Jennifer Ludden Jennifer Ludden is an energy and environment editor for NPR.

In Wake Of Recession, Immigrant Births Plunge

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As more teens get mobile devices, parents are using apps to track their every tweet and post. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Parent Over Shoulder: Apps Help Mom Snoop Online, But Should She?

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Immigration Reform High On Democrats' To-Do List

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Onether Lowery, 80, (standing) is a home health aide for Rosalie Lewis, 86. As a whole, the aides are largely female and far older than women in the general workforce. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Home Health Aides Often As Old As Their Clients

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Home health aide trainees Marisol Maldonaldo (center) and Nancy Brown (right), shown here with assistant instructor Miguelina Sosa, are studying to join one of the nation's fastest growing yet also worst paid sectors of the workforce. Jennifer Ludden/NPR hide caption

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Home Health Aides: In Demand, Yet Paid Little

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Former South Carolina Republican Rep. Bob Inglis now runs the Energy and Enterprise Initiative. /Energy and Enterprise Initiative hide caption

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New Groups Make A Conservative Argument On Climate Change

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New census figures showing a link between single motherhood and poverty have some analysts touting marriage as a means to curb poverty. But others say it's not so simple. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Can Marriage Save Single Mothers From Poverty?

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Helping Foster Kids Even After Adoption

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Mike Cannata with 2-year-old Bella. Mike and his wife, Barb, brought Bella home from Bulgaria this past spring after spending five years attempting to adopt. Marisa Penaloza/NPR hide caption

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Would-Be Parents Wait As Foreign Adoptions Plunge

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Some young adults say their student loan debt affects their dating and marriage potential. A few have had partners break up with them over debt, while other couples forge ahead, but keep finances separate and avoid legal marriage. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Call Me Maybe When Your School Loan Is Paid In Full

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Michelle Holshue racked up $140,000 in student loan debt while training to become a public health nurse. She's living her dream of helping others, she says, but never expected it "to be so hard." Emily Bogle/NPR hide caption

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Buried In Debt, Young People Find Dreams Elusive

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Brian Tessier, who adopted two children as a single father, with son Ben. Tessier has started a hotline for prospective single dads. Erika Hart/Courtesy of Brian Tessier hide caption

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Single Dads By Choice: More Men Going It Alone

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Family Equality Council Executive Director Jennifer Chrisler (left), her partner Cheryl Jacques and their sons Tom and Tim Jacques visited Washington on Thursday to ask Congress for equal rights for same-sex families. Sean Carlson/Family Equality Council hide caption

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Same-Sex Parents Lobby Congress For Equal Rights

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Graduates of the University of Alabama's class of 2011. The economic downturn has hit recent college grads hard. New data show only half of those who graduated from 2006 to 2011 are working full time. Butch Dill/AP hide caption

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College Grads Struggle To Gain Financial Footing

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Many working mothers say their employers don't support them when they need to tend to a sick child. In this file photo, a single mother holds her child at a health clinic in Colorado. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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Working Moms' Challenges: Paid Leave, Child Care

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