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Many will lose food stamps this week

As many as 1 million Americans will stop receiving food stamps this year, the consequence of a controversial work mandate that took effect this week in 21 states, including Washington, as the economy improves.The revival of the mandate, which was hotly debated when adopted...

Date: 04/02/2016 | Nation & World


Q&A: Rule changes for food stamps in NW and around country

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Federal rules that took effect this month in many states will require some adult food aid recipients to work if they want to continue receiving federally funded benefits. The requirements generally are kicking in because unemployment rates have fallen.

Date: 01/30/2016 | Northwest


President Obama’s skin looks different in GOP ads

WASHINGTON— A new study shows that negative ads targeting President Obama in 2008 depicted him with very dark skin, and that these images would have appealed to some viewers’ racial biases.

Date: 12/30/2015 | Nation & World


More segregated cities spend less on parks, roads, sewers

Minneapolis-St. Paul is frequently held up as a place that gets right what many other U.S. urban areas get wrong. The housing is affordable. The streets are clean. Unemployment is low, and education rates are high. Even the suburbs there have historically shared their tax wealth with poorer parts...

Date: 10/31/2015 | Nation & World


Demand that officials make streets safe

Kudos to Andy Skotdal for telling it like it truly is in his Aug. 30 letter, "Cure epidemic of social illness." Our All-American City is being overrun with the "recidivist...

Date: 09/04/2015 | Commentary


Paid family leave can offer many benefits

Paid family leave affects our country and our businesses and the personal lives of the parents trying to strive without it. The United States is one of only four nations in the world without a federal entitlement to paid leave for families (out of around 200 nations). So it is obvious...

Date: 06/17/2015 | Commentary


Americans in poverty are a shifting population

Public dependence isn't a permanent condition, although we often talk about people in need of government aid as if they constitute some kind of fixed class — as if welfare recipients have always needed welfare, as if the families on food stamps today are exactly the same ones on...

Date: 05/31/2015 | Nation & World


Kansas limits welfare recipients to $25 at ATMs

WASHINGTON — A first-of-its-kind provision that prevents welfare recipients in Kansas from withdrawing more than $25 a day from an ATM might violate federal law, and could jeopardize the state’s federal funding if not amended.

Date: 05/17/2015 | Nation & World




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