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Uninsured Children, NAFTA Job Losses, Local Economic Development, the Cost of Real ID, and Sexual Assault in Women's Prisons

The Economic Policy Institute reports that from 2004 to 2005, the number of uninsured children in America grew by 361,000, the first increase in seven years. The Campaign for Children's Health Care has released a report called No Shelter from the Storm: America's Uninsured Children, that lays out in detail the magnitude of the crisis of uninsured children in America.

EPI also has a new report detailing lost jobs in each state due to NAFTA.

While local business-led civic organizations in the past were often strong advocates for regional planning an renewal, the Brookings Institution finds in a new report that changes in the economy, from global mergers to deregulation, have diminished business-civic organizations commitment to supporting local regional economic development.

When Congress passed the "Real ID Act" in 2005 requiring national standards for issuing state driver's licenses and identification cards, many critics worried about the costs and new bureaucratic hassles for Americans. The National Governors Association, National Conference of States Legislatures and National Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators have issued a report confirming that implementing the law is costing states $11 billion over the next five years, increasing delays at DMVs.

A new study on New Jersey's prisons finds that women inmates are twice as likely as male inmates to be rapes and nearly six times as likely to be sexually abused by other inmates. It also found that male inmates were more likely to be sexually abused by prison staff than by other inmates.