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Last U.S. State Lifts Ban on Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

Last U.S. State Lifts Ban on Immigrant Driver’s Licenses

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s Legislature voted Thursday to end the nation’s last ban on driving privileges for young people brought into the United States illegally as children, agreeing to scrap the policy by a veto-proof margin even as the state’s new Republican governor continued to signal his opposition.  The federal Deferred Action for Childhood [...]
Detroit, Known for White Flight, Sees a Return of ResidentsDETROIT (AP) — Whites are moving back to the American city that came to epitomize White flight, even as Blacks continue to leave for the suburbs and the city’s overall population shrinks. Detroit is the latest major city to see an influx of Whites who may not find the suburbs as alluring as their parents [...]
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Ban on Gay Adults in Boy Scouts Must Change, Leader SaysNEW YORK (AP) — The national president of the Boy Scouts of America, Robert Gates, said Thursday that the organization’s longstanding ban on participation by openly gay adults is no longer sustainable, and called for change in order to avert potentially destructive legal battles. In a speech in Atlanta to the Scouts’ national annual meeting, Gates referred [...]
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Los Angeles Becomes Largest City to Back $15 Hourly WageMore than 600,000 people in the Los Angeles workforce will benefit from the city’s new $15 per hour minimum wage, which the City Council initially approved on May 19, according to the National Employment Law Project (NELP), a research and advocacy group that supports the decision. The 14-1 vote instructs the city attorney to prepare [...]
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Advocates: Can California Do More to Fight Poverty?SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown took a restrained approach in proposing a record $115.3 billion budget that sends more money to schools and offered what he called a reasonable commitment for a new tax credit to the working poor. His proposal, released on May 14, left fellow Democrats, welfare advocates and social service recipients [...]
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Child Care Investments Carry Dividends for AllWhen the Great Recession hit California in 2007, state revenues declined sharply, many programs took big hits and the state’s deficit grew. Eight years later, the “wall of debt” has been significantly reduced and tax revenues have increased so significantly that there’s a projected surplus of more than $4 billion. The time has come to [...]
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Poor Families in Ariz. Are Now Limited to 1 Year of BenefitsPHOENIX (AP) — Facing a $1 billion budget deficit, Arizona’s Republican-led Legislature has reduced the lifetime limit for welfare recipients to the shortest window in the nation. Low-income families on welfare will now have their benefits cut off after just 12 months. As a result, the Arizona Department of Economic Security will drop at least [...]
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Military Equipment for Police Is Restricted by ObamaCAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — President Barack Obama ended long-running federal transfers of some combat-style gear to local law enforcement on Monday in an attempt to ease tensions between police and minority communities, saying equipment made for the battlefield should not be a tool of American criminal justice. Grenade launchers, bayonets, tracked armored vehicles, weaponized aircraft [...]
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Many Ferguson Bills are Skipped by Missouri LawmakersJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s legislative session began with hundreds of protesters shutting down the Senate, demanding changes to state law in response to the fatal shooting of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer. It ended on May 15 with the Senate again shut down — this time because of its own partisan [...]
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A Wyo. City, Known for Beating of Gay Man, Passes a LawLARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — When Matthew Shepard was beaten, tied to a fence and left for dead nearly 20 years ago, his murder became a rallying cry in the gay rights movement. Other states adopted stricter laws against violence and discrimination, and Congress passed hate crimes legislation bearing Shepard’s name. Yet in Wyoming, advocates have tried [...]
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