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Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.

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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Archive: July 29, 2015

The Ohio Reach program is connecting helping former foster youth begin their college journey. Credit: Mike Cogh/Flickr

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It's getting close to back-to-school time, and one group of college-bound Ohioans is getting a little extra help making higher education a reality. The Ohio Reach program is connecting former foster youth to financial aid, housing, mentoring and other supports in their college jour ...Read More

Health provider, mother and child. Credit: Brian Clark, courtesy of Colorado Health Foundation.
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DENVER - Coloradans are embracing the "medical home" model for health-care delivery, according to a new report from the Colorado Health Foundation. In a medical home, the patient is the focus, and doctors - who traditionally play the "starring role" in clinics - become part of a team of professiona ...Read More

Michigan's new Justice Policy Commission is getting to work reviewing sentencing and release policies, and representatives from the mental-health community are among those bringing their expertise to  the table. Credit: Meesh/Flickr.

LANSING, Mich. - A new commission is investigating criminal justice reform in Michigan, and mental-health workers are among those weighing in on ways to revamp policies that keep nonviolent offenders unnecessarily locked up. Clinical social worker Jennifer Strange, among those on the Criminal Justi ...Read More

A new study shows that Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it is known in California, has significantly benefited U.S. children since its inception in 1965. Credit:

OAKLAND, Calif. – Medicaid, or Medi-Cal as it's known in California, turns 50 years old this week – and a new study shows it has improved the lives of millions since its inception. The Georgetown Center for Children and Families examined data on Americans who utilized Medicaid benefits ...Read More

Food Bank of Northern Nevada and other support groups preparing to help feed thousands of school children this fall. Courtesy: U.S. Department of Agriculture

RENO, Nev. - Proper nutrition for students is a major focus for educators and private support groups as thousands of children in Nevada will soon head back to school. Jocelyn Lantrip, marketing director at the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, said her organization's after-school meal program, Kids Caf ...Read More

More than 600,000 Oregonians rely on Medicare for their health coverage, and the Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) program helps thousands of them navigate a complex system. Credit: AlexRaths/

PORTLAND, Ore. - Medicare has a big birthday this week. The federal health insurance program for older Americans is turning 50. Before the program was created, about half of all seniors in the United States were uninsured. Today, the system has more than 55 million enrollees, including more than 60 ...Read More

Photo: The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs warns consumers to beware of secret-shopper offers they receive through email or phone calls. Photo credit: aimeelow/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Getting paid to shop sounds like the perfect job, and while plenty of reputable companies conduct consumer research with the help of secret shoppers, plenty of scam artists use the practice as a window into your bank account. The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs has receive ...Read More

Nature lovers gather at Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge. Courtesy: U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich

LAS CRUCES, N.M. - The future appears positive for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, a federal government program that in New Mexico has helped to create Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge and the Valles Caldera National Preserve. A bipartisan deal recently reached in the Senate would extend ...Read More

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