Latest Human welfare News

Rhode Island nonprofits awarded $2M to help the homeless

Jan. 23, 2022 10:33 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed announced that $2 million in federal funding is available to help Rhode Island charitable organizations assist people experiencing homelessness this winter. Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat, made the announcement about the new Emergency Food...

Windsor officials don't like idea of temporary youth center

Jan. 23, 2022 10:32 AM EST

WINDSOR, Vt. (AP) — A bill in the Vermont Legislature would use part of the shuttered Southeast State Correctional facility to temporarily house at-risk youth after the closing of the state's only youth detention center. The former prison has been idle for several years but the...

SC senator to get medical marijuana debate after 7 years

Jan. 23, 2022 09:48 AM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina senator who has fought to allow medical marijuana in the state for seven years appears to finally be getting a debate on the Senate floor. Senators put Sen. Tom Davis' medical marijuana bill in a special debate slot where they will have to...

Migrants at Hungary border become part of election campaign

Jan. 23, 2022 02:43 AM EST

MAJDAN, Serbia (AP) — A group of migrants huddles beside a small, smoky fire inside an abandoned building in northern Serbia, the last moments of warmth before they set out into the driving snow toward the razor wire, cameras and sensors of Hungary's electrified border fence. A few...

Illinois group knits, crochets, sews, quilts for charities

Jan. 23, 2022 01:08 AM EST

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. (AP) — In front of the TV. In waiting rooms. On planes. A group of women in Lake County has spent countless hours knitting, crocheting and, more recently, sewing and quilting to make thousands of handmade items -- hat, scarves, blankets,...

Witnesses: Extremists abduct 17 girls in northeast Nigeria

Jan. 22, 2022 13:19 PM EST

ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) — Islamic extremists have abducted 17 girls in northeast Nigeria, witnesses said Saturday as the West African nation’s military said it “remains resolute in decisively countering the terrorists.” Members of the Boko Haram jihadi group attacked Pemi, a...

Bus used in Milwaukee homeless outreach destroyed in arson

Jan. 22, 2022 12:32 PM EST

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A bus used by a Milwaukee homeless outreach organization to distribute food, clothes and other resources has been destroyed in an arson. Vicky Cordani, vice president of the Street Angels board of directors, told the Journal Sentinel Friday the bus was stocked...

Sheriff agrees to improve jail conditions to settle lawsuit

Jan. 22, 2022 11:53 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia sheriff has agreed to improve jail conditions for women with serious mental illness to settle a lawsuit alleging that prolonged solitary confinement and unsanitary conditions risked causing them serious psychological harm. Lawyers who visited the South...

Flags lowered to honor slain Illinois child welfare worker

Jan. 22, 2022 09:44 AM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Flags at Illinois state office buildings were lowered for three days to honor a child welfare worker who was stabbed to death this month. Gov. J.B. Pritzker ordered that U.S. and Illinois flags be set at half-staff beginning at sunrise Thursday in honor...

Analysis: Hundreds supported independent redistricting

Jan. 22, 2022 08:02 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — “It provides accountability to the redistricting process.” “We need representation that understands the diversity of this area.” “As a voter in a rural area I’m entirely uncomfortable with my vote being used to dilute the power of...