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At least 60 health, business and nonprofit groups are supporting Medicaid expansion in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - At least 60 businesses, nonprofits and healthcare organizations are now backing Gov. Dennis Daugaard's ideas to expand Medicaid in South Dakota. The group is calling itself "It Makes Sense for South Dakota." Supporters say the expansion plans will not increase the state's general bud ...Read More

Indiana's official language would become more gender neutral under a bill that's been approved by the House.

INDIANAPOLIS – Women elected to statewide office in Indiana get referred to as "he" in the laws that spell out their duties. Some female lawmakers are now seeking to change that. When State Auditor Suzanne Crouch took office in 2013 she noticed her job description read "he" or "his." She s ...Read More

A unique multi-state conference will be held in early March to help communities establish closer farm-to-school relations. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farmers, ranchers, school administrators, educators, students and community leaders from the Midwest will gather in Nebraska City, Neb., on March 2 for the Midwest Farm to School Conference. Sarah Smith, farm to school lead worker with the Center for Rural Affairs, says ma ...Read More

A bill to restore Arizona's KidsCare health insurance program advanced this week in the state legislature. (Wikimedia Commons)

PHOENIX - A bill to fully restore Arizona's KidsCare health insurance program cleared a major hurdle this week when it was approved unanimously by the state House Committee on Health. During the recession, the program was scaled back because of its cost, but now Arizona is the only remaining state ...Read More

Tennessee lawmakers are considering legislation that would create a statewide database of residents who take out payday loans. (Krosseel/morguefile)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Neon signs and billboards advertising payday loans are scattered across Tennessee, and legislation (HB 1954) introduced in the state House seeks to ensure existing state laws about the practice are enforced. Current law prohibits Tennessee consumers from taking out more than tw ...Read More

Religious leaders are once again asking for caps on payday loans in Minnesota. (iStockphoto)

MINNEAPOLIS – The push to rein in payday lending continues in Minnesota. A reform group – Minnesotans for Fair Lending – hosts what it calls a free educational event today in Minneapolis to help people avoid falling into the debt trap. Brian Rusche, executive director of the Jo ...Read More

Kentucky lawmakers urged to stop using lottery funds earmarked for need-based college scholarships to plug holes in the state's general fund. (KCTCS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – As Kentucky lawmakers begin to put together another two-year budget for the state, higher-education advocates want them to stop what the advocates say is a troubling trend – taking state lottery funds away from need-based scholarships. For years, lawmakers have swept l ...Read More

Domestic-violence shelter usage in Connecticut has doubled since 2008. (CMY Kane/flickr.com)

HARTFORD, Conn. - Connecticut's domestic-violence shelters are consistently full, according to a report released Tuesday. Karen Jarmoc, CEO of the Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says since 2008, the number of women and children seeking shelter from domestic violence has doubled. O ...Read More

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