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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

This Can’t Happen By Accident

For generations, African Americans have faced unique barriers to owning a home — and enjoying the wealth it brings. In Atlanta, where predominantly black neighborhoods are still waiting for the recovery, the link between race and real estate fortune is stark. Continue reading.

Gov. Terry McAuliffe of Virginia used his executive power on Friday to restore voting rights to more than 200,000 convicted felons, circumventing the Republican-run legislature. The action effectively overturns a Civil War-era provision in the state’s Constitution aimed, he said, at disenfranchising African-Americans. Continue reading.

The Obama administration released a new set of rules last week for managed care plans under Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The document, clocking in at 1,425 pages, mostly strengthens and modernizes existing rules. But there are some sweeping changes. Continue reading.

Four criminal justice measures designed to slow the growth of Oklahoma's prison population have been signed into law by Gov. Mary Fallin. Continue reading.

Thousands of Iowa felons will have an easier time applying to win back their voting rights after changes to the application form were announced Wednesday. Continue reading.

The Colorado Supreme Court ruled Monday that municipalities can’t bar hydraulic fracturing, a long awaited decision in a legal battle that has rippled across this energy rich state. Continue reading.

Nebraska is desperate to stop the runaway growth of its prison population, but doing so depends a lot on people like Ronald Tillman.  Tillman, 54, a paroled drug dealer who suffers from bipolar disease and a debilitating back injury, has lived since his 2013 release solely on his monthly $733 disability check. When his food runs short, he faces a choice that has costly implications for the state- if he gets caught. Continue reading.

Older black women with an aggressive type of breast cancer are less likely than white women to receive a targeted medicine designed to attack the tumors, a U.S. study suggests.  Researchers focused on a type of breast cancer that affects roughly one in four patients with these malignancies. Continue reading.

States and cities want to support women- and minority-owned businesses. But they often don’t know who they’re really paying.  Margie Sollinger knew something wasn’t right about the companies doing business with Portland, Ore. As the city’s ombudsman, Sollinger had for some time been hearing from business owners about fraud in the city’s minority- and women-owned contracting program. Continue reading.

Fringe financial services is the label sometimes applied to payday lending and its close cousins, like installment lending and auto-title lending—services that provide quick cash to credit-strapped borrowers. It’s a euphemism, sure, but one that seems to aptly convey the dubiousness of the activity and the location of the customer outside the mainstream of American life. Continue reading.

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