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The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.

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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejected the Trump's campaign for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Archive: January 22, 2016

A panel of juvenile-justice experts is rethinking Illinois' youth court system. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Illinois once again could become a national leader in juvenile-justice reforms. That's the idea behind a hearing today in Chicago, where experts will be talking about how the state can help keep young adults who break the law from reoffending. State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, is holding ...Read More

Imported children's toys may contain toxic chemicals. (Joseph Mischyshyn/

ALBANY, N.Y. - The federal Toxic Substances Control Act is being reformed for the first time in 40 years, and the results could help protect New Yorkers. Toxic chemicals are in everything from children's toys to clothing and construction materials. Since the law passed in 1976, said Kathy Curtis, e ...Read More

Researchers at the Brookings Institute say the income gap is wider today than before the Great Recession. (Gabriella Fabbri/freeimages)

NEW YORK - Income inequality in the United States is higher today than before the Great Recession - and it continues to rise, according to researchers at the Brookings Institution's Metropolitan Policy Program. The Bridgeport, Conn., area topped the list, followed by the New York metropolitan regio ...Read More

The cost of smoking exceeds $1 million a year, depending on where you live. (Joseph Morris/Flickr)

INDIANAPOLIS - The average cost to each of America's 66 million tobacco users is from $24,000 to $50,000 a year, depending on where they live, according to new research by online survey company WalletHub. Over a lifetime, said WalletHub spokeswoman Jill Gonzalez, that can add up to more than $1.4 m ...Read More

Oregon already is taking some of the steps outlined in a new Annie E. Casey Foundation policy brief to help lower-income families save money and build assets. (C. Thomas)

PORTLAND, Ore. - The wealth gaps in the United States aren't only between rich and poor, but along racial lines - and a new policy brief from the Annie E. Casey Foundation makes recommendations for changing that. According to the research, when lower-income parents don't have opportunities to save ...Read More

The industry reported almost 115,000 tons of methane emissions in 2014. (Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmental advocates are praising Gov. Tom Wolf's proposals for new rules to curb methane pollution as an important step toward protecting the health of all Pennsylvanians. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas, and accompanying pollutants can have serious health consequences for ...Read More

Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection estimates that only 30 percent of farms in the state comply with current clean-water laws. (Nicholas/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The state on Thursday unveiled its new strategy for cleaning up polluted rivers and streams - but it's going to take money to implement. Pennsylvania has fallen behind in its efforts to clean up some 19,000 miles of polluted waterways. The new plan establishes a number of immediat ...Read More

AARP's Take A Stand effort includes a website where people can compare the Social Security proposals of most presidential candidates. (AARP)

DES MOINES, Iowa - More than nine of 10 Iowans who say they will attend a presidential precinct caucus on Feb. 1 say they're concerned about the future of Social Security - concerned enough that they want to hear specific plans from the candidates. John Hishta, senior vice president of campaigns fo ...Read More

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