Category Archives: PR

Executive Action Benefits Immigrants in the Short Term While Their Long-Term Prospects Remain Uncertain

Mayra Rangel has been living in the United States for nearly two decades, having entered the country illegally from Mexico when she was 16. She worked in the fields in California picking fruit, but dreamed of going to college to study accounting. She even started working on a degree she that ultimately had to drop because of her lack of documentation.    But even when President Barack Obama offered a reprieve to a group of unauthorized immigrants in 2012, known as DREAMERS, Rangel did not meet the criteria: she was too old by the program’s standards. Continue reading

$139M deal reached in school molestation case

By BRIAN MELLEY, Associated Press LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Unified School District will pay $139 million to end all remaining litigation involving an elementary school teacher convicted of committing numerous counts of lewd conduct against his students, according to the settlement announced Friday. The deal involving 81 students puts a legal end to the saga that began when Miramonte Elementary School teacher Mark Berndt was arrested in 2012 and accused of blindfolding students and feeding them his semen on cookies. Plaintiff’s lawyers had planned to present evidence suggesting the school district was aware of sexual misconduct by Berndt three decades ago but failed to act until a photo processor at a pharmacy contacted police about film Berndt dropped off that showed pictures of blindfolded children and being fed some substance Continue reading

Arrest in 2007 killing of mom who led double life

By SADIE GURMAN, Associated Press DENVER (AP) — A man arrested in the killing of a Colorado single mom who vanished more than seven years ago was one of the many unsavory clients she had while leading a double life as a paid escort, investigators say. Lester Ralph Jones, 63, was among the last people who called Paige Birgfeld before her 8-year-old daughter reported her missing in June 2007. Authorities on Friday arrested Jones on suspicion of murder, kidnapping and arson Continue reading

Obama’s Immigration Action Still Leaves Health Coverage Gap

President Barack Obama presented his executive actions on immigration reform Thursday to the American public, unveiling a plan expected to protect up to 5 million people in the country illegally from deportation.    “Kids can go to school without worrying that their parents will be deported and not be there when they get home,” says Angel Padilla, a health policy analyst with the National Immigration Law Center.  READ MORE: The Supreme Court to Tackle Subsidy Portion of Obamacare However, the privilege of working legally without the threat of removal by the federal government does not come with all the health care benefits available to American citizens. Under Obama’s plan, newly protected immigrants will not be eligible for public health benefits such as Medicaid, the government’s program for poor or disabled Americans, or Medicare, the government’s health care program for seniors. But immigrants will be paying taxes into those programs.  “These individuals’ eligibility for programs will not change,” Padilla says.  Private health care options, however, are available, and may become more accessible Continue reading

Uncertainty Could Undermine Optimistic Immigration Reform Forecasts

Many economists, including the White House’s own, agree the recent executive action on immigration would be a big boost for the U.S. economy. Not only could unauthorized immigrants benefit from higher or fair pay and more bargaining power, but on the macroeconomic level, the move could boost spending levels, grow the American economy and decrease the deficit Continue reading

Obama seeks support for immigration plan, blasts Boehner

By Steve Holland By Steve Holland LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – President Barack Obama defended his decision to bypass Congress and overhaul U.S. immigration policy on his own on Friday, saying he was forced to act because House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner would not let legislation come to a vote Continue reading

Will Surveillance Reform Get a Second Act?

Surveillance reformers lost this week when the Senate failed to advance the USA Freedom Act aimed at ending the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection. With two of the bill’s key supporters set to leave office in 2015, and with security concerns in the news draining political support for limits on spying, a win in round two is looking less and less likely. Continue reading

Report: Grouse needs 3-mile buffer from drilling

By MATTHEW BROWN, Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A government report with significant implications for the U.S. Continue reading

Baker Hughes to Present at Wells Fargo’s 2014 Energy Symposium

HOUSTON , Nov. 21, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Baker Hughes Incorporated (NYSE: BHI ) announced today that the Company’s Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer, Derek Mathieson , will present at Wells Fargo’s 2014 Energy Symposium on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 , at 1:00 p.m. Continue reading

Hospital’s Fast Response Saves Stroke Victim

LAKEWOOD, Calif. , Nov. 21, 2014 /NEWS.GNOM.ES/ — Paramount resident Alfredo Cuadros knew something was wrong. Continue reading