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Archive: March 18, 2013

Image: accessABILITY - Center for Independent Living is one of several independent living centers across Indiana helping connect people with disabilities with resources. Logo courtesy accessABILITY

INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana's Independent Living Centers are already seeing negative effects of the federal sequestration on people with disabilities, according to Melissa Madill, the executive director of "accessABILITY" - Center for Independent Living in Indianapolis. "In vocational rehabilitation - a ...Read More

PHOTO: State Rep. Jim Coley has authored a bill to make teacher evaluations in Tennessee free and clear. Photo credit: Public Domain

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A push is underway at the Legislature to change how 63,000 public school teachers in Tennessee are evaluated, to make the process more fair and clear. Rep. Jim Coley (R-Dist. 97) said his bill would have a teacher's students tested at the start of the school year, not just at the ...Read More

PHOTO: Aging with choice, independence and dignity are the priorities of AARP members in Oregon in a new survey about the long-term care services many will need. Courtesy of AARP.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregonians over age 50 are concerned enough about aging gracefully that "long-term care services and supports" rank second on their list of top priorities - right behind "the economy and jobs." That comes from a new statewide survey by AARP Oregon. Ninety percent of those surveyed s ...Read More

PHOTO: Chris Newlin is executive director of the National Children's Advocacy Center. About 850 CACs around the U.S. handled 267,000 child abuse cases in 2012. Courtesy of National CAC.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - Professionals in child abuse investigation and treatment are meeting this week in Huntsville, Alabama, including some from Arkansas. At the National Symposium on Child Abuse, they'll get the latest research on such topics as trauma-focused therapy, sex trafficking and online explo ...Read More

PHOTO: Due to a loophole in Texas law, consumers who use payday and auto-title lenders can end up paying an APR as high as 500%. A push at the Legislature seeks to close that loophole and hold these lenders to the same standards as other financial institutions. Photo credit: Jason Comely
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AUSTIN, Texas - Legislation (SB 2019) being considered at the State Capitol aims to bring the interest and fees charged by payday and auto-title lenders in line with the standards for other Texas financial institutions. State Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) said as it stands now, those loans can end u ...Read More

PHOTO: LULAC national immigration chair Lydia Guzman says success for the reform bill by the

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The so-called "Gang of Eight" senators, including Arizona's John McCain and Jeff Flake, are planning to unveil a bipartisan immigration reform bill in the next few weeks. However, one national activist said, the bill's success will depend on how various terms crucial to the immigrat ...Read More

PHOTO: Andrew Cuomo by Pat Arnow

NEW YORK - New York lawmakers are scrambling to meet this week's deadline to approve the state budget, but health and disability advocates say a change is needed to protect the health of thousands of New Yorkers. Heidi Siegfried, director of New Yorkers for Accessible Health Coverage, said the probl ...Read More

Photo: Algae has killed at least 184 manatees in Florida this year. Courtesy: Earthjustice

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - It took more than three years, but the federal EPA and Florida Department of Environmental Protection have agreed on limits for the pollutants that cause toxic algae outbreaks. But some environmentalists say the deal is inadequate, filled with loopholes, and it will do little to ...Read More

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