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Public Assistance Is Still Needed by 52 Million Americans

Public Assistance Is Still Needed by 52 Million Americans

WASHINGTON (AP) — The once-increasing number of Americans getting some kind of public assistance from the U.S. government may be slowing down, according to new information from the U.S. Census Bureau. Approximately 52.2 million Americans — or 21.3 percent — participated in one or more of six poverty assistance programs on average each month in [...]
U.S. to Defend Immigration Reform at Court of AppealsWASHINGTON (AP) — The government will not ask the Supreme Court to review a judge’s decision that put on hold President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration, the Justice Department said Wednesday.  The decision came one day after a federal appeals court panel refused to lift a Texas judge’s injunction that kept the sweeping immigration [...]
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Poverty Is Affecting More U.S. Students, Study FindsWASHINGTON (AP) — The American education landscape is shifting. More U.S. school-age kids live in poverty and need English-language services, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Education Statistics. Enrollment in public schools is up, including in charter schools that have grown in popularity. At the same time, smaller numbers of [...]
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Supreme Court Takes Up ‘One Person, One Vote’ CaseWASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to hear an important case about whether states must count only those who are eligible to vote, rather than the total population, when drawing electoral districts for their legislatures.  The case from Texas could be significant for states with large immigrant populations, including Latinos who are children [...]
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Obama’s Immigration Plans to Remain on Hold, Court SaysNEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal appeals court refused Tuesday to lift a temporary hold on President Barack Obama’s executive action that could shield as many as 5 million immigrants illegally living in the U.S. from deportation. The U.S. Justice Department had asked the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse a Texas judge who [...]
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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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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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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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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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