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Archive: October 17, 2018

New Mexico's regressive tax system puts the highest burden on the lowest-income families, according to the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy. (teachforamerica.org)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Regressive tax systems hurt children and families, according to a new report from the Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy - and by that standard, it says New Mexico has the 19th-worst tax system in the United States. The study showed that as a share of their income, the lo ...Read More

Despite survey results that fear of a school shooting is the top concern for school-aged students and parents, Minnesota lawmakers passed no new gun-control legislation in 2018. (Tim Nelson for mpr.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - The top three worries of Minnesota kids and their parents as they head to school each morning are bullying, a possible school shooting, and pressure to do things they don't want to. The list of top concerns, part of a survey by You.Gov, showed that kids between ages 6 and 17 now h ...Read More

Cover-cropping has made inroads with farmers but government funding has lapsed without passage of a new farm bill. (lwvumrr.org)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - While midterm elections dominate the news, Midwest farmers are left guessing when Congress will pass a new farm bill - or at least extend the current bill. The 2014 bill expired Sept. 30, but some programs such as SNAP food assistance continue until a new bill is in place. Others ...Read More

The hardest-to-fill teaching positions in South Dakota are in math, science, high school language arts, special education, career and technical education, and English as a second language. (teacher.org)

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - South Dakota teachers no longer earn the lowest salaries in the nation, but a new report says that without vigilance, the progress could reverse itself and make it more difficult to retain good educators. This year, South Dakota teacher pay climbed to 48th among states - compare ...Read More

Early voting begins today in North Carolina for the November midterms, and runs until Nov. 3. (Marcia Cirillo)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - Early-voting precincts are open today for people to cast their ballots in advance of the November election date. With constitutional amendments, U.S. House, state and local seats all up for grabs, interest is high in North Carolina and people are being urged to take advantage of the ...Read More

Along with providing meals and snacks, after-school supper programs offer homework help and other enrichment activities to keep children engaged. (USDA)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky is making progress in ensuring kids don't go to bed on an empty stomach. According to new data from the Food Research and Action Center, more than 17,000 low-income children participated in after-school supper programs each day on average in October 2017. That's a 16 perce ...Read More

Latin American Weeks of Health events in Utah include women's health services, mobile clinics and a free health fair. (thegoldenmonocle/Twenty20)

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SALT LAKE CITY - Cities in Utah and nationwide this month are promoting health care in Latin American communities. The American health-care system is complicated and can seem even more so for people new to the country or who don't speak English. Yehemy Zavala Orosco, preventive-health manager ...Read More

By some estimates, Americans spent $450 billion on prescription drugs in 2016. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Consumer groups are praising a proposal by the Trump administration to require drug companies to put prices in many of their television advertisements, but some worry it's only a pre-election perk designed to attract voters - one that could be dropped after the midterms. The ru ...Read More

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