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The Legal Services Corporation (LSC) has awarded a grant to a nonprofit legal services provider in Wyoming to ensure the delivery of civil legal assistance to low-income individuals and families across the state, LSC announced today.

LSC awarded a five-month grant to Legal Aid of Wyoming, Inc. (LAW), providing up to $302,055 for the delivery of civil legal services, according to a letter sent to the Wyoming program’s board chairman by LSC President Helaine M. Barnett. The grant may be renewed into 2010 if special performance requirements are met by LAW.


The National Immigration Law Center has published the August 5, 2009 edition of its Immigrants' Rights Update newsletter. It is available on their website at the link.

Immigrants' Rights Update News

13 Additional Counties Join Initiative to Improve Lives of Dependent Children.

The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania will hold three training sessions in August featuring Kevin Campbell - a nationally known youth permanency expert and creator of Family Finding, a strategy aimed at finding lost or forgotten individuals willing to provide lifelong support for abused and neglected children - as part of a statewide initiative to improve the lives of dependent children.


Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security, hosted the agency's fourth public hearing on Compassionate Allowances on July 29, 2009. Commissioner Astrue was joined by Marie A. Bernard, M.D., Deputy Director of the National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, and other Social Security officials. They heard testimony from some of the nation’s leading experts on early-onset Alzheimer's disease and related dementias about possible methods for identifying and implementing Compassionate Allowances for people with early-onset Alzheimer's.


Minimum wage increases by 10 cents to $7.25 an hour on Friday, July 24, 2009.

The increase was mandated by the Fair Minimum Wage Act, which President George Bush signed in May 2007. This law raises the minimum wage to $7.25 from $7.15 an hour putting Pennsylvania at the same level as the federal minimum wage for the first time since 2006, when the state and federal minimums were both at $5.15 an hour.

The state's minimum wage has been at $7.15 since July 2007, while the federal minimum has been at $6.55 an hour since July 24, 2008. News