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  • FILE - This June 18, 2014, file photo, detainees sleep in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. Immigration courts backlogged by years of staffing shortages and tougher enforcement face an even more daunting challenge since tens of thousands of Central Americans began arriving on the U.S. border fleeing violence back home. For years, children from Central America traveling alone and immigrants who prove they have a credible fear of returning home have been entitled to a hearing before an immigration judge. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool, File)

    Overwhelmed feds putting illegal immigrant children at risk

    While much of the focus in the illegal immigrant surge has been on border security, the federal government does a poor job of ensuring relatives who claim children who enter the U.S. illegally are giving them the care they need, according to internal audits that suggest problems remain despite years of warnings.

  • Notre Dame Fighting Obamacare Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

    MINICK: The Hobby Lobby ruling is coming with religious freedom at stake

    The Supreme Court is expected to rule any day on the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties' case challenging the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) mandate on religious liberty grounds.

  • Lawrenceville, Va. residents listen during a presentation by federal officials involved in the placement of immigrant children at St Paul's College Thursday. The program is on hold pending comments from residents. (Associated Press)

    Town residents decry plan to move immigrant children in defunct college in Lawrenceville, Virginia

    More than 1,000 people crowded into a high school auditorium Thursday in this hardscrabble rural Virginia town to confront Obama administration officials with fierce opposition to plans to turn a defunct college here into housing for some of the illegal-immigrant children flooding across the border.

  • State server hacked via software security glitch

    Hackers broke into a Montana health department computer server through software in need of a security upgrade after a Chinese-language website last year identified the department's server as vulnerable, state officials said Friday.

  • Time to protect yourself against ticks

    New Hampshire health officials are advising people to wear insect repellent and protective clothing to avoid being bitten by ticks and potentially exposed to Lyme disease.

  • Child welfare money Nebraska owes reduced to $15M

    State officials have reduced the amount that Nebraska owes the federal government for child welfare services that weren't properly documented, but could still end up paying $15 million.

  • Top Maine DHHS official leaves post

    The chief operating officer for Maine's Department of Health and Human Services has left for the private sector.

  • Health care signups in Utah exceed expectations

    Utah enrollment in health care plans on the federal website greatly exceeded what the Obama administration expected, according to government figures released Thursday that show the final numbers the first year of the historic health care overhaul.

  • Cummings named North Carolina's Medicaid director

    North Carolina's health agency expanded the responsibilities of a surgeon already working on Medicaid issues by naming him as the new Medicaid director.

  • Maine begins putting photos on welfare cards

    Maine on Monday began issuing welfare benefit cards with photos on them in an effort to crack down on fraud and abuse, despite urging from the federal government to wait until it can ensure the state's plan doesn't negatively impact recipients or retailers.

  • USDA says NC health agency met food stamp deadline

    The federal government says it's satisfied that North Carolina's Department of Health and Human Services has met the final deadline to whittle down its backlog of food stamp applications at local social service offices.

  • LePage pushes for photos IDs on welfare cards

    While some of Maine Gov. Paul LePage's proposals to overhaul the state's welfare programs have hit resistance in the Legislature, the administration is pushing forward with a piece of its agenda that it doesn't need lawmakers to sign off on: putting photo identification on benefit cards.

  • Wos, NC lawmakers at odds during meeting

    North Carolina's health secretary defended her agency's work since she took the job last year, responding Thursday to criticism from top Republican legislators who questioned whether the department could operate effectively and pull off any Medicaid overhaul.

  • NC Medicaid gap estimate lower than last year

    North Carolina's Medicaid shortfall this fiscal year isn't expected to be as large as it has been in recent years, state budget officials told legislators Wednesday. But number crunchers said uncertainty remains about the gap in one of state government's largest programs.

  • Maine House OKs bill to cancel consultant contract

    Maine lawmakers gave the first nod Tuesday to a bill that would cancel the state's nearly $1 million contract with a consultant reviewing its Medicaid program.

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