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Families, businesses optimistic with vaccine for 5- to 11-year-olds near

Sep 20, 2021
Parents dream of vacation, restaurants, ballet lessons — and mom finally being able to work.
A boy receives his first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine this month. On Monday, Pfizer announced that a smaller dose of its vaccine is safe and effective for children ages 5 to 11.
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Some school districts are having a hard time finding substitute teachers

Sep 20, 2021
Substitutes are in high demand, but even the lure of increased pay and other incentives aren't enough in some places to get teachers into classrooms.
Amid rising COVID-19 cases in some areas, school districts are struggling to fill substitute teacher positions.
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Some low-income families may not be receiving child tax credit money

Sep 17, 2021
By one estimate, some 4 million children and their families may be missing out on the payments.
A student carries home free bagged meals as part of Stamford, Connecticut's COVID response in March 2020. Funds from the child tax credit may not be making it to low-income families, a new study shows.
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Unique labor conditions spur people to seek health insurance

Sep 16, 2021
The Biden administration says nearly 3 million people signed up during the extended ACA enrollment period.
Pedestrians walk past a Miami that offers plans under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. ACA enrollment is at an all-time high, according to the Biden administration.
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Could rental history for loan applicants help boost home ownership?

Sep 15, 2021
Fannie Mae says including loan applicant's rental payment history could help correct past housing inequities.
A house for sale in South Pasadena, California, in April.
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How have pandemic relief programs helped people facing financial insecurity?

Sep 14, 2021
Early data from Columbia University’s Center on Poverty and Social Policy show child poverty dropped after the first child tax credit payment in July.
Democrats want to keep pandemic relief programs like the child tax credit going.
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USDA report shows pandemic relief helped hungry families

Sep 9, 2021
SNAP and other safety-net programs buoyed many households, though the pandemic made it harder for families with kids, especially, to access help.
New Yorkers in need receive free produce, dry goods and meat at a Food Bank for New York City distribution event in Brooklyn in July 2020.
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Investment in solar power key to Biden's green energy goals

Sep 9, 2021
A Department of Energy study out today shows that the U.S. has the potential to power 40% of its electricity needs with solar power.
The 100-megawatt MGM Resorts Mega Solar Array is launched on June 28, 2021 in Dry Lake Valley, Nevada.
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How did aluminum get so expensive?

Sep 7, 2021
The 10-year high in prices is due to unrest in Guinea, where a key component is mined, and the surge in demand for the green economy.
Stacks of empty aluminum cans sit on a pallet Devil's Canyon Brewery in California. The price of aluminum reached a 10-year high this week.
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Construction industry still hammered by supply chain issues

Sep 7, 2021
At the root of many of construction sector woes is the spread of the delta variant.
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