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The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - MD: Immigrant Issues

Nine of 10 Hispanic adults in Prince George's County don't have health insurance. (La Clinica del Pueblo)

HYATTSVILLE, Md. - Maryland's Hispanic community has grown to about 10 percent of the total population, and many don't have health insurance. A collaborative effort is under way in Maryland to provide health care to those who can't afford it. The focus is on Prince George's County, which has the

The lack of contraception in refugee settlements threatens the health of pregnant women and girls and the well-being of their families. (Karam Foundation)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - More than 5 million Syrians have fled war and poverty in their country. More than half of them are women and girls, many of whom are of child-bearing age and don't have access to contraceptives. According to the Women's Refugee Commission, one in five women and girls will be pregna

Research links children’s health to school success. (alexramos10/pixabay.com)

BALTIMORE, Md. - Hispanic children in Maryland are more than twice as likely as other kids to have no health insurance, says a new national report. The Georgetown University Center for Children and Families says in 2014, more than 15,000 Hispanic kids in the state were uninsured. According to Ann

More than 65,000 English-language learners are enrolled in Maryland public schools. (AFS USA/flickr.com)

BALTIMORE - A state task force is extending its study of ways to improve public education for immigrant children in Maryland. The number of English-language learners in the state's public schools has doubled to more than 65,000 in the past 10 years. Sean Johnson, legislative director for the Maryla

PHOTO: President Obama's executive order on immigration could affect more than 500,000 people in the Maryland-Virginia region. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

WASHINGTON - More than 500,000 people living in the Maryland-Virginia region could be touched by the executive order on immigration President Obama announced Thursday night, according to Pew Research estimates. The changes are expected to lead to fewer deportations and detentions for people in the c

PHOTO: Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, says Maryland's Latino voters are watching wage issues this election. Photo courtesy of 32BJ SEIU.

BALTIMORE - According to Jaime Contreras, 32BJ SEIU vice president, big issues for Maryland's Latino voters this election season include school funding, affordable housing, the Dream Act and wages. Contreras says a strong minimum wage is perhaps most important right now to Latinos, and he's pleased

PHOTO: A state-by-state analysis finds a positive economic effect in Maryland if undocumented immigrants are granted a pathway to legal status. Photo credit: OSHA.GOV

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Providing a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants could increase jobs and incomes in Maryland, according to a new state-by-state analysis. The nonpartisan Regional Economic Models Inc. examined the potential impact of the immigration-reform legislation that recently pa

Photo: University of Maryland student Ricky Campos rallied with thousands of other immigration reform activists at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

WASHINGTON - Hundreds of immigration-reform activists, including immigrants from Maryland, rallied on Capitol Hill Wednesday demanding action from House Republicans. So far, the GOP-led House has refused to take up the comprehensive plan that passed the Senate last month, which provides a pathway to

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