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Archive: February 11, 2013

Photo: Helen Marks Dicks of AARP-WI says using federal dollars to expand Medicaid would be a wise move for Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - Under the new federal health care law, Wisconsin could expand Medicaid (called Badger Care in Wisconsin) to cover an additional 175,000 more people - and potentially save money doing it. Helen Marks Dicks, state issues advocacy director for AARP-Wisconsin, urged Gov. Walker to use av ...Read More

PHOTO: Last-minute changes will delay federal income tax refunds for some. The average refund timing has gone from 9 days in past years, to 21 this year. Courtesy: IRS.gov

DURHAM, N.C. - Taxpayer shouldn't plan on spending their income tax refund too quickly this year, the government has warned. Refunds are expected to be delayed for some taxpayers. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) explained it is a result of the last-minute fiscal cliff debate in Washington, D.C. T ...Read More

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CHICAGO - Every year around this time, many Illinoisans look forward to getting a tax refund check. But sometimes the preparer's fee eats away at it. Or, if they really need the money quickly, some people take out a refund anticipation loan and lose even more of their money in interest and fees. T ...Read More

PHOTO: One in five Washingtonians will be age 65 or older by 2030. This week, state lawmakers are discussing strategies to adapt to the aging demographics. Courtesy of AARP.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Lawmakers in Olympia know they're getting older and everyone else in the state is, too. Today and Tuesday, they are discussing what to do about it. One proposed bill creates a joint committee on aging and disability issues. The idea is from Rep. Steve Tharinger (D-Dist. 24), a for ...Read More

PHOTO: Investigation continues into a fracking waste spill into storm drains leading into the Mahoning River near Youngstown.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The unlawful disposal of thousands of gallons of fracking waste in Ohio is drawing the ire of residents and environmental groups. The Ohio EPA is investigating the intentional dumping of an estimated 20,000 gallons of crude oil and brine into a storm drain in Youngstown by Hard Rock ...Read More

INDIANAPOLIS - A broad group of organizations is supporting bills in both houses of the Indiana Legislature calling for changes to a 30-year contract that commits the state to purchase natural gas from Leucadia Corporation. Nachy Kanfer, deputy director, central region, for the Sierra Club, said a ...Read More

PHOTO: Attendees at VOICE's Affordable Housing Action event in Arlington. VOICE hopes the foreclosure settlement money will be used to help people rebuild credit and reestablish themselves in affordable homes. Courtesy of VOICE.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia will receive $3.5 million as part of a lawsuit settlement with financial institutions in the now infamous "robo-signing" of foreclosure documents. Some Virginians hope the state will use the money to help areas affected by foreclosures. The Rev. Clyde Ellis, clergy leader ...Read More

PHOTO: The FDA may have to be more selective about the doctors chosen to serve on its advisory committees to evaluate drugs and medical devices. Courtesy of POGO.

NEW YORK - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced it is seeking dozens of doctors to serve on advisory committees that evaluate new medical devices before they hit the market. However, the agency is operating under new rules that could make it harder to fill those vacancies. The ...Read More

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