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Archive: August 07, 2015

Social Security turns 80 this month. More than 1.2 million Washingtonians receive monthly benefits, including almost 91 percent of those over age 65. Credit: Chris Thomas.

SEATTLE - The 80th birthday of Social Security is next week, and every 2016 presidential candidate has ideas for changing the system - whether that means strengthening it or scrapping it. It's expected to be among the topics of Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders' remarks this weekend in Seattle. M ...Read More

A woman's health-care decisions are best made between doctor and patient without political interference, says Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin. Credit: Steve Debenport/

MADISON, Wis. - The Republican-led attempt to defund Planned Parenthood would, if successful, have exactly the opposite effect than the organizers of the attack claim to desire, according to Nicole Safar, government relations director for Planned Parenthood-Wisconsin. Recently, Gov. Scott Walker le ...Read More

More than 67,000 Hoosiers have signed petitions supporting the Clean Power Plan. Credit: clarita/

INDIANAPOLIS - Doctors and pastors, economists and environmentalists - people all across Indiana - are applauding the first-ever national protections from carbon pollution - and they're calling on the state's elected leaders to get behind the Clean Power Plan. Dr. Stephen Jay said that during his c ...Read More

New Hampshire conservationists say streams such as this one in Epsom should return to cooler temperatures under the new EPA Clean Power Plan, which will benefit native brook trout and other local fish and wildlife. Credit: Eric Orff/National Wildlife Federation.

CONCORD, N.H. - New Hampshire biologists, sportsmen and conservationists are giving "thumbs-up" to the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan announced by President Obama this week. Art Green, a New Hampshire sportsman and volunteer coordinator for Trout Unlimited, said climate change i ...Read More

At American Friends Service Committee Freedom Schools in the St. Louis area, teenagers and young adults look for ways to be agents of change. Credit: Joshua Saleem

ST. LOUIS - The cameras have stopped rolling and the national news crews have gone home, but in the year since the shooting death of Michael Brown, grassroots programs have been driving change in Ferguson. In the past year, said Joshua Saleem, who heads the peace education program run by the Americ ...Read More

PHOTO: New York state regulators have cracked down on retailers selling life-like toy guns, in an attempt to reduce accidental shootings by people who assume a toy gun is real. Photo credit: Travis Grawey/

NEW YORK - Five retailers including online giants Amazon and Walmart have agreed this week to stop selling realistic-looking toy guns. In a settlement agreement with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, the companies will pay more than $300,000 for violating public safety laws. Leah Gunn Ba ...Read More

PHOTO: The United States is one of the few countries in the world that has no national policy mandating paid leave for new mothers, although more individual companies and states have determined there's a need for it. Photo credit: M Ameen/

NEW YORK - A bill to allow New York workers up to 12 weeks of paid family leave is gaining support in Albany. This week, Netflix announced it will give its employees unlimited time off for the first year after a child is born or adopted. It's a growing trend in major corporations. A New York bill ...Read More

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