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PHOTO: A report from Voices for Illinois Children finds one-in-five children would benefit from a higher minimum wage. Photo credit: Kristine Kiskey/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As candidates spar over raising the minimum wage, a question on Tuesday's ballot will take the pulse of where Illinoisans stand on the issue. A recent report from the child advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children highlights the benefits of raising the wage from $8.25 ...Read More

PHOTO: The battle over North Dakota's Measure 6 is proving as bitter as any divorce, with very different views on just how a shared parenting requirement would impact kids when their parents call it quits. Photo credit: Siti Fatimah/Flickr.

BISMARCK, N.D. - A question on shared parenting in cases of divorce will face North Dakota voters with Measure 6 next week. Supporters point to equality for mom and dad, while opponents predict it'll mean more family conflict and more litigation. Measure 6 would create a legal presumption that eac ...Read More

PHOTO: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While children cannot cast a ballot, their voices can be heard in next week's midterm election. The CEO of advocacy organization Voices for Ohio's Children, Sandy Oxley, makes the case voters can ensure the needs of the state's three million children are prioritized by the choices t ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina may have as many as two privately owned, online charter schools next year. Photo credit: educationnews.org

RALEIGH, N.C. – Starting next year, North Carolina's charter schools will expand beyond the four walls of a classroom. State lawmakers approved a pilot program in this year's budget that requires the state Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools – making the ...Read More

PHOTO: Boston University service workers at the Holiday Inn in Brookline voted by an "overwhelming margin" in favor of authorizing their 32BJ SEIU bargaining unit to call a strike, if contract talks with the University on a multi-year contract don't make progress. Photo courtesy E. Villasante

BOSTON - They work three different shifts at Boston University, so it took time to take the vote, but when the results were tallied there was little doubt about where university service workers stand. Roxana Rivera, Director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says they have been negotiating with BU since ...Read More

PHOTO: Local public libraries are offering financial literacy fairs this fall, offering classes and tips on basic budgeting, saving for college and planning for retirement. Credit: Microsoft Images

BOISE, Idaho – Answers to common questions about finances are as close as your local library. Libraries around the state are offering financial literacy fairs, with tips on where to stash your cash, whether saving for retirement or college. Sue Walker, a library consultant at the Idaho Com ...Read More

Photo: A new survey finds broad support across party lines by American age 21 and older for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. Photo credit: AARP

CONCORD, N.H. - A new survey finds broad support across party lines and age generations for the value of Social Security, even when it comes to paying a little more to expand benefits. The survey of Americans 21 and older finds three out of four value Social Security, with 86 percent agreeing the ...Read More

PHOTO: The Kentucky Attorney General's office confirms it has received a complaint of voter intimidation of college students. The message to students: you have the right to decide whether you register to vote at home or at college. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

BEREA, Ky. - The Kentucky Attorney General's office confirms it has received a complaint of alleged voter intimidation of college students. The Attorney General's communications director, Allison Martin, says the office is "actively reviewing the situation." At the heart of the complaint is an an ...Read More

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