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GRAPHIC: While food insecurity in Massachusetts is below the levels in many other states, nearly eleven percent of all Commonwealth households are struggling to put food on the table. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

BOSTON – Food insecurity will not loosen its grip on many Commonwealth households. According to the latest government figures, one in nine Massachusetts households struggled, on average, with hunger over the years 2011-2013. Among those households considered to be food insecure, 4 percent ...Read More

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PHOTO: At an event in Framingham, a new effort was launched this week to find and enroll Massachusetts school kids in health insurance plans. The Back to School campaign is targeting communities where English is a second language. Photo courtesy of Health Care for All.

FRAMINGHAM, Mass. - It's back-to-school time for kids in the Commonwealth - and time for an effort by health-care advocates to find those children who are without health insurance. The "Back to School Campaign" kicked off with an event in Framingham, a community with a high concentration of immigra...Read More

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BOSTON - The end of summer signals a change of season, but a new report from the National Wildlife Federation finds the winter tick population is growing because of climate change. That spells bad news for the already depleted New England moose population. Eric Orff, former wildlife biologist with...Read More

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PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) became the first federal agency to acknowledge potential health risks from cell-phone use earlier this year. Then, just last week, the agency backtracked from its earlier statements of caution. Photo credit: Hoclab/Wikimedia Commons

BOSTON - The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention became the first federal agency to acknowledge health risks from cell-phone use - but then suddenly backtracked. Sometime before early June, unnoticed by many in the media, the CDC posted significant new wording in a "Frequently Asked ...Read More

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PHOTO: When it comes to the well-being of children, Massachusetts is number one in the nation, according to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids County report. Photo credit: Randen Peterson / Flickr.

BOSTON - When it comes to the well-being of children, Massachusetts is first in the nation, according to the 25th annual Annie E. Casey Foundation Kids Count report. The commonwealth rose from third place last year to first this year. The report examines 16 indicators across four areas: economic we...Read More

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PHOTO: Coastal storm damage, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be more frequent as sea levels rise through the century in the Northeast, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Risky Business Project.

BOSTON - The Northeast is expected to experience a temperature increase over the next century. But a new study identified rising oceans, and their effect on coastal infrastructure, as the major coming climate impact to the region. The report, from the Risky Business Project, concluded that Boston w...Read More

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PHOTO: Massachusetts gets only a C in a report analyzing how each state in the union supports – or doesn’t support – new parents in terms of leave time and job protection. The study is timed for the White House Summit on Working Families. Photo credit: National Partnership for Women and Families.

BOSTON – Massachusetts gets just a C in a report analyzing how each state supports – or doesn't support – new parents in terms of such things as leave time and job protection. The analysis by the National Partnership for Women and Families shows the Commonwealth with some distanc...Read More

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PHOTO: Transit station cleaners expect to be joined by hundreds of supporters for a Saturday march to protest cuts to the T Station cleaning workforce. Photo courtesy 32BJ SEIU.

BOSTON - Transit station cleaners and their supporters will be marching to protest planned job cuts, which they say would put the health and safety of both workers and 'T' riders in jeopardy. The cuts could not have come at a worse time, according to Roxana Rivera, District 615 director of 32-BJ S...Read More

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