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PHOTO: A new report from the Pennsylvania Budget and Policy Center finds the tax-relief plans of House Republicans and Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf are a good starting point for budget compromise. Photo by Stephanie Frank.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - It's been a month of budget gridlock in Pennsylvania after Gov. Tom Wolf, a Democrat, vetoed the Republican Legislature's spending plan, claiming it is unbalanced and would lead to a $3 billion deficit. However, a new report finds common ground for compromise in the tax-relief plan ...Read More

PHOTO: The first half of this year was deadlier for motorists on state and federal highways in Nevada when compared with the same period of 2014. Photo courtesy of the Nevada Department of Transportation.

CARSON CITY, Nev. – The traffic death rate in Nevada for the first half of the year is up over the same time period of 2014. Meg Ragonese, a public information officer with the Nevada Department of Transportation, reports that 168 people have died in car crashes through late July, compared w ...Read More

PHOTO: A new survey of Internet users shows that the freedom and convenience of public wireless networks may come at a cost. According to an AARP Fraud Watch Network report, nearly half of people quizzed about online and wireless safety failed. Photo credit: seeman/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Public wireless networks make updating social media or checking emails convenient when on the go, but a new survey finds many people are engaging in activity that could make them vulnerable to hackers. A new AARP Fraud Watch Network report found that about a quarter of adults u ...Read More

PHOTO: Colorado's LGBT community is condemning the comments of a state lawmaker who claims that the Boy Scouts of America ending its ban on gay men serving as scout leaders will lead to child abuse. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Defense Department.

DENVER – Colorado State Rep. Gordon Klingenschmitt is coming under fire for his controversial comments about the Boy Scouts of America ending a ban on openly gay men serving as scout leaders. During a recent religious broadcast, Klingenschmitt, who has a history of making controversial comme ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report on hunger in the Philadelphia area finds that emergency food providers are challenged to keep up with the growing demand. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

PHILADELPHIA - Over the past year in Philadelphia one in four people faced times when he or she did not know where to find a next meal. Tom Mahon, communications manager with the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger, says that's one of the findings from the organization's survey of the re ...Read More

PHOTO: A window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts across the state to sign up for a program that offers universal free meals to all students in high-needs districts. Photo Credit: USDA

BOSTON - A big window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts to sign up for a program that provides universal free meals to all students. Patrick Roach, chief financial officer with Springfield Public Schools, says they signed up for the Community Eligibility Provision last ...Read More

PHOTO: For many Minnesotans, Medicare and Medicaid are a lifeline when it comes to health care. The two public programs today are celebrating their 50th anniversary. More than one million people statewide rely on Medicaid for their health care and another 800,000 who are covered under Medicare. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It's a celebration today nationwide as Medicaid turns 50 years old, and in Minnesota it's positive impact on health has never been greater. With the Medicaid expansion allowed under the Affordable Care Act, the number of people enrolled in Medical Assistance and Minnesota Care gr ...Read More

PHOTO: Local faith leaders gathered Wednesday in support of LGBT activist Sulma Franco, currently living in sanctuary at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin. They released a letter, with signatures from over 60 clergy, urging U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement to stop deportation proceedings. Photo credit: Bethany Carson.

AUSTIN, Texas – A group of faith leaders and activists gathered at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Austin on Wednesday in an effort to stop the deportation of Sulma Franco, an LGBT activist from Guatemala. Franco has been living in sanctuary at the church for the past two months. Cri ...Read More

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