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Archive: September 18, 2017

People with disabilities and the elderly are more likely to be injured or die during emergencies. (skeeze/Pixabay)

NEW YORK – Advocates for people with disabilities say the death of eight residents of a Florida nursing home that lost power shows the importance of better planning to help those with special needs during emergencies. Seniors and people with disabilities face disproportionately increased ris ...Read More

The state's poverty rate is almost back to pre-Great Recession levels, thanks in part to the $2 increase in the state minimum wage. (Wonderlane/flckr)

BOSTON – It's a significant drop. The share of Massachusetts children living in poverty is down, and state job growth along with recent boosts in the minimum wage are cited as big factors pushing the positive trend. The data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show the child p ...Read More

 The Granite State recorded a 2.8 percent drop in the share of children living in poverty according to the U.S. Census. (Chris Jackson/Flckr)

CONCORD, N.H. -- The Granite State is making progress in reducing poverty, according to the latest numbers. But some groups are seeing only limited gains as the state recovers from the Great Recession. Phil Sletten, policy analyst with the New Hampshire Fiscal Policy Institute, said some of the bi ...Read More

A mural in Woodburn Hall that includes a depiction of the Ku Klux Klan originally was painted for the Chicago World's Fair. (J. Barrie)

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – At a time when people across the country are calling for the removal of Confederate statues and artwork because they're seen as divisive, a petition drive is underway to remove a controversial painting at the Indiana University Bloomington campus. Students taking classes ...Read More

More than 1,000 peace and nonviolence actions will take place globally this week. (Peace Quest Greater Lansing)

LANSING, Mich. – Faith groups, grassroots activists and community organizations from all over Michigan will come together this week to reject violence and work toward creating a culture of peace. Terry Link, co-chair of the Peace Education Center of Greater Lansing, which is co-sponsoring se ...Read More

The Torrance County Detention Facility, a for-profit private prison in Estancia, N.M., is scheduled to close because of a lack of prisoners. (CoreCivic.com)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The prison population is declining in most states - but not in New Mexico, and that's creating problems for elected officials. A privately run for-profit prison in Torrance County announced it would close at the end of this week because it doesn't have enough inmates. At ...Read More

According to the census, Virginia has a lower poverty rate than the United States as a whole, while the District of Columbia has a higher rate. (U.S. Census Bureau)

RICHMOND, Va. -- Census data shows the poverty rate is slowly going down in Virginia and the District of Columbia, but it is still higher than it was before the Great Recession. Nearly 11 percent of households in Virginia, and more than 17 percent in the District of Columbia struggled with poverty ...Read More

Nursing home deaths prompt new rules by Florida Governor (Salvador Altimir/Flickr)

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Even though a fully functioning hospital was across the street, eight residents died in a sweltering nursing home without air-conditioning in the Miami suburb of Hollywood, while calls for help were ignored. Brian Lee, who was forced out as Florida's long-term care ombudsman, ...Read More

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