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Mississippi passes quicker pregnancy Medicaid coverage to try to reduce deaths of moms and babies

Feb. 29, 2024 16:03 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Legislature is sending a bill to the governor that will allow women with low incomes to get Medicaid coverage earlier in pregnancy, in an effort to improve health outcomes for mothers and babies in a state with abysmal rates of maternal and infant mortality. ...

Maryland Gov. Wes Moore lays out plan to fight child poverty

Feb. 28, 2024 17:09 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore presented legislation he's championing to address child poverty to state lawmakers on Wednesday, laying out a locally focused plan to attack the root causes of concentrated poverty statewide. Moore, who served as the CEO of one of the...

South Africa's ANC launches election manifesto as president highlights party's achievements

Feb. 24, 2024 17:30 PM EST

DURBAN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday highlighted the achievements of his African National Congress, which has ruled the country for all of its 30 years of democrac y, as it heads into a tight race in May's election. Ramaphosa delivered...

Argentina's poverty levels hit 57% of population, a 20-year high in January, study finds

Feb. 19, 2024 21:54 PM EST

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Poverty levels skyrocketed to 57.4% of Argentina's 46 million people in January, the highest rate in 20 years, according to a study by the Catholic University of Argentina. The findings quickly unleashed accusations between Argentina’s former Vice...

Foreign aid drops sharply as Taliban abuses jeopardize the Afghan health system, group says

Feb. 12, 2024 08:56 AM EST

ISLAMABAD (AP) — Human Rights Watch said Monday that Afghanistan’s public health system has been hit hard following a sharp reduction in foreign assistance, coupled with serious Taliban abuses against women and girls, jeopardizing the right to healthcare of millions of Afghans. ...

Maryland's Gov. Moore says state has been 'leaving too much potential on the table' in speech

Feb. 07, 2024 15:19 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Wes Moore said during his second State of the State speech Wednesday that Maryland has boundless opportunities but is “leaving too much potential on the table” as he charts a course forward through challenging times that includes a long-term plan for governing. ...

Georgia Republicans push requiring cash bail for 30 new crimes, despite concerns about poverty

Feb. 06, 2024 16:37 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A bill to require cash bail for 30 additional crimes is headed to Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp's desk after the House gave it final approval. The GOP-dominated House voted 97-69 for Senate Bill 63 on Monday, backing a measure that would erodes changes that Republican Gov....

New California Senate leader says his priorities are climate change, homelessness and opioid crises

Feb. 03, 2024 00:44 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — When California Sen. Mike McGuire takes over as leader of the state Senate on Monday, it will be the first time in decades that the state’s top two legislative leaders aren’t from a major urban center. But McGuire says the issues that most afflict...

How Dominican women fight child marriage and teen pregnancy while facing total abortion bans

Jan. 26, 2024 19:40 PM EST

AZUA, Dominican Republic (AP) — It was a busy Saturday morning at Marcia González’s church. A bishop was visiting, and normally she would have been there helping with logistics, but on this day she was teaching sex education at a local school. “I coordinate activities at the...

Japan is rich, but many of its children are poor; a film documents the plight of single mothers

Jan. 24, 2024 21:38 PM EST

TOKYO (AP) — The women work hard, sleeping only a few hours a night, as they juggle the demands of caring for their children and doing housework — all while suffering from poverty. The award-winning independent documentary film “The Ones Left Behind,” released last year,...