03/21/14 02:44 PM
SALEM, Ore. — Oregon's Gov. John Kitzhaber asked for a shake-up of Cover Oregon's top leadership Thursday after an independent investigation found that state managers had repeatedly failed to heed reports about problems that prevented the online health insurance exchange from launching on...
03/21/14 02:28 PM
ATLANTA — People seeking government help to buy food could be tested for drug use under a bill approved by the state Senate. Lawmakers voted 29-22 on Thursday to approve the plan, which now heads back to the House of Representatives for final approval. The vote came on the final day of the...
03/21/14 02:26 PM
CHICAGO — For uninsured people, the nation's new health care law may offer an escape from worry about unexpected, astronomical medical bills. But for Stephanie Payne of St. Louis, who already had good insurance, the law could offer another kind of escape: the chance to quit her job. At 62,...
03/21/14 02:23 PM
BOSTON — Efforts to raise the state's minimum wage have hit a snag. On Thursday, a House committee had been expected to formally unveil a bill that would increase the hourly wage from $8 to $10.50 over three years while overhauling the state's unemployment insurance system. Instead, the...
03/20/14 10:29 AM
The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 320,000, which is close to pre-recession levels and suggests a stable job market. The four-week average of applications, a less volatile figure, fell 3,500 to 327,000, the lowest since late...
03/20/14 10:27 AM
New Labor Department figures show the unemployment rate for working-age veterans who served on active duty in the U.S. armed forces since September 2001 edged down slightly in 2013, to 9.0 percent. But Thursday's report also found that the rate remained well above the overall civilian...
By Sean Lengell | 03/19/14 03:12 PM
State officials say a Senate proposal to restore unemployment insurance benefits to more than 2 million long-term jobless would do more harm than good, warning that some states may ignore the legislation if it's passed into law. The National Association of State Workforce Agencies, in a letter...
03/19/14 09:09 AM
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — An effort to allow qualified Florida students to pay in-state college tuition rates even if they are in the country illegally is deeply dividing the Republican-controlled Legislature. A Senate committee on Tuesday barely approved the legislation (SB 1400) after four GOP...
03/19/14 09:02 AM
BOSTON — Massachusetts joined several other states Tuesday in moving to preserve food assistance benefits for households that would otherwise be reduced under a recently approved federal farm bill. The actions by the states recently prompted U.S. House Speaker John Boehner to accuse state...
03/19/14 08:56 AM
MADISON, Wis. — Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said Tuesday that the state should not have expanded the private school voucher program statewide or created a new private school tax deduction. Calling the tax breaks and voucher spending "a new entitlement program that...
By Steven DuBois | 03/18/14 08:43 AM
Nothing sparks consumer demand like the word "free," and politicians in some states have proposed the idea of providing that incentive to get young people to attend community college.
By Stephen Singer | 03/18/14 08:40 AM
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy struck back Monday against U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, saying it was reprehensible to accuse Connecticut and other states of cheating the federal food stamp program by approving nominal increases in home heating assistance.
By Kera Wanielista | 03/18/14 08:37 AM
The welding shop in Skagit Valley College's Reeves Hall is a far cry from the prison cell Kevin Riley spent about five years in until his January 2012 release. Now, Riley is on the cusp of getting his associate's degree in welding technology, with other certifications to boot.
By Thomas Sowell | 03/17/14 03:00 PM
Professor Amy Chua of the Yale law school is better known as a "Tiger Mom" because of her take-no-prisoners tough love approach to raising children. She and her husband Jed Rubenfeld (a fellow Yale law professor) have written what may turn out to be the best book of this year.
By Associated Press | 03/17/14 09:14 AM
An Oscar-winning actor and the head of a national relief agency are scheduled to visit Arkansas on Monday to talk about the importance of breakfast among school children whose hunger distracts them while they are also trying to learn.
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