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Archive: February 13, 2014

PHOTO: A rally at the New Mexico Legislature on Saturday is being held to urge lawmakers to keep education funding as a top priority. Photo courtesy of the NM Legislature.

SANTA FE, N.M. - Organizers are hoping that a rally at the New Mexico Legislature on Saturday sends a clear message to lawmakers that funding education is critical to improving the state's last-place ranking in child well-being. The National Education Association (NEA) of New Mexico is staging the " ...Read More

GRAPHIC: States in dark orange have expanded traditional Medicaid, while those in light orange have covered the same populations in other ways, including plans like Arkansas's Private Option. Some of the states still on the fence about expansion (in light blue) and even some who have turned down the funding are considering plans like the Private Option. MAP by The Commonwealth Fund.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas lawmakers are debating whether to defund the Private Option - just as other states are looking at copying it. About half of the states have used federal funding in the Affordable Care Act to cover the working poor. Arkansas had been the only state to get those people pri ...Read More

West Virginia clean-water protesters say they are concerned that coal-cleaning chemicals such as MCHM many be broadly getting into the state's water. PHOTO by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - A lawmaker has charged that coal-washing may be leaching large amounts of MCHM and similar chemicals into West Virginia's water. MCHM is a foaming agent used to separate and float particles of coal away from rock and clay at some of the 100 or so West Virginia prep plants. Much o ...Read More

Photo: HSUS and other groups argue the use of gestation crates in pork production is inhumane. Courtesy: HSUS

SALISBURY, N.C. - This week, Salisbury-based Delhaize America announced it will require its pork suppliers to produce reports regarding their progress in eliminating the use of gestation crates from their supply chains. The company is the nation's ninth largest grocery chain, with stores including F ...Read More

PHOTO: Democratic State Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland says bills under consideration in Ohio  will make it more difficult for some Ohioans to cast ballots. Photo courtesy of Turner.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Voting rights are under attack in Ohio, according to those opposed to measures under consideration in Columbus. An Ohio House panel this week approved two Republican-backed bills aimed at bringing "fairness and security" to the voting process. Senate Bill 238 would end early voting ...Read More

PHOTO: A hog operation in southeast Iowa has been fined $10,000 and ordered to make repairs after a November manure spill into a tributary of the Des Moines River. Photo Credit: Carl Wycoff

DES MOINES, Iowa – One of the state's largest hog operations is being fined for the spill of manure into a tributary of the Des Moines River. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources has fined The Maschhoffs $10,000 and ordered updates to equipment after the incident last fall. In its ruli ...Read More

PHOTO: A simple smile could mean the world to someone down on their luck during

OGDEN, Utah – It's Random Acts of Kindness Week, and simply smiling at someone could prevent a suicide, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Utah. Rebecca Glathar, NAMI’s executive director in Utah, says people battling mental illness are often isolated and feel alone ...Read More

Education advocates say a funding formula would help ensure that state money is better directed to schools based on need. Photo courtesy of

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Education advocates say Gov. Tom Corbett's proposed funding of a $241 million education block grant is a significant dollar amount, but they still question whether it is the best way to use the money. Susan Gobreski, executive director of Education Voters of Pennsylvania, s ...Read More

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