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PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could change the lives of an estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan by giving them legal status to stay in this country. Photo credit: Peter Souza/White House.

DETROIT - An estimated 30,000 undocumented immigrants in Michigan soon could have legal status in this country, thanks to President Obama's executive order on immigration announced Thursday night. The plan is aimed at spouses and parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have been in the ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota child-care facilities have made dramatic progress in reducing SIDS deaths in the state, through education and training. Photo credit: Anthony J/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The number of babies lost to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome has declined significantly since the 1990s, but dozens are still dying in Minnesota each year, drawing attention to the importance of sleep safety. The most critical step in reducing the risk of SIDS is positioning a baby f ...Read More

PHOTO: People incarcerated in Joliet and other Illinois correctional facilities are in one of the nation's most overcrowded prison systems, according to a new report, and experts warn that the human consequences are devastating. Photo credit: Jacobsteinafm/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois houses an estimated 49,000 people in its prison system, and a recent report finds it's one of the most overcrowded systems in the nation. According to the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent census of prisoners, Illinois is operating at more than 170 perce ...Read More

PHOTO: Bullying persists in Commonwealth schools, facilitated by social media. Middle school and high school students are learning prevention practices at an anti-bullying summit today in Boston. Photo credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia.

BOSTON - Graduate students from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will help middle and high school students learn bullying-prevention practices as part of a program called STAND UP. In 2010, the Legislature passed a landmark anti-bullying law. An act pass ...Read More

PHOTO: Eighty-four percent of Oregonians age 45 and older said they help older loved ones with household chores. Transportation, shopping and medication management are other common responsibilities of family caregiving that allow people to remain in their homes. Photo courtesy of AARP.

PORTLAND, Ore. - As they age, most people want to be able to live independently and at home as long as they can. That's the not-so-surprising finding of an AARP survey of Oregon voters age 45 and older. In the survey, half of the respondents said they now are providing - or have provided - unpaid c ...Read More

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

Photo: President Obama works on his immigration speech with Director of Speechwriting Cody Keenan and Senior Presidential Speechwriter David Litt in the Oval Office. Photo credit: Pete Souza, WhiteHouse.gov

MIAMI - "What's next?" is the question on the minds of thousands of Floridians today after President Obama's announcement Thursday night of an executive order regarding the future of as many as 5 million undocumented immigrants. As many as 900,000 people living in Florida could be affected, accordi ...Read More

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could affect more than 500,000 people in the Maryland-Virginia region. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WASHINGTON - More than 500,000 people living in the Maryland-Virginia region could be touched by the executive order on immigration President Obama announced Thursday night, according to Pew Research estimates. The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions for people in the c ...Read More

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