Pam Fessler http://wvxu.org en Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge http://wvxu.org/post/life-after-ice-buckets-als-group-faces-94-million-challenge The ALS <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/08/23/342652065/weekend-host-accepts-ice-bucket-challenge">ice bucket challenge</a> continues to bring in huge donations this summer for efforts to cure and treat what's commonly known as <a href="http://www.alsa.org/about-als/what-is-als.html">Lou Gehrig's disease</a>. As of today, the viral campaign has raised more than $94 million for the ALS Association. Wed, 27 Aug 2014 21:12:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 30925 at http://wvxu.org Life After Ice Buckets: ALS Group Faces $94 Million Challenge On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide? http://wvxu.org/post/fall-docket-who-gets-vote-and-who-gets-decide A federal appeals court in Denver is scheduled to hear arguments Aug. 25 in a dispute over whether Kansas and Arizona can require voters using a federal registration form to show proof of citizenship.<p>It's the first of several significant cases this fall that could determine who gets to vote, and how, in at least six states. The outcomes could also answer a much broader question: Who gets to decide?<p>A national voter registration form was created in the 1990s to make registering to vote easier. The form is short and simple, and can be used to register to vote in just about every state. Mon, 25 Aug 2014 07:28:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 30797 at http://wvxu.org On The Fall Docket: Who Gets To Vote — And Who Gets To Decide? More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries http://wvxu.org/post/more-military-families-are-relying-food-banks-and-pantries Despite the economic recovery, more than 46 million Americans — or 1 in 7 — used a food pantry last year. And a surprisingly high number of those seeking help were households with military members, according to a new survey by Feeding America, which is a network of U.S. Mon, 18 Aug 2014 07:53:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 30538 at http://wvxu.org More Military Families Are Relying On Food Banks And Pantries Trauma Plagues Many Immigrant Kids In U.S. Illegally http://wvxu.org/post/trauma-plagues-many-immigrant-kids-us-illegally Many of the Central American children who have entered the U.S illegally in recent months have come with a heavy burden — a history of hardship and violence. And many of the children now face difficult and uncertain futures.<p>This has social service agencies around the country scrambling to figure out how to help the more than 30,000 unaccompanied minors who have been placed with family and friends since January, as they await their immigration hearings.<p>One of those nonprofits is Mary's Center, which has been helping immigrants in the Washington, D.C., area for years. Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:32:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 30180 at http://wvxu.org Trauma Plagues Many Immigrant Kids In U.S. Illegally Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery http://wvxu.org/post/summer-program-hungry-kids-gets-creative-food-delivery More than 21 million children get free or reduced priced meals during the school year. But in the summer, that number drops to only three million.<p>The big question is what happens to all the other children. Do they get enough, and the right food, to eat?<p>This summer, government agencies and <a href="http://www.ymca.net/summer-food-program">non-profit groups</a> are making a massive push to get millions of meals to kids who might otherwise go hungry as part of the nationwide <a href="http://www.fns.usda.gov/sfsp/summer-food-service-program-sfsp">summer nutrition program</a>. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Pam Fessler 29587 at http://wvxu.org Summer Program For Hungry Kids Gets Creative With Food Delivery