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PHOTO: Trying to prevent the deaths of teenage drivers in Arizona and across the nation is the focus of National Teen Driver Safety Week. Photo courtesy of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

PHOENIX – Parents in Arizona and around the nation are urged to talk with their teenagers who are starting to drive as part of National Teen Driver Safety Week. The safety campaign is from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It stresses that vehicle crashes are the leading c ...Read More

PHOTO: Andy Hoover of the Pennsylvania ACLU says the state's new Revictimization Relief Act is unconstitutional. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law on Tuesday. Photo credit: Pennsylvania ACLU.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Days after convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal delivered a taped address at his alma mater at Godard College in Vermont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the state's Revictimization Relief Act into law near the site of the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia police officer Daniel F ...Read More

Photo: Denver Public Schools incorporates salad bars into their school lunches to encourage healthy eating and meet federal nutrition standards. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Schools.
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DENVER - Friday may be National Food Day, but Coloradans are being invited to do more than just eat in celebration. Nutrition advocates are hoping Coloradans will join others across the U.S. in improving their diets and food policies. One topic is whether school systems should have to follow 2012 f ...Read More

PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, says Maryland's Latino voters are watching wage issues this election. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

BALTIMORE - According to Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, big issues for Maryland's Latino voters this election season include school funding, affordable housing, the Dream Act and wages. Contreras says a strong minimum wage is perhaps most important right now to Latinos, and he's pleased ...Read More

Photo: Early voting starts today across North Carolina. Photo courtesy: S. Carson

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – It's a sprint and not a marathon for North Carolina voters this election season. Early voting starts today and runs until Nov. 1 – seven days shorter than in previous years. Boards of Elections are ready for the high turnout expected – as voters try to make su ...Read More

PHOTO: After-school programs in Ohio provide extended learning opportunities for children after the school bell rings. Photo courtesy of Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Center Association.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - After-school programs offer educational activities for children in a safe place, but only an estimated 15 percent of Ohio kids are participating in one. As part of Thursday's nationwide Lights On Afterschool event, students, teachers and parents from around the state will participa ...Read More

CHART: After a sharp increase during the recession, the federal deficit has dropped dramatically. Perhaps more importantly, the growth of health-care costs has slowed to nearly historic lows, improving the federal budget outlook. Graph by Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

RICHMOND, Va. – Not long ago, the airwaves were filled with predictions that health-care reform would be a disaster for taxpayers and consumers. That hasn't happened. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), often referred to as "Obamacare," will cut the fe ...Read More

PHOTO: Attorney Chris Stombaugh, president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says a recent $25 million medical malpractice award in a Milwaukee case, where a woman lost all her limbs because of a missed diagnosis, is a reasonable award, given the catastrophic nature of the woman's injuries. (Photo courtesy of Wisc. Assn. for Justice)

MADISON, Wis. - The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice says a recent verdict demonstrates a need for change in the state's malpractice laws. A Milwaukee woman, Ascaris Mayo, who lost all four limbs because of medical malpractice, recently won a more than $25 million jury verdict, in ...Read More

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