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Kansas City Confronts ‘Sin of Poverty Wages’ With Vote

Kansas City Confronts ‘Sin of Poverty Wages’ With Vote

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City’s minimum wage will rise to $13 an hour over about four and a half years under an ordinance that council members approved on July 16, although there are questions whether it could withstand a legal challenge. The ordinance, which makes the city the only one in Missouri to approve [...]
Ill. Budget Crisis Prompts Rally to Save Human ServicesGrassroots advocates flooded the area outside Illinois state government offices at the Thompson Center in Chicago on Wednesday, deeply upset that Gov. Bruce Rauner and lawmakers have failed to reach a resolution to stop budget cuts that activists say will be devastating to the poor and those in need. The state is facing an estimated [...]
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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State money for services from child care to road construction could stop in Illinois starting on Wednesday after Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner vetoed most of the Democratic Legislature’s budget plan, a move that follows weeks of vitriolic exchanges in a state new to divided government. A day after signing into law [...]
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American Indian Logos Are Banned in Madison SchoolsMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Sports fans may have to leave their Blackhawks, Indians or Redskins gear at home if they plan on entering a Madison public school next year. Starting this fall, public school students in Wisconsin’s capital city cannot wear shirts, hats or other items that display the name, logo or mascot of any [...]
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Last U.S. State Lifts Ban on Immigrant Driver’s LicensesLINCOLN, 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 [...]
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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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No Charges in Fatal Police Shooting in Wis. Spark OutcryMADISON, Wis. (AP) — Demonstrators blocked traffic and chanted as they peacefully marched through the streets of Wisconsin’s capital city on Wednesday to voice their anger about a prosecutor’s decision not to charge a White police officer in the shooting death of an unarmed biracial man. An estimated 150 to 200 protesters slowly walked from [...]
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People Tortured by Chicago Police to Receive ReparationsCHICAGO (AP) — Chicago’s leaders took a step Wednesday typically reserved for nations trying to make amends for slavery or genocide, agreeing to pay $5.5 million in reparations to the mostly African-American victims of the city’s notorious police torture scandal and to teach schoolchildren about one of the most shameful chapters of Chicago’s history. Chicago has [...]
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Missouri Now Ranks as a Top State to Limit the Safety NetJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri lawmakers voted Tuesday to remove several thousand families from a welfare program by imposing shorter time limits for people to receive the benefits, overriding a veto by the state’s Democratic governor.  The new law will reduce Missouri’s lifetime limit for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families cash assistance program [...]
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Native Americans Lobby to Make Site Names Not OffensiveWOUNDED KNEE, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota’s Shannon County will now be Oglala Lakota County, removing the name of a man who Oglala Sioux Tribe activists say helped with negotiations that were a precursor for the breakup of tribal lands. The name change, which became official on May 1, follows an April proclamation from the governor. [...]
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