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PHOTO: The "State of Working Ohio 2014" report from Policy Matters Ohio finds inequities in wages and low workforce participation. Photo credit: M.Connors/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As we pause to celebrate the American worker this Labor Day, a new report indicates many Ohio workers may not feel so appreciated. Amy Hanauer, executive director of the research group Policy Matters Ohio, says its new report, "State of Working Ohio," finds labor market part ...Read More

PHOTO: Wisconsin has thousands of small streams such as this one, and the state's largest environmental group, Clean Wisconsin, says a recent manure spill of more than a million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River and netted the polluter a $464 fine sends the wrong message about keeping our environment clean. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey)

MADISON, Wis. - A recent manure spill of more than 1 million gallons that polluted the Little Eau Pleine River in Marathon County netted the offender a fine of only $464 from the Department of Natural Resources. Amber Meyer Smith, director of government relations for the state's largest environmen ...Read More

PHOTO: With roughly 100 Central American refugee children currently being housed in Michigan, immigrant advocacy groups are working to address their immediate as well as long-term needs. Photo courtesy of Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. - They fled their homelands with only what they could carry, and now several Michigan groups are coming together to provide clothing and toiletries for Central American and Mexican children who escaped gang violence and poverty in their native countries this summer. It's estimated th ...Read More

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota's labor unions say Labor Day should be more than a long weekend at the end of summer. It should also be time to recognize the hard work - and workers - around the state. Mark Anderson, president of the South Dakota State Federation of Labor, said too many people and ...Read More

NEW YORK - It's a big number that's making headlines in New York, but local advocates for immigrants say the flow of unaccompanied minors to Long Island is being taken in stride. Reports published in Newsday show that Long Island leads the state for the number of unaccompanied children arriving in ...Read More

The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. Photo by Francois Polito

SAN FRANCISCO - The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. The bill, AB 1014, is in response to a shooting spree last May near Santa Barbara that left six students dead. Richard Martinez lost his son in ...Read More

PHOTO: Oregon agriculture groups say many farms are critically shorthanded. Some farmers say they'll support Measure 88, allowing Oregon residents who don't have the necessary paperwork for a driver's license to get a driver's card instead. Photo credit: PattieS/iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Or. - Oregon farmers have two things in common heading into fall – they're busy and they're shorthanded. So, many say they are supporting a ballot measure that would allow people to get driver's cards, no matter their immigration status. Opponents of the driver's card have warned allow ...Read More

PHOTO: As Social Security marks its 79th anniversary this month, a report finds it is providing great benefits to Illinois families and the economy. Photo credit: Zimmytws/iStockphoto.com

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A new report from the advocacy group Social Security Works, highlights the ways that at the ripe old age of 79, Social Security is helping Illinois' residents and the economy. While pensions have changed, jobs have been lost and homes have lost equity, Eric Kingson, the o ...Read More

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