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Fla. Immigration Activists Call for Vote on ‘Tuition Equity’  A floor vote and the democratic process need to take place in the Florida state Senate regarding a bill that would permit undocumented youth to qualify for in-state tuition fees, the Florida Immigrant Coalition (FLIC) said Friday. SB 1400 could help up to 175,000 students in Florida qualify for “Tuition Equity” or lower costs [...]
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ACLU Challenges Arkansas Law Requiring Photo ID to VoteLITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A civil liberties group filed suit Wednesday to block a new Arkansas law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls before it is enforced for the first time statewide in the primary election next month. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas filed the suit in Pulaski County [...]
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Immigration Activists to Obama: Time for Unilateral ActionWASHINGTON (AP) — Latinos and immigration activists are warning of political peril for President Barack Obama and Democrats in the fall election unless the president acts boldly and soon to curb deportations and allow more immigrants to remain legally in the U.S. Many activists say Obama has been slow to grasp the emotions building within the [...]
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Calif. Residents to Gov. Brown: ‘Lift Families Out of Poverty’  It was the day before taxes were due – and more than 200 people gathered outside the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles with a message about priorities for the state’s share of those public dollars. In fact, they had several messages: Public money needs to be invested in schools, communities and safety [...]
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Immigrants in Ohio: Thoughts and Life on the Other BorderCLEVELAND, Ohio – Every Tuesday night in Painesville, Ohio, immigrants with a common denominator meet at a converted church: They are protagonists or collateral damage in the government’s deportation machine. The picture blows the water out of the argument that deportations are focused on criminals or recent border crossers without ties to the United States, that [...]
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A Marriage, a Wedding Cake, Religion and a U.S. DebateLAKEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — The encounter at Jack Phillips’ Masterpiece Cakeshop lasted less than a minute. Phillips stepped out from behind the counter in his small, pastry-crammed shop to meet customers Charlie Craig and Dave Mullins. They told him they wanted a cake to celebrate their own marriage. Phillips replied he couldn’t, but that he’d [...]
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Elections 2014: Obama, GOP Vie for Support From WomenWASHINGTON (AP) — After months on the defensive over his health care law, a more combative President Barack Obama has emerged to fight about gender politics, leading to an election-year competition with Republicans for support from women.  No single group will be more important to Democrats’ fortunes, White House advisers say, than unmarried women, who [...]
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Native Americans Ask Group to Settle N.Y. Land Dispute  WASHINGTON (AP) — A Native American group is asking the international community to charge the United States with human rights violations in hopes of getting help with a land claim. The Onondaga Indian Nation planned on filing a petition at the Organization of American States on Tuesday, seeking human rights violations against the U.S. [...]
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Family Dollar to Close Stores, Cites Low Consumer DemandNEW YORK (AP) — Dollar stores are feeling the pinch from mounting financial pressures on low-income shoppers. Family Dollar said April 10 that it will cut jobs and close about 370 underperforming stores, as it tries to reverse sagging sales and earnings. The discount store operator will also permanently lower prices on about 1,000 basic [...]
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