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In the States Roundup for Jan. 29

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Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states from the past week.

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Obama Poised to Sign Long Overdue Sandy Relief Bill

As soon as the Hurricane Sandy relief bill that the U.S. Senate passed Monday night lands on President Obama’s desk, he says he will sign it. But he notes that legislation to help families and communities recover from the devastating November hurricane is long overdue.

For the families working to put their lives back together, every day without relief is one day too many.

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Special Needs Students at Risk Under Bloomberg’s NYC School Bus Plan

New York City school children with special physical, emotional and mental needs could be bused to school with general education students under New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s effort to cut student transportation costs, according to the New York Daily News.

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Obama Calls for Road Map to Citizenship in Immigration Reform

Young people gather outside the high school in Las Vegas where President Obama unveiled his immigration platform.

The immigration reform platform President Obama unveiled today at Del Sol High School in Las Vegas shows, says AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka:

The president clearly shares the AFL-CIO’s commitment to a viable pathway to citizenship, meaning that seemingly innocuous conditions cannot be allowed to get in the way of a road map for citizenship that encompasses the dreams of 11 million people.

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Tune into President Obama's Speech on Immigration Reform

President Obama is announcing his plan for comprehensive immigration reform and a road map to citizenship today at 2:55 p.m. EST. Tune into the live feed from the White House here, and follow live updates from the AFL-CIO delegation that is at Del Sol High School to hear the president speak. 

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Coming Soon: An iPhone App That Makes Corporate Behavior More Transparent

Coming Soon: An iPhone App that Makes Corporate Behavior More Transparent

As educated consumers, we try to keep up on the latest boycotts and ethical practices of employers so we can make responsible buying decisions, but it isn't always easy. Next Monday, a free iPhone app, BizVizz, will be available in the app store to help people track taxes, government subsidies and political campaign donations of major corporations. 

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NFLPA-Harvard Team Up on $100 Million Study of Player Injuries

Football is a dangerous sport by nature, but it doesn't have to be as dangerous as it is today.

The NFL Players Association (NFLPA) has awarded $100 million to Harvard Medical School for a 10-year study of player injuries and illnesses, including brain trauma. The study is funded under the collective bargaining agreement the players reached recently with the NFL. Its goal: to transform the health of current and retired players, whose lifespan averages 20 years less than men who are not professional football players.

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Report: U.S. Corporations Aren't Paying Their Share of Taxes

The AFL-CIO has long called for an end to tax subsidies for companies that ship jobs overseas. Now, in a new report, Citizens for Tax Justice shows just how much money these loopholes are costing us. The new report finds that U.S. multinational corporations are engaging in a massive amount of tax avoidance, particularly through tax havens in small countries like Bermuda. The corporations report that they "earned" large portions of their profits in tiny, low-tax countries in order to lower their tax rates, despite not having much, if any, actual activity or profit in those countries. Bermuda, for instance, is home to reported profits by American companies that are 1,000% of the country's actual GDP.

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On 4th Anniversary of Fair Pay Act, Ledbetter Urges Action on Paycheck Fairness

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Four years ago today President Obama signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, with Lilly Ledbetter, who suffered 20 years of pay discrimination while doing the same work as men at her Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. factory, looking on.

Now, she is urging people to call on Congress to pass the recently reintroduced Paycheck Fairness Act, calling it “the next step.”

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Follow Live Blog of the 'Fairness at Patriot' Rally

Mine Workers (UMWA) members are rallying in St. Louis today to stand up to Patriot Coal's plan to shed promised health care benefits for tens of thousands of retirees and their dependents. As previously reported, UMWA says Patriot Coal was created to fail so Peabody Energy and Arch Coal—the companies that most of the retirees actually had worked for—could get rid of their obligations to former workers. Fairness at Patriot Now will be live-blogging the rally and will march to Peabody headquarters.

You also can follow the AFL-CIO's Cathy Sherwin on Twitter to get live updates. 

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