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Connecticut is 1st state to make all prison phone calls free

Jun. 18, 2021 22:21 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Connecticut became the first state this week to make all prison phone calls free, addressing one of the biggest emotional and financial burdens faced by incarcerated men and women and their families as they try to stay in touch. The state...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jun. 18, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

Rutland Herald. June 14, 2021. Editorial: First in the nation Congratulations, Vermont. We did it. We moved the needle back to “normal.” First in the nation to do so. Four hundred fifty nine days since the state of emergency...

Whitmer proposes use of $1.4B in federal child care aid

Jun. 14, 2021 16:48 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday outlined how Michigan should spend more than $1.1 billion allotted for child care under the most recent federal coronavirus rescue, proposing to make it more affordable and to give workers $500 retention bonuses every three months. ...

Pandemic relapse spells trouble for India's middle class

Jun. 12, 2021 02:54 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — Ram Babu moved from his village to the Indian capital New Delhi in 1980, to clean cars. Soon, he learned to drive and got a job as a tour bus driver. Decades later, he set up his own company, Madhubani Tours and Travels. In March 2020, a stringent...

New Mexico congresswoman joins Biden's pre-K investment push

Jun. 11, 2021 21:08 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Congresswoman Teresa Leger Fernández told a crowd of educators and parents on Friday that she wants federal help to cap child care costs and raise pay for child care workers. The Democrat toured a pre-K Santa Fe school in her home...

Harris touts child care funding and payments to families

Jun. 11, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

Vice President Kamala Harris highlighted the Biden administration's efforts to expand child care and relieve the financial pressures of parenthood during a visit to a child care center on Friday. Harris is discussing new guidance on $15 billion in grants to support child...

Dreams of Hazara children snuffed out in attack on school

Jun. 11, 2021 11:09 AM EDT

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — For the past four years, since she was 14, the notebook was always within her reach. Shukria Ahmadi titled it “Beautiful Sentences” and put everything in it. Poetry that she liked — sometimes a single line, sometimes long verses. Her drawings, like one of a...

As children return to classrooms, stores expect strong sales

Jun. 10, 2021 10:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As more children go back to the physical classroom and families look to restart their lives, back-to-school spending this year could top pre-pandemic levels, according to one key spending measure. Mastercard SpendingPulse, which tracks spending across...

Taxes fall, child care debated in Ohio Senate budget plan

Jun. 08, 2021 17:29 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohioans would receive an across-the-board personal income tax cut of 5%, charter schools would be paid directly by the state — not individual districts — for the first time, and eligibility for low-income Ohioans seeking publicly funded day care would be expanded,...

Guatemalan lives upturned by failed immigration bids

Jun. 03, 2021 00:10 AM EDT

TIZAMARTE, Guatemala (AP) — Alvina Jerónimo Pérez tries to avoid going out. She doesn't want to see neighbors. She's even changed the chip in her cellphone since her failed journey to the United States. The 42-year-old woman is fearful her unsuccessful migration could...