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Illinois defends civil unions law in foster care dispute

State officials sent letters to four Catholic Charities agencies that place children, explaining the decision to not renew foster care and adoption contracts.

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South Carolina passes anti-immigration law

South Carolina has become the fifth and latest state poised to enact a draconian anti-immigration law, after Republican Gov. Nikki Haley signed SB 20 last week.

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Rhode Island passes civil unions bill, with controversy

The Rhode Island state Senate on Wednesday approved a bill to legalize same-sex civil unions, sending the bill to the governor for his expected signature.

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In conservative New England state, voter ID vetoed

"There is no voter fraud problem in New Hampshire," the governor said before vetoing the bill. "We already have strong elections laws."

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Michigan lawsuit challenges “dictator law”

Twenty-eight plaintiffs from across Michigan announced Wednesday they are taking the state's controversial emergency manager law to court, charging it is violating the constitution and voting rights.

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Alabama passes nation's most extreme anti-immigrant measure

Critics say the new law is worse than Arizona's SB 1070.

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Couples celebrate new civil union law with "I do"

Chicago hosts a public celebration of the new Illinois civil union law.

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Pete Seeger on youth, careers, and social movements

David Kupfer visited with Pete Seeger just before his 90th birthday in the spring of 2009. This is the second installment of a three part series based on the interviews.

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Court ruling victory for African American firefighters

African Americans represent 32.4 percent of Chicago but they make up only 17 percent respectively of the city's fire department.

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