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  • Social Security's $300M IT project doesn't work

    WASHINGTON (AP) — After spending nearly $300 million on a new computer system to handle disability claims, the Social Security Administration still can't get it to work. And officials can't say when it will. Six years ago, Social Security embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated...

  • Ryan proposes streamlining anti-poverty programs

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Rep. Paul Ryan proposed a new plan Thursday to merge up to 11 anti-poverty programs into a single grant program for states that he said would allow more flexibility to help lift people out of poverty. Programs that would be merged include food stamps, cash welfare, housing...

  • US unemployment aid applications drop to 284,000

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits fell last week to its lowest level in eight years. The Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment aid dropped 19,000 to a seasonally adjusted 284,000. That's the lowest reading since February 2006,...

  • Social Security spent $300M on 'IT boondoggle'

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Six years ago the Social Security Administration embarked on an aggressive plan to replace outdated computer systems overwhelmed by a growing flood of disability claims. Nearly $300 million later, the new system is nowhere near ready and agency officials are struggling to...

  • Medicaid enrollees strain Oregon

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Low-income Oregon residents were supposed to be big winners after the state expanded Medicaid under the federal health care overhaul and created a new system to improve the care they received. But an Associated Press review shows that an unexpected rush of enrollees has...

  • Unions, Chris Christie clashing again

    Gov. Chris Christie's summertime talks with residents in beach communities starting Tuesday come with a theme that has some of his biggest critics riled up anew.

  • Health officials crack down on Medicaid marketing

    Florida has banned health insurance companies from marketing their plans directly to Medicaid recipients as the state rolls out its massive plan to privatize its health insurance program for low-income individuals and the disabled.

  • Judge declines to add defendants to pension case

    A Superior Court judge has turned down the state's request to add municipal governments, school districts and scores of other defendants to a lawsuit that challenges the 2011 overhaul of Rhode Island's pension system.

  • Bond insurers vow to fight Detroit financial plan

    DETROIT (AP) — Companies that insure Detroit bonds and stand to lose millions repeated a pledge Tuesday to aggressively challenge the city's bankruptcy plan, a day after retirees endorsed pension cuts and qualified for a bailout led by the state. Syncora and Financial Guaranty Insurance said...

  • Health officials crack down on Medicaid marketing

    MIAMI (AP) — Florida has banned health insurance companies from marketing their plans directly to Medicaid recipients as the state rolls out its massive plan to privatize its health insurance program for low-income individuals and the disabled. Private companies that have contracted with the...

  • Snyder: Vote recognizes efforts to help Detroit

    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says a vote by Detroit workers and retirees to approve pension cuts in the city's bankruptcy is recognition that the state has pulled together in support of the city. In a statement Tuesday morning, Snyder said: "We have farther to go down this...

  • Detroit retirees vote in favor of pension cuts

    DETROIT (AP) — Workers and retirees approved pension cuts in Detroit's bankruptcy by a landslide, the city reported Monday, a crucial step to emerging from the largest municipal insolvency in U.S. history. The city disclosed results from two months of balloting, which ended July 11. Judge...

  • Official: State can send inmates to medical site

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California can once again send sick inmates to an $839 million prison medical complex that was closed earlier this year amid staffing, supply and other problems at the site intended to help end years of federal court oversight, an overseer said Monday. J. Clark...

  • Douglas County retirees lose health plan challenge

    Douglas County is not obligated to contribute the same amount to retiree health plans as it does for active employees, the Nebraska Supreme Court has ruled.

  • Tom Corbett seeks to change view of education record

    Since 2011, Pennsylvania Democrats have pointed to the budget-balancing cuts in education aid that GOP Gov. Tom Corbett signed six months into office. And there's evidence voters are listening: A recent independent voter poll found that the single biggest factor behind voter disapproval of...



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