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Special Series: Chicago Teen Finds Empowerment

“Recently,” says Julio Contreras, a 17-year-old in of Chicago, “my sister was diagnosed with cancer and my mom has dedicated all of her time to being there with her. Currently, my life consists of working and helping out my family.” Yet, when considering the path Julio has taken in his life – the challenges he’s [...]
Homeless Handbook Provides Answers for Youth in Illinois  For the more than 59,000 homeless youth in Illinois, the question has likely surfaced at one point in their lives: If a police officer detains me, where can I be taken?  In other words, what are the rights of homeless youth in Illinois? Now, there are answers. In fact, there are many for homeless [...]
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Mom of Teen Fatally Shot by Denver Police Wants JusticeDENVER (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old girl who was shot and killed by Denver police said Wednesday that she wants a second, independent autopsy because she doesn’t trust the official investigation into the death of her daughter. The demand by Laura Sonya Rosales Hernandez came as the Denver Police Department and an independent [...]
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1 in 5 Kids Use Food Stamps, Setting a U.S. RecordWASHINGTON (AP) — Sixteen million children were on food stamps as of last year, the highest number since the nation’s economy tumbled in 2008. Numbers released by the Census Bureau Wednesday as part of its annual look at children and families show that one in five children were on food stamp assistance in 2014. The [...]
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Immigrants to Be Asked About Deportation ProtectionWASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has ordered immigration agents to ask immigrants they encounter living in the country without documents whether they might qualify under President Barack Obama’s plans to avoid deporting them, according to internal training materials obtained by The Associated Press. Agents also have been told to review government files to identify [...]
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Payday Loans Criticized at Grassroots Rallies in U.S.  Grassroots activists calling for stronger government limits on the payday loan industry took their message on Tuesday directly to the source: They protested in front of payday loan businesses at events in at least 10 states. Their “ask” was straightforward: The federal government needs to protect consumers from an industry in which critics say [...]
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Civil Rights Activists, the ‘Friendship Nine,’ to Be ClearedCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Nine Black men arrested for integrating a Whites-only South Carolina lunch counter 54 years ago may be heroes in the historic record, but in the record of the law they are still convicted trespassers. That criminal record will soon be erased. On Wednesday, a prosecutor is expected to ask a judge [...]
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Mormon Church Calls for Respect of LGBT CommunitySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Mormon church announced a campaign Tuesday for new laws that protect gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people from discrimination while somehow also protecting people who assert their religious beliefs. “We must find ways to show respect for others whose beliefs, values and behaviors differ from ours while never being [...]
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Fields of DreamsIt’s early morning and still dark in the border town of Yuma, Arizona when Liliana Arroyo and Ana Torres head out to the bus stop, a Circle K store, and finally, the fields. Stopping to chat with farmworkers making their way to work, the pair provide information – in English and Spanish - about health screenings [...]
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Appalachian Residents Sue EPA, Calling for Clean Water  Residents concerned about clean water in Appalachia are suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and asking for a response to past petitions arguing that Kentucky and West Virginia have failed to regulate “harmful” pollution caused by mountaintop removal coal mining. The legal action was filed on Jan. 7 by Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) [...]
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