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Archive: December 21, 2015

State Rep. Melissa Sargent says the way Wisconsin funds transportation and road building, such as the major reconstruction on the Beltline in Madison, is unsustainable and the state needs a permanent solution. (WI Dept. of Transportation)

MADISON, Wis. – More than 70 percent of Wisconsin's roads are in poor or mediocre condition, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers, which ranks the Badger State's roads as third worst in the nation. The group also says nearly 2,000 bridges in Wisconsin are either structurally ...Read More

These high school students from the coal fields of eastern Kentucky say their hometowns need the federal investment that the White House's Power Plus Plan proposes. (Kentucky Valley Educational Cooperative)

HAZARD, Ky. – The White House's proposal to reinvest in coal communities across Appalachia has a group of young, tech-savvy allies. Student leaders from 17 high schools in 14 eastern Kentucky counties have voted, unanimously, in support of the Power Plus Plan. The resolution comes from the ...Read More

Texas is one of the last remaining states in the nation to allow indefinite solitary confinement as punishment. (AlexRaths/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas is one of only 10 states that allows juvenile justice centers to use solitary confinement indefinitely to punish children, according to a new report. The survey by the national law firm Lowenstein Sandler found 21 states now prohibit punitive isolation and 20 others impose ti ...Read More

The number of people without insurance in Colorado has dropped in 2015, but almost 353,000 residents still don't have coverage. (Thierry Geoffroy/Wikimedia Commons)
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DENVER - Colorado saw an unprecedented drop in the number of people without health insurance in 2015, but some 353,000 residents still don't have coverage. The Colorado Consumer Health Initiative talked directly to consumers to find out what's working, and what needs to be improved with the state's ...Read More

Florida executed two death row inmates in 2015, as the number of executions nationally dropped to a 25 year low. (larryfarr/morguefile)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – There are signs capital punishment may be dying out in Florida, as only a handful of new death sentences were handed down this year. In 1991, Florida returned a record 45 death sentences, but less than a quarter century later, the number is down to nine. Mark Elliott, e ...Read More

The plant was proposed for Haverstraw, N.Y., 3.5 miles from the Indian Point Nuclear Power Station.  (Alexisrael/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - Last week's decision by the Public Service Commission to turn down a proposed water desalination plant in Rockland County is being called an important victory for the public good, but some feel it came only after a fight that could have been avoided had the water system not been run by a ...Read More

Michigan youth in the adult correction system can be placed in segregation where there are no limits for length of stay. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – With concerns about its damaging impact, states around the nation are reducing the use of solitary confinement for youth offenders. But a report from the Lowenstein Center for the Public Interest found that Michigan is one of 10 states that still allows indefinite solitary c ...Read More

An AARP survey of about 1,000 Illinois seniors shows 9 in 10 oppose any plans for a state retirement income tax. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As Illinois continues its nearly six-month-long budget battle, a new survey shows much of the state's senior population is opposed to a retirement income tax. Illinois' AARP took a poll of about 1,000 state residents ages 50 and older. Gerardo Cardenas, a spokesman for ...Read More

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