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Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2011

Categories: Libraries/Museums,Statistics

Provides national estimates and trends on public library services and usage, public library indicators, and state profiles.  From the Institute of Museum and Library Services


Medical Costs and Productivity Losses of Cancer Survivors, United States, 2008-2011

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Income/Poverty,Labor/Employment,Prices/Inflation,Statistics

Attempts to measure the economic burdens of cancer survivors in terms of medical and insurance costs, and loss of wages.  From the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


Premium Affordability, Competition, and Choice in the Health Insurance Marketplace, 2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Prices/Inflation,Statistics,Taxes

Represents the federal government’s first effort to assess the affordability and availability of health plans under the Affordable Care Act following the end of the first insurance sign-up period.  Looks at the premium costs in the marketplace and the role of the premium tax credit in helping families afford coverage.  From the Department of Health and Human Services


Recent Declines in Induction of Labor by Gestational Age

Categories: Births/Deaths,Health/Medical,Statistics

Reports that, since 2006, births delivered at less than 39 weeks have declined by 12% and those at 39 or more weeks have increased by 9%.  This report explores trends in induction of labor for singleton births by gestational age, maternal characteristics, and state for 2006-2012. From the National Center for Health Statistics


Seasonal Patterns in Criminal Victimization Trends

Categories: Crime/Justice,Statistics

Examines seasonal patterns in violent and household property victimization in the U.S. from 1993 to 2010.  Finds that seasonal variations were less than 12% for violent and household property crimes.  From the Bureau of Justice Statistics


Abramski v. United States

Categories: Crime/Justice,Guns,Headlines,Supreme Court/courts

5-4 Supreme Court decision upholding the conviction of a former police officer who bought a handgun for his uncle and claimed he was the gun owner.  At issue was whether someone eligible to purchase a gun could act as a “straw” in purchasing it for another individual.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


States Moving from Accreditation to Accountability

Categories: Education,Federal State Relations

Reports results of a survey which finds states moving from state-administered accreditation systems to outcomes-focused accountability programs.  From the Education Commission of the States


States Continue Progress During Second Year of Race to the Top

Categories: Education,Federal State Relations

Press release announcing Race to the Top progress reports for seven states receiving grants in the 3rd round: Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky,  Louisiana, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  From the Education Department


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