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PHOTO: The number of payday loans in Minnesota has more than doubled over the past five years, with the average borrower taking out 10 loans. Photo credit: Teresa Boardman/Flickr

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota lawmakers are expected to take up legislation today to reform the rules around payday lending in the state. Supporters say the proposal would help protect consumers from over-the-top interest rates and fees, which can leave them in a spiral of debt. It's somethi ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky's health exchange, known as "kynect," has enrolled more than 413,000 people for health insurance coverage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one in 10 Kentucky residents has signed up for insurance coverage under the state's health-benefit exchange known as "kynect." The raw numbers: 413,410 Kentuckians, including Beth Moore from Louisville. She signed up when she became self-employed in January, she said, and in ...Read More

PHOTO: Martin Martinez shares his financial fitness tips in workshops for teens at College Dreams. Martinez is a graduate of the Oregon IDA Initiative. Photo courtesy of Martinez.

MEDFORD, Ore. - Almost $9 million is being divvied up among nine nonprofit organizations in Oregon to pass along to people who prove they can manage their personal finances and save for the future. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) Initiative provides matching money to people of low or ...Read More

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: A large donation of pork sausage this week will help feed Ohioans who struggle to put food on the table. Credit: Ohio Association of Foodbanks.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – In time for the Easter holiday, a donation will provide more than 88,000 meals for hungry Ohio families. More than 1,700 pounds of pork in the form of sausage are being donated to food banks in Ohio this week as part of the annual Ohio Pork Power program. David Shoup is a v ...Read More

PHOTO: A report released today that examines educational programs in juvenile justice facilities finds most are doing more harm than good. Idaho may be an exception. Photo courtesy of fbi.gov

BOISE, Idaho – When you have a captive audience, there is great opportunity. A report released today by the Southern Education Foundation on educational programs in juvenile justice facilities across the country finds that most may be doing more harm than good because of the missed opportunit ...Read More

The state is expected to collect billions of dollars in cap-and-trade auctions. Steinberg's plan would allocate 35 percent of the revenues to affordable housing and "sustainable communities." Courtesy of the Office of State Senate Darrell Steinberg.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - State Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg is proposing a new plan for cap-and-trade proceeds that are collected from the state's biggest polluters. Steinberg, D-Sacramento, wants the majority of those revenues to go toward providing a permanent source of funding for sust ...Read More

PHOTO: A strong bond with parents can be critical to a child's later success, but a new review finds that that connection is never made with some 40% of babies and toddlers. Photo credit: Scott & Elaine van der Chijs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The bonds that children develop with their parents early on can be fundamental to their success in life, but the latest research finds many babies and toddlers are missing out, and that means problems. A new analysis concludes that 40 percent of children are not getting th ...Read More

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