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Archive: February 12, 2018

The disabilities-rights community says it was not consulted on a bill in Congress promising so-called

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LINCOLN, Neb. – A bill in Congress aimed at strengthening the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may not be what it seems, according to its critics. The U.S. House could vote this week on the ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 620), which would give businesses accused of not comply ...Read More

The U.S. House and Senate agreed to budget deals that ensure funding will continue for two years for Community Health Centers. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — In a rare show of bipartisanship, Republican and Democratic Senate leaders announced a two-year budget deal that would increase federal spending for defense as well as key domestic priorities, including many health programs. The deal appears to offer most of what Democrat ...Read More

The Maryland Healthy Working Families Act also requires that businesses that employ 14 or fewer employees provide unpaid sick and safe leave for certain employees. (William Brawley/Flickr)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A new law requiring many Maryland employers to provide paid sick leave has officially gone into effect, despite Gov. Larry Hogan's attempt to kill the bill last year. With business groups on his side, Hogan's veto was seen as a big victory for business until the General Asse ...Read More

Most states have removed an asset test for SNAP applicants. (WV Center On Budget & Policy)

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CHARLESTON, W. Va. — Advocates hope a public meeting today at the West Virginia Capitol will show that policies making it tougher to get federal food assistance are not popular. House Bill 4001 would add work and other new requirements for those applying for the Supplemental Nutrition Assist ...Read More

Women farm or co-farm more than 300 million acres across the country. (Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr)

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BISMARCK, N.D. – Increasingly, women are the landowners of farms, but they often lack access to conservation programs and resources. That's why the American Farmland Trust (AFT) is starting its Women for the Land initiative. AFT Midwest Director Jennifer Filipiak says the key is to get inform ...Read More

Advocates for New Yorkers with disabilities say every $1 invested in independent-living centers saves the state $9. (Wikimedia Commons)
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ALBANY, N.Y. – State funding for New York's independent-living centers hasn't increased in ten years, and that needs to change - that's the message being delivered to state lawmakers today by advocates for people with disabilities. Some 41 independent-living centers provide direct services to ...Read More

Immigrants' rights advocates say immigrant activists across the country are being targeted for deportation. (PROFibonacci Blue/Flickr)

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NEW YORK – A lawsuit has been filed in federal court challenging what immigrants' advocates say is the targeting of an immigrants'-rights activist by immigration officials. Last month, Ravi Ragbir, who heads the New Sanctuary Coalition, was detained during a routine check-in with Immigration ...Read More

New research suggests that communities that are able to meet and interact with people from different backgrounds tend to have less hate. (Pixabay)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Hate is a national phenomenon, but the way hate is directed varies depending on where you live, according to new research from the University of Utah. A team of geographers mapped the patterns of active hate groups in more than 360 counties across the United States in 2014, a ...Read More

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