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Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

Two Wins for Families: Ala. Ends Bans on Food Stamps and Support

It’s a quiet win for thousands of Alabamians seeking to rebuild their lives and provide for their families: Alabama is joining the majority of U.S. states by allowing people with a past felony drug conviction to receive SNAP food assistance and TANF financial assistance, as long as they are otherwise eligible. The effective starting date […]

Racial Reconciliation Is Needed in U.S., U.N. Group Says

Racial Reconciliation Is Needed in U.S., U.N. Group Says

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States should consider reparations to African-American descendants of slavery, establish a national human rights commission and publicly acknowledge that the trans-Atlantic slave trade was a crime against humanity, a United Nations working group said on Jan. 29.  The U.N. Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent released its […]

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

Broken Promises: Smaller Middle Class Has Less Room for Families

After Gabriel Cardenas graduated from high school, he seemed on track to join America’s middle class. He worked at Google in Silicon Valley, enrolled in classes at San Jose’s Evergreen Valley College and took a second job. But seven years after graduation, Cardenas is no closer to a middle class that has been shrinking for […]

Use of Force Tactics by Police Face Review by Agency Leaders

Use of Force Tactics by Police Face Review by Agency Leaders

WASHINGTON (AP) — Police across the United States are rethinking how they use force amid national outrage over questionable shootings and violent arrests. The changes include efforts in Dallas to train officers to de-escalate situations by moving backward during target practice and arming some with sponge projectiles rather than guns. In Camden, New Jersey, officers […]

LGBT Advocates: Utah Bill Favoring Heterosexual Couples Is Illegal

LGBT Advocates: Utah Bill Favoring Heterosexual Couples Is Illegal

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Legislation that would require Utah judges to favor heterosexual couples over same-sex couples in adoptions or foster care placements is blatantly unconstitutional and won’t hold up in court, according to gay rights advocates.  Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City, said on Jan. 29 that last year’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling legalizing […]

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