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The Job Gap, Election Machines, Released Prisoners, Children of Immigrants, University Research, and Manufacturing Employment

Highlighting the squeeze on families, the Northwest Federation of Community Organizations released its 2006 "Northwest Job Gap Studies", finding that rising health insurance costs in recent year add to the problem of families making a living wage needed to care for their families.

With the recent voting machine problems in the Maryland primary, the AEI-Brookings Election Reform Project is highlighting a number of studies spotlighting problems with voting machine technology across the country.

In its new "Prisoner Reentry: Addressing the Challenges in Weed and Seed Communities," the Urban Institute highlights innovative strategies by communities in reintegrating into society and the economy the more than 650,000 prisoners who are released from state and federal prisons each year. These strategies include mentor programs, one-stop support centers, community partnerships and a range of housing and employment programs for ex-offenders.

In another study, the Urban Institute notes that the share of children with at least one immigrant parent has increased from 6 percent in 1970 to over 20 percent today. Most have at least one working parent, but with many undocumented, this creates greater poverty and barriers to health and education access for these low-income children.

Highlighting the economic returns from society's investments in university research, the Milliken Institute finds that technology innovation comes mostly from university campuses, not corporate laboratories-- and its new study analyzes the keys to success for technology transfer with business partners.

Manufacturing employment across the country has continued to decline, according to the Economic Policy Institute, with employment falling more in the last seven years than it did in the previous twenty.

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