Grant Suneson 24/7 Wall Street Published 8:38 AM EDT May 12, 2019 Home to just 4% of the world’s population and nearly 25% of global economic activity, the United States is one of the richest countries in the world. This wealth tends to cluster in certain very affluent areas of the country. In every state, there is at least one town in which most households have an income greater than the U.S. median annual household income of $57,652. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the median annual household income in over 2,600 cities, towns, villages, and census-designated places to identify the richest town in every state. We only considered areas with populations between 1,000 and 25,000. To ensure accuracy, we only considered places where the margin of error for population and median household income was less than 10%. Mother's Day: Toast mom with free mimosas, free food and other special deals Walmart pay: Managers take home an average of $175,000 a year. How much do their workers make? … [Read more...] about These are the most affluent towns in every state in the US
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Doug Stanglin USA TODAY Published 1:32 PM EDT May 1, 2019 If someone is suicidal or an imminent threat to others, should a local judge be able to temporarily take away that person's guns? Colorado is the 16th state to say "yes," while another 21 have taken at least some steps toward adopting a so-called red flag law. Such laws are now on the books in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington and the District of Columbia. Maine and Pennsylvania could be next. Gun violence is again in the spotlight with two high-profile shootings in the past week, one at a synagogue and one at a college campus. And if history is any guide, shootings often spur interest in gun laws, including red flag bills. Despite opposition from the National Rifle Association – which says the laws hinder the right to due process – the issue … [Read more...] about Red flag laws: More states pass laws to temporarily seize guns
From staff and wire reports Published 12:25 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 Alabama Birmingham: The city is considering mobile grocery stores to fill a gap in residential areas where healthy food options aren’t available. WBRC-TV reports that the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama already operates a truck that sells fruit, fresh vegetables and dairy products in so-called food deserts. City leaders are considering a plan to expand such offerings as part of an initiative by Mayor Randall Woodfin. Mobile stores wouldn’t be allowed on vacant lots, and they couldn’t operate within 1,000 feet of stores that sell similar food items. They could set up shop in commercial area and neighborhoods. The city says about 70% of residents live in areas that don’t have stores offering healthy food. The problem is getting worse with store closings in recent years. Alaska Anchorage: A minister is leading an effort to help an impoverished Native village create a new economy with the … [Read more...] about News from around our 50 states
Miramar, Florida mayor Wayne Messam announced on Thursday that he is joining the packed crowd of 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, releasing a video on his campaign website advocating for the long-forgotten American dream. Messam became the first African American mayor of Miramar after unseating a 16-year incumbent in 2015. In a video released on his campaign website, Messam recalled his parents immigrating to the United States from Jamaica, saying the idea of the American dream is "real" for him. "I'm passionate about the American dream because it's not a fictitious thing for me.""The promise of America belongs to all of us, that's why I'm going to be running for president -- to be your champion," Messam added. The Democrat claimed that "Washington is broken," listing problems like rising prescription drug prices, the effects of climate change and crippling student debt.Messam, a former wide receiver for Florida State University where he was a member of the 1993 … [Read more...] about Wayne Messam, Florida mayor and former college football star, announces 2020 presidential bid
US electoral reform has taken centre stage in the ongoing battle between Donald Trump and his Democratic rivals. A growing number of Democratic presidential hopefuls have called for the complicated and much criticised Electoral College America, used to pick its president, to be replaced with a fairer voting system. But what is the Electoral College, how does it work and what could replace it? What is the Electoral College? Dating back to the early years of the United States in the early 19th century, the Electoral College is the name given to the 538 “electors” who convene every four years to cast one vote each for president. These people have the final say on who ends up in the White House. How does it work? Rather than directly voting for a president, Americans choose the elector who is supporting the candidate the voter wants to win, which means the election is guided by the popular vote but is finalised and validated by the Electoral College vote. The electors … [Read more...] about Should the US Electoral College be scrapped?