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Human Welfare

Casper psych hospital to take Cheyenne juveniles

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Laramie County juveniles in need of court-ordered inpatient mental health care can be transferred to the Wyoming Behavioral Institute in Casper.

October 20, 2014 9:40 amLoading…

Jail overcrowding spreads across North Dakota

MINOT, N.D. — Jail overcrowding has spread beyond the Bakken.

October 20, 2014 6:00 amLoading…

Bakken gets $1.4 million to curb domestic violence

WASHINGTON — Efforts to stop domestic violence and violence against women in the fast-growing Bakken oil patch are getting some federal help.

September 22, 2014 6:00 pmLoading…

Montana poverty rate and median income up

HELENA — While Montana's median income rose last year, the poverty rate also increased.

September 18, 2014 6:50 amLoading…

David Nicklaus: Frustration in Ferguson has deep economic roots

It was the middle-class suburb of Ferguson that boiled over last week, but to the rest of the world this was a St. Louis crisis.

August 21, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Great Society bifurcates LBJ legacy

WASHINGTON — Standing on his presidential limousine, Lyndon Johnson, campaigning in Providence, R.I., in September 1964, bellowed through a bullhorn: “We’re in favor of a lot of things and we’re against mighty few.” This was a synopsis of what he had said four months earlier.

May 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Wyoming Guard program transforms teenagers

RAWLINS, Wyo. — Their motto is simple — courage to change.

March 30, 2014 1:49 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: The way to end homelessness is to prevent it in the first place

Lourdes was 69 years old when I first met her in 2012. She was living next to a bus stop on a busy four-lane street in front of a supermarket.

March 25, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: America's future hinges on fearsome mega-trends

WASHINGTON — Just why is American politics so dysfunctional?

March 05, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Expanded EITC would do more for poor than minimum wage hike

WASHINGTON — The great virtue of the Congressional Budget Office's recent report on the minimum wage is that it injects a much-needed dose of reality into the debate over job creation. The Obama administration and its congressional allies have taken the position that raising the minimum wage…

February 26, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
5 siblings reconnect; 2 crossed paths at Wal-Mart

5 siblings reconnect; 2 crossed paths at Wal-Mart

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The lives of five brothers and sisters born in North Dakota who were separately adopted at infancy took the twists and turns that 50 years bring. Some moved to different states; some married; some had children. But none of them ever knew the others existed.

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Robert J. Samuelson: Minimum-wage goal may be a mirage

WASHINGTON — This minimum wage business is tricky. On its face, raising the minimum seems an easy way to fight poverty. Just pay low-wage workers more. After all, some scholarly research finds that, within reasonable limits, there’s no job penalty. A higher minimum doesn’t reduce employment …

January 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: How we won and lost the War on Poverty

WASHINGTON — We are awash in retrospectives of the “War on Poverty,” launched 50 years ago this month by Lyndon Johnson. A furious debate has developed between those (mostly liberals) who consider the war an important, if incomplete, triumph and those (mostly conservatives) who judge it a wa…

January 17, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: War on Poverty not a lost cause

Jan. 8 marked the 50th anniversary of legislation launching America’s War on Poverty. The story of that war is often told with a sort of reverse Hollywood ending: oversimplified and wrapped up neatly as a failure. No one can claim that the war on poverty has been won, but the failure narrati…

January 09, 2014 6:09 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Honor the legacy of my father, Christopher Reeve

My father, actor Christopher Reeve, loved to travel, even after he was paralyzed from a severe spinal cord injury. During trips to places in the United States and abroad, he spoke with many people who, like him, had to find ways to navigate daily life while living with paralysis. These conve…

December 15, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: America's recurring minimum-wage muddle

WASHINGTON — We’re now engaged in another divisive debate over the minimum wage and its offspring, the “living wage.” We’ve been here before, because both sides seem to have strong arguments.

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Medical pot looks to 'color inside the lines'

Medical pot looks to 'color inside the lines'

HELENA — Medical marijuana businesses worried that federal agents will close them down now have a roadmap to avoid prosecution, courtesy of the Justice Department's decision to allow legal pot in Colorado and Washington state.

September 04, 2013 5:00 pmLoading…

Guest opinion: Law unfair to employers, young and healthy

WASHINGTON — It should come as no surprise when employers and young adults decide not to join in the Obamacare parade — despite the lofty promises made by the president and supporters in Congress.

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Guest opinion: Paid family leave would let dads take time to be dads

“Take Time to Be a Dad Today!” exhorts a nationwide public service announcement promoting fathers’ involvement with their children. But if the U.S. government really wants to promote fathers’ involvement, it should adopt a proven policy: paid family leave.

June 20, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: We’ve entered the twilight of the entitlement mindset in America

WASHINGTON — We are passing through something more than a period of disappointing economic growth and increasing political polarization. What's happening is more powerful: the collapse of "entitlement."

May 02, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

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