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Older baby boomers may be more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups, according to a new report. Credit: gleangenie/morguefile.com

DETROIT - As the Baby Boom generation continues its march toward senior status, experts say particular economic and health factors make them more vulnerable to hunger than other age groups. According to the latest Feeding America report, 13 million adults age 50 and older now receive some sort of c ...Read More

Doctors say developmental screening should be part of every well-child visit. Credit: DocsforTots.org

NEW YORK - Many children are about to start school for the first time, but doctors say the key to successful learning may be found long before children enter a classroom. In the first years of life, according to pediatricians, children's brains develop at a remarkable rate, and developmental proble ...Read More

Schools are opening with no state dollars as the budget impasse continues. Credit: fairfundingpa.org

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The budget impasse between Gov. Tom Wolf and Republican legislators has schools scrambling to keep their doors open. Some school districts are borrowing money while others are cutting courses, increasing class size and furloughing teachers, said Mike Crossey, president of the Penn ...Read More

HealthEast security officer Kyle McGinn and his co-workers want the hospital chain to boost security staffing. Credit: AFSCME Council 5.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Security officers at the HealthEast hospital chain say short staffing levels are putting everyone there at risk. Kyle McGinn, who works at Bethesda Hospital in St Paul, said there have been more than 30 violent assaults at that HealthEast facility in the last year - many from pati ...Read More

An SEIU Local 503 bargaining team has negotiated a pay raise with the state for home-care workers, who will earn up to $15 an hour by 2017. Credit: SEIU Local 503.

PORTLAND, Ore. - A pay raise is on the way for more than 20,000 home-care workers in Oregon. A new contract has been settled with the state by SEIU Local 503 that outlines a pathway of up to $15 an hour by 2017. Home-care workers currently have a base wage of $13.75 an hour. "Some people say, oh, ...Read More

Some New York legislators hope to pass a bill that would allow the state to grant citizenship to immigrants. Credit: Steve White/freeimages.com

ALBANY, N.Y. - Headline-grabbing comments on immigration from 2016 presidential candidates such as Donald Trump have recharged the national debate. But while Congress drags its feet on immigration reform, some state lawmakers in New York are hoping recent interest in the issue draws support for a bi ...Read More

Immigrant-rights advocates held a vigil at the State House on Wednesday night to call attention to hate speech. Courtesy Centro Presente

BOSTON - Immigrant advocates held a vigil at the State House this week to call attention to anti-immigrant hate speech. They say the actions of GOP front-runner Donald Trump added fuel to the fire. Patricia Montes, executive director of Centro Presente, said they already had planned Wednesday night ...Read More

Security guards in Pittsburgh demand better pay and training. Credit: SEIU 32BJ

PITTSBURGH, Pa. - University of Pittsburgh students soon will be headed back to school but campus security guards there say for them it's back to poverty. At less than $9 an hour, security guards at the university are among the lowest paid in the city. This morning, dozens of guards and their sup ...Read More

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