U.S. News

Child advocates to Bush: Stop war on kids

WASHINGTON – More than 2,500 Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) delegates gathered here April 8-11 to fight Bush administration cutbacks in food stamps, Medicaid, and education and to demand that Congress enact the Dodd-Miller “Leave No Child Behind Act.”

Get insurance biz out of health care

In February Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) introduced HR-676, the United States National Health Insurance Act (NHIA), which would establish a national single-payer health care system. Conyers said his bill will free our nation “from having to put up with the outrageous costs that keep millions of Americans from receiving medical care and needed medications.”

Cuts hit Michigan kids

Michigan’s poor are having an increasingly hard time making ends meet according to a recently completed study and numerous social service organizations throughout the state.

Tax attacks

April 15, the deadline for filing federal income tax returns, has arrived again. Where do your income tax dollars go?

EEOC could shut down

Approximately 10,000 private-sector charges and 1,200 federal-sector hearing cases will not be resolved this fiscal year if an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) furlough isn’t averted, according to EEOC Chair Cari M. Dominquez.

The health bridge is falling down

Ever heard of COBRA? You probably have if you lost a job and were offered the opportunity to keep your health coverage. Under the 1986 Consolidated Omnibus Benefit Reconciliation Act (COBRA), workers who are laid off must be offered, by their employer, the opportunity to purchase their existing coverage for up to 18 months.

National Clips

DENTON, Tex.: Books not bombs / LARAMIE, Wyo.: ‘Stop mad cowboy disease’ / EAST LOS ANGELES: Guerra no, paz si / PORTLAND, Maine: Support the troops, bring ‘em home / COLUMBIA, Missouri: GOP official resigns / SELMA, Ala.: Civil rights jubilee / PITTSBURGH: Steelworkers demand health care

Epidemics and cutbacks grip NYC

Community health epidemics are now facing almost every big city in the country and some rural areas also.

Real estate market explosion gone bust

Open up the classified section in your local newspaper and you, unlike the most esteemed economic minds in the country, might notice two things. Number one, though I will not dwell on it here, is that there are not enough jobs to go around. Number two is that the amount of real estate in the market has reached gargantuan proportions.

National Clips

GREENVILLE, N.C.: Residents fight for holiday The Rev. Jesse Jackson was back in his hometown in February, marching with 500 residents to County Council chambers to declare Jan. 20 a holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In their hands were petitions signed by 10,000 registered voters in this rural county demanding that Pitt County join the rest of the country in celebrating King Day.

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