Pam Fessler

Pam Fessler appears in the following:

FTC And States File Suit Against 4 Sham Cancer Charities

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The charities have been charged with bilking consumers out of more than $187 million. The Federal Trade Commission along with every state and the District of Columbia brought the charges.


Cheap And Fast, Online Voter Registration Catches On

Monday, May 18, 2015

Twenty states have implemented online voter registration and seven are expected to follow. It has Republican and Democratic support, but some still worry about cyberthreats.


After Police Are Charged In Gray's Death, Baltimore Awaits Next Steps

Saturday, May 02, 2015

A day after Baltimore chief prosecutor Marilyn Mosby announced charges against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray, residents of the neighborhood where he grew up hope change will come to the area.


Demonstrators Jubilant After Baltimore Police Charges

Saturday, May 02, 2015

Protests turned to celebrations in Baltimore after a prosecutor announced charges against six police officers for the death of Freddie Gray. The police union is crying foul.


Baltimore Mayor Under Intense Scrutiny Following Street Violence

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Some residents complain that Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has done little to help the impoverished neighborhoods where much of the unrest occurred. Will the crisis tarnish the rising star?


Vulnerable Voting Machine Raises Questions About Election Security

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Virginia found 1-in-5 of its touchscreen machines vulnerable to attack with passwords as easy as "abcde." As voting equipment ages, new concerns are being raised.


On Welfare? Don't Use The Money For Movies, Say Kansas Lawmakers

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Legislature has passed a bill that would bar people on public assistance from using cash aid on theme parks, pools and casinos, or from withdrawing more than $25 per day from the ATM.


Trading Walkathons For Ice Buckets, Charities Try To Hold On To Donors

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Some of the largest, most established walkathons and similar events that raise cash for charity aren't doing as well as they used to. There's more competition, fundraisers say, for money and time.


Engineer Turned Cabbie Helps New Refugees Find Their Way

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Omar Shekhey left engineering to start a nonprofit that helps refugees navigate their new lives near Atlanta. He also drives a cab โ€” and often gives the money to families to help them settle in.


Man Brings Joy And New Shoes To Somali Refugees

Saturday, March 28, 2015

In Clarkston, Ga., a Somali American man named Omar Shekhey helps refugees get settled in their new lives.


Supreme Court Declines To Hear Challenge To Strict Wisconsin Voter ID Law

Monday, March 23, 2015

Ahead of the 2016 presidential election, a handful of challenges to state voter ID requirements are making their way through the courts. Texas and North Carolina are among them.


Both Parties Agree The Food Stamp Program Needs To Change. But How?

Friday, March 20, 2015

Republicans argue the SNAP program would be more efficient if it were run by states. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is funding an initiative to move recipients into jobs.


Many Unaccompanied Minors No Longer Alone, But Still In Limbo

Monday, March 09, 2015

Many of the thousands of youths who arrived in the U.S. in 2014 now live with family, awaiting hearings on whether they can stay. But finding legal and mental health assistance remains a challenge.


Terrorism Fears Complicate Money Transfers For Somali-Americans

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Regulations intended to block money from getting to terrorist groups has led the last bank that handles most money transfers from the United States to Somalia to pull out of the business.


Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Voting machines purchased after the 2000 elections are coming to the end of their useful lives. States are looking to buy new equipment but there's little money and technology is changing rapidly.


How The Voting Debates Will Be Different In 2015

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

There are already 1,200 voting bills introduced in state legislatures this year. Many seek to expand early voting, online and mail voting.


Homeless Man Encourages Others On The Streets To 'Get Up'

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Tony Simmons is a former heroin addict and drug runner who had been in and out of jail. Today, he helps many of Baltimore's 3,000 homeless residents โ€” with housing guidance, advice and hugs.


Child Abuse And Neglect Laws Aren't Being Enforced, Report Finds

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Almost 680,000 children in the United States were victims of abuse in 2013. And state and local governments aren't doing enough to report abuse and investigate it, an independent report finds.


An Exhibit Offers A Different Angle On Life In Public Housing

Monday, January 12, 2015

An exhibit in Brooklyn aims to upend stereotypes about public housing by profiling residents and their achievements. The curators know their subject well; they once lived in public housing themselves.


Near Police Killings, A Community With A Cycle Of Crime

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The police shooting in New York occurred outside a public housing project that's had an increase in crime. Some are trying to reduce violence and debunk myths about those who live in public housing.