advice on how Montana women can learn to ne ...Read More

PHOTO: A conference in Chicago will bring together educators, tutors and new adult readers to examine the latest strategies in adult literacy. Photo credit: morgue file/clarita.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Adult literacy goes beyond being able to curl up with a good book. Experts say reading struggles also can translate into troubles functioning in an ever-changing world. Dorothy Miaso, executive director of Literacy Volunteers of Illinois, says being literate means knowi ...Read More

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