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San Francisco Media Plan Week of Coverage on Homeless Crisis

San Francisco Media Plan Week of Coverage on Homeless Crisis

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More than 70 media organizations in San Francisco plan to saturate online, TV and print publications this week with news stories about an issue that has stumped politicians and residents for decades: The city’s homeless.  Homelessness has defined San Francisco for generations, with panhandlers and urine-stained sidewalks as much a part […]

Abortion Ruling May Not Open Door for New Texas Clinics

Abortion Ruling May Not Open Door for New Texas Clinics

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Abortion providers celebrating the U.S. Supreme Court striking down major Texas abortion restrictions Monday also begrudgingly acknowledged a daunting reality: The damage is done, and no time soon are women likely to see new clinics start replacing dozens that have folded since 2013. The restrictions that justices toppled in a 5-3 […]

Illinois Advocates to Leaders: Stop the Damage, Pass a Budget

Illinois Advocates to Leaders: Stop the Damage, Pass a Budget

Illinois will hit an unwanted milestone on July 1 when it marks one year without a state budget, a standoff that is threatening networks of support for families and already hitting programs for homeless youth, seniors and students. The standoff is sending shockwaves through social service agencies and nonprofits around the state, which is home […]

Can Immigrants Be Held Indefinitely? Supreme Court Will Decide.

Can Immigrants Be Held Indefinitely? Supreme Court Will Decide.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether some immigrants locked up longer than six months during deportation proceedings should have a chance to be released. The justices said Monday they will take up an issue that affects thousands of immigrants detained for months or years without the benefit of a hearing to determine […]

Safety Net to Cover More Families in New California Budget

Safety Net to Cover More Families in New California Budget

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers approved a state budget Wednesday that gives liberal Democrats long-sought increases to safety net programs while socking away billions to prepare for a recession. The $122.5 billion spending plan, negotiated by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and Democratic legislative leaders, earned a rebuke from Republicans, who said it sets the […]

Texas Can’t Ban Syrian Refugees, U.S. Judge Rules

Texas Can’t Ban Syrian Refugees, U.S. Judge Rules

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas can’t keep out Syrian refugees, a federal judge has ruled, dismissing concerns state Republican leaders’ sounded over hidden extremists following the Paris attacks and revived this week by Donald Trump following the nightclub massacre in Orlando, Florida. Texas was the first state to sue the Obama administration over resettlements, though […]

Report: Health Premiums, in General, Are Likely to Rise in 2017

Report: Health Premiums, in General, Are Likely to Rise in 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — Premiums for popular low-cost medical plans under the federal health care law are expected to go up an average of 11 percent next year, said a study that reinforced reports of sharp increases around the country in election season. For consumers, the impact will depend on whether they get government subsidies for […]

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