- Local free community college plans may be template for US Updated: Nov-27-15 12:35 pm
CHICAGO - An economic engine. A jumpstart for lower-income students. A partnership with businesses to groom a workforce. The idea of free community college has been touted as all these, by President Barack Obama, Democratic presidential candidates, and some Republicans.
- Missouri regains library science program accreditation Updated: Nov-27-15 8:34 am
COLUMBIA, Missouri - A library science program at the University of Missouri has regained accreditation.
- Clark County leaders commit to helping veterans Updated: Nov-27-15 5:05 am
JEFFERSONVILLE, Indiana - United States Marine Corps Sgt. Will King was sitting in the Clark County jail when he first heard about the Veterans Court program in Floyd County.
- Feeling the pinch of Indiana's new food stamp rules Updated: Nov-27-15 5:01 am
MISHAWAKA, Indiana - After more than three years in jail, Bonita Richards works at temp jobs, piecing together 20 hours of work each week at various factories.
- Groups try to build support for state school choice program Updated: Nov-27-15 2:05 am
LAS VEGAS - As lawyers duke it out over the constitutionality of Nevada's landmark education savings account program and state officials iron out much-needed regulations, a major question facing ESAs has been who will do the work of building the robust public support the program needs to be successful in the long term.
- Judge recommends Iowa throw out 1of 4 Medicaid contracts Updated: Nov-26-15 1:39 pm
DES MOINES, Iowa - An administrative law judge has recommended that the state of Iowa throw out one of four contracts awarded to private companies set to take over the state's Medicaid program in January, a move that challenges whether plans to switch oversight can remain on schedule.
- Troopers on food stamps, taking second jobs amid pay fight Updated: Nov-26-15 1:10 pm
RALEIGH, North Carolina - State troopers suing North Carolina for millions of dollars in back pay say the state's broken promises have forced them into tough spots: working second jobs, moving in with parents, even going on food stamps.
- Limited Medicaid screening program falls far short of goals Updated: Nov-26-15 10:40 am
COLUMBIA, South Carolina - Fewer South Carolinians than expected have enrolled in a limited benefits program for poor residents who fall in an insurance gap, and only a tiny portion of them are getting the free medical screenings it provides, according to the state's Medicaid agency.
- Projects stall after feds allow fish farming in open ocean Updated: Nov-26-15 10:24 am
SAN DIEGO - Some 90 percent of seafood consumed by Americans is imported - a fact that the Obama administration vowed to start turning around by expanding fish and shellfish farms into federal waters.
- New Polish defense minister casts doubt on purchase plans Updated: Nov-26-15 9:27 am
WARSAW, Poland - Poland's new defense minister says the country may back out of plans to purchase French military helicopters and a U.S. Patriot missile system.
- New Mexico AG: Budget not keeping pace with crime growth Updated: Nov-25-15 4:43 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - New Mexico faces a public safety crisis and needs resources to respond to everything from police officer shootings to consumer fraud, state Attorney General Hector Balderas said.
- Feds: Georgia must process food stamps for Syrian refugees Updated: Nov-25-15 4:26 pm
ATLANTA - Federal officials are ordering Georgia to process food stamp applications for Syrian refugees.
- Former health official enters plea in Medicaid fraud case Updated: Nov-25-15 3:49 pm
MASON, Michigan - The former head of a Calhoun County mental health organization faces up to 17 months in prison and will pay more than $1 million as part of a plea deal in a fraud case.
- Illinois makes tax break deals with 3 companies Updated: Nov-25-15 3:03 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois - The Illinois Department of Commerce has agreed to tax breaks for three small companies that plan to add a total of 87 new jobs, the first deals since Gov. Bruce Rauner's recent decision to reinstate corporate tax incentives.
- State delays change Medicaid coverage of back pain treatment Updated: Nov-25-15 2:42 pm
BEND, Oregon - The Oregon Health Authority is delaying the rollout of changes to the state's Medicaid program that would allow patients to seek alternatives to painkillers and surgery to cope with back pain.
- Gov. Matt Mead not ready for tax increases despite coal drop Updated: Nov-25-15 1:45 pm
CHEYENNE, Wyoming - Gov. Matt Mead says he's not ready to support other tax increases to cover what state analysts say will likely be a steep decline in coal revenues over coming years.
- Kentucky wins $2.65 million for Medicaid in settlement Updated: Nov-25-15 12:58 pm
FRANKFORT, Kentucky - Kentucky has recovered $2.65 million from a San Diego-based urine drug testing company for fraudulently billing the state's Medicaid program.
- Husband, wife indicted for Medicaid fraud Updated: Nov-25-15 6:43 am
JACKSON, Mississippi - A husband and wife have been arrested after being indicted on two counts each of felonious identity theft and two counts each of felonious Medicaid fraud.
- A game plan: More hunters donating meat to the hungry Updated: Nov-25-15 12:47 am
PORTLAND, Maine - The amount of meat being donated by hunters to a Maine program that provides food to charity groups and hungry families has grown exponentially in recent years.
- Officials: Psychiatric hospital has made progress on safety Updated: Nov-24-15 7:43 pm
SEATTLE - State officials said Tuesday that federal officials are satisfied with the progress made at Washington state's largest psychiatric hospital, which had been at risk of losing millions of dollars in federal funding later this week over concerns about patient safety.
- Arkansas health task force nearing recommendations Updated: Nov-24-15 7:22 pm
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas - A legislative task force looking at the future of Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid program is nearing a deadline for recommendations.
- Decades later, Pennsylvania city no longer 'distressed' Updated: Nov-24-15 4:21 pm
CLAIRTON, Pennsylvania - A southwestern Pennsylvania city that spent nearly 28 years in a state program for financially distressed municipalities is finally leaving it.
- Medicaid expansion timeline under Edwards may be slowed Updated: Nov-24-15 1:53 pm
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - While he pledged to expand Louisiana's Medicaid program on "day one" in office, Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards is finding out that might be trickier than he thought.
- Former state worker pleads guilty in food stamp fraud case Updated: Nov-24-15 11:52 am
ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico - A former New Mexico Human Services Department worker has pleaded guilty to defrauding the federal food stamp program.
- Florida Gov. Scott's budget: Tax cuts, more for schools Updated: Nov-23-15 8:22 pm
JACKSONVILLE, Florida - Florida Gov. Rick Scott, surrounded by rows of machines and dozens of manufacturing employees, on Monday announced a nearly $79.3 billion spending plan for the coming year that is heavy on tax cuts and help for businesses.