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PHOTO: For the second year, Michigan United members will take to the Capitol to tell lawmakers what they think about the state's policies regarding prison funding, the handling of elections, and the treatment of refugees. Photo courtesy of Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. - Buses full of concerned citizens from across the state will head to Lansing today for the second annual Michigan United Capitol Day, a chance to sit down with lawmakers to discuss what can be done to make Michigan a more just and fair place to live. Erik Shelley, media coordinator w ...Read More

PHOTO: A new study from AARP finds many older workers in Texas, especially women, have little saved as they approach retirement. Photo credit: Claudia A. De La Garza/Flickr.
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HOUSTON - Across the state of Texas, many workers dream of the day when they'll finally reach that age of retirement, but new research shows many of those getting closer to retirement are nowhere near ready financially. Cheryl Matheis, senior principal and counsel with AARP, says their new study fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Patients can't make the best decisions about their healthcare needs if they don't have all the information, and some groups are raising concerns about the plethora of medical mergers involving faith-based groups that don't perform or condone some procedures. Photo credit: Chad Hutchison/
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SEATTLE - Almost half the hospital beds in Washington are now part of faith-based healthcare systems, up from one-in-four just four years ago. Some believe the trend could limit the types of care available to patients, and they're speaking out about it. Those affiliations include Vancouver-based Pe ...Read More

RALEIGH, N.C. - The State Board of Elections is investigating the national conservative group Americans for Prosperity to determine whether it committed a felony after the North Carolina Democratic Party filed a formal complaint on Monday. This comes after AFP sent thousands of mailers to citizens ...Read More

PHOTO: Census data shows poverty in Virginia and the U.S. has actually increased since the end of the last recession. Photo by No Kid Hungry.

RICHMOND, Va. - More Virginians and Americans are in poverty now than at the end of the great recession, according to census figures. Debbie Weinstein, executive director with the Coalition on Human Needs, says the census shows more people living below the poverty line than when the recession offic ...Read More

PHOTO: An advocate for senior citizens says voters need to quiz candidates this fall, ahead of the November election, on their position regarding strengthening Social Security for today's retirees and tomorrow's generation. Photo courtesy of

CHICAGO - The president-elect of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) National Board, Eric Schneidewind, says candidates are not talking about the main issues voters 50 and older have identified as being of primary importance to them. "We go out and poll our members, and we ask them w ...Read More

PHOTO: From figuring out how to register to vote, to knowing where to go vote on Election Day, a new website keeps both first-time and seasoned Michigan voters up to date on critical election information. Image courtesy of Michigan Election Coalition.

DETROIT - The November elections are just around the corner, and in an effort to boost the number of Michiganders who will head to the polls, a new online tool offers information on how to register to vote and cast a ballot. Sharon Dolente, director of the Michigan Election Coalition, says the goal ...Read More

PHOTO: Elementary school students in Reading stop by kiosks parked near school entrances to get free, nutritious breakfast items to eat in their classrooms. Photo courtesy Food Research and Action Center.

READING, Pa. - Homeroom is just a little "homier" in Reading elementary schools this month, as kids are now starting their days with a nutritious breakfast before they begin their class work. Some Reading students used to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, but this year, the district made the decision ...Read More

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