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Entries by Janell Ross from 02/2012

Bus, Train Ads Roll To The Rescue Of Ailing Local Transit Budgets

Posted 02.08.2012 | Business

Faced with the clashing imperatives of protecting public health and preserving the fiscal well-being of public transportation, Boston transit official...

Mortgage Settlement Leaves Some Foreclosure Victims Wanting

Posted 02.09.2012 | Business

On September 25, 2010, Monica and Ricardo Zapata should have been out celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary, or enjoying a candlelight dinner in...

In Sacramento, Budget Cuts Leave Homeless Without Bathrooms, Water Overnight

Posted 02.13.2012 | Business

Faced with a $200 million deficit accumulated over the past five years, Sacramento, Calif., like many other struggling municipalities, is severely cut...

Jefferson County, While Bankrupt, Relies On 'Volunteer' Staffers For Election

Posted 02.15.2012 | Business

In bankrupt Jefferson County, Ala., the financial situation has grown so grim that the county does not have the money to hire enough elections divisio...

Cleveland To Use National Mortgage Settlement Money To Demolish Homes, Still Wants Banks To Pay

Posted 02.19.2012 | Business

Funds meant to help struggling families in Cleveland are instead being used to knock down vacant and dilapidated homes left in the wake of the foreclo...

Cancer Screening Budget Cuts May Prove Deadly for Some Women

Posted 02.20.2012 | Business

Government budget cuts may prove deadly for low-income women who are increasingly unable to get critical cancer screenings that once were offered free...

Michigan Welfare Cuts Forcing People Back To Work Or Straining Safety Net?

Posted 02.26.2012 | Business

Last week, while working on a documentary about hunger in Michigan, Russ Russell had an experience that left him speechless. “I was visiting with...

In South Carolina, Bank Of America Takes A Piece Of State Income Tax Returns

Posted 02.28.2012 | Business

This year South Carolina income tax refunds will arrive on prepaid debit cards unless taxpayers specifically opt for a check or direct deposit. The...

Detroit Bus Service Is Cut At Nighttime, While Private Contractor Is In Line For Bonus

Posted 02.29.2012 | Business

Detroit's beleaguered bus riders already have little love for the Motor City's transit system. Now service is about to get worse. Beginning Saturd...