April 20, 2009 Award-winning actress Alfre Woodard stars in American Violet, a new film based on the story of Regina Kelly of Hearne, Texas. Kelly, a single mother of four, was unjustly accused of dealing drugs. Woodard talks about her role and the film's importance.
April 15, 2009 Children living in immigrant families are more likely to be poor than those whose parents were born in the U.S., but these same children are far less likely to receive public benefits to which they are entitled. Advocacy groups are now trying to help these families navigate the registration process.
March 11, 2009 Two Democratic lawmakers introduced legislation Tuesday that has stirred up a firestorm of debate between business interests and labor groups. The Employee Free Choice Act would amend existing labor law. If passed, workers could form a union if the majority of them sign cards requesting one.
February 18, 2009 American pension funds have a much higher percentage of their investments in stocks than pensions in other countries, a new study finds. Consequently, U.S. pension funds allocated far smaller percentages to less-risky bonds or other fixed-income investments.
January 28, 2009 Though the country is in the midst of a financial crisis, it's still possible to buy a house with no money down. Relatively small but growing numbers of Americans are turning to an obscure home loan program backed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
December 16, 2008 From barbers to bartenders, people who work for tips may find themselves with empty pockets during this economic downturn. Is it OK to leave smaller tips in a recession? And if you rely on gratuities, are you earning less for the same service?
November 27, 2008 Half of all poor people seeking help to stave off foreclosures "are being turned away at the door," an official with the National Legal Aid & Defender Association estimates. The programs, which offer free or low-cost counsel, don't have enough staff to meet demand.
October 31, 2008 With workers losing jobs or scrambling to retain them, pressures intensify at home, too. What do the presidential nominees propose to ease Americans' work-family tensions? Sizable differences separate the two on issues such as family leave, sick time and child care.