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Editorial Roundup: New England

Jan. 14, 2022 17:16 PM EST

Boston Globe. January 12, 2022. Editorial: Qualified progress on qualified immunity State commission recommends some worthy reforms, but punts on larger question of whether to change controversial rule that shields police officers from legal liability for abuse. ...

Goodbye 'godsend': Expiration of child tax credits hits home

Jan. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — For the first time in half a year, families on Friday are going without a monthly deposit from the child tax credit — a program that was intended to be part of President Joe Biden's legacy but has emerged instead as a flash point over who is worthy of government...

Child care officials say they are facing a staffing crisis

Jan. 10, 2022 16:02 PM EST

Connecticut child care providers said Monday the state needs additional federal resources to help address the industry's longstanding staffing challenges, which have been exacerbated by the uptick in COVID-19 cases and the overall labor shortage. David Morgan, president and CEO of...

Parents selling children shows desperation of Afghanistan

Dec. 31, 2021 14:26 PM EST

SHEDAI CAMP, Afghanistan (AP) — In a sprawling settlement of mud brick huts in western Afghanistan housing people displaced by drought and war, a woman is fighting to save her daughter. Aziz Gul’s husband sold their 10-year-old into marriage without telling his wife, taking a...

Louisiana widening Medicaid to cover more disabled children

Dec. 30, 2021 11:38 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana will expand its Medicaid program in January to provide coverage to more children with developmental disabilities whose parents made too much money to qualify for the taxpayer-financed insurance under prior eligibility rules. Federal officials...

For states with cold winters: More aid but also rising costs

Dec. 30, 2021 08:15 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Raymond Archer was on the verge of losing his home during the cold Maine winter last year when government assistance came to the rescue, and he's prepared for this season to be even more difficult. Archer, a 50-year-old construction worker who was out of work...

Santa Monica offers housing to families displaced by highway

Dec. 26, 2021 16:04 PM EST

SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — The city of Santa Monica will offer affordable housing to Black families forced out during freeway construction and other urban renewal projects of the 1950s, according to a newspaper report Sunday. Some 600 families lost their homes when Interstate 10...

Twins a mixed blessing for some West African parents

Dec. 26, 2021 09:31 AM EST

OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — In her dreams, Eveline Zagre believes her two sets of twins share premonitions and make demands of her -- buy a chicken, beg for money. “Their spirits will enter your dreams and let you know what they want and then you have to get it for them,”...

Iowa boy finds $100, spends it to buy gifts for needy kids

Dec. 25, 2021 10:18 AM EST

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — A northern Iowa sixth-grader could have enjoyed a windfall after finding a $100 bill, but instead, he decided to use the money to buy Christmas gifts for needy kinds. The Mason City Globe Gazette reports that Jacob Boller of Clear Lake was on his way home...

Needy Mississippi families to receive $1,000 for holidays

Dec. 22, 2021 14:49 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi families in need are receiving a financial bump to help them get through the holiday season. More than 1,500 low-income Mississippi families are set to receive a one-time sum of $1,000 administered by the Mississippi Department of Human Services,...