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At least 15 dead as severe weather sweeps across central US; on Memorial Day, IA labor leaders honor fallen workers; Medical center installs microgrid to safeguard clinic power supply; 'Second look' laws gain traction, but MS sticks to elderly parole; Will summer heat melt New Mexicans' cravings for ice cream?

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One congressman cites ways Biden could get more support from communities of color. A new Louisiana law reclassifies two abortion medications as controlled substances. And Ohio advocates work to boost youth voter turnout.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

Criminal Justice

Families say they agreed to the settlement with Uvalde because they did not want to bankrupt the city. (Pixel-Shot/Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Remembering the Uvalde mass shooting; two years ago today

Two years ago today, a teenager killed 19 students and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde. The families of those shot and killed have …

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According to the Prison Policy Initiative, Alabama has the lowest parole approval grant rate in the country. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Advocating for restorative justice, 'second-chance' policies in parole system

Fewer than 8% of people in Alabama prisons are granted parole when they apply for it. Criminal justice experts got together for a discussion of how …

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The median length of stay in juvenile detention has increased in Pennsylvania. The average and median lengths of stay have increased, from 17 and 11 days in 2018 to 27 and 14 days in 2022. (Seventyfour/Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 24, 2024

Report: PA in 'crisis' with shortage of juvenile detention beds

A new report is sounding the alarm on Pennsylvania's juvenile-detention capacity challenges, citing understaffing and long wait times for the young …

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Across the country 19 states permit earlier and often more meaningful parole hearings for youth serving lengthy or life sentences, and four states permit earlier hearings for those ranging in age from 18-25 at the time of the offense. (MemoryMan/AdobeStock)
'Second look' laws gain traction, but MS sticks to elderly parole

"Second look" laws to help reduce prison time are gaining traction across the country but Mississippi is not following suit. A new report examinee …

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Family of slain UARK student uses tragedy to help others

A nonprofit organization is working to reduce the stress on trauma survivors - and it began with a tragedy. "Project Beloved" creates "soft" police …

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New Mexico is seventh among states with the most illegal street racers, according to Insurify. (AKGKStudio/Adobe Stock)
Understaffing hampers proactive police efforts in NM, nationwide

A new survey shows there's been an increase in the number of police officers on the streets since the COVID-19 exodus, but some Americans are still …

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Both the American Public Health Association and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recognized firearm injuries and deaths as a significant public health crisis. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Gun-related injuries on the rise among Colorado children

Firearm-related injuries in Colorado hit a peak in 2022, with over 7,000 health care claims and at a cost of $8.4 million, according to a new …

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Research shows rural victims of intimate partner violence tend to face more barriers accessing services like shelters, advocacy, legal services and law enforcement. (Adobe Stock)<br />
New Ohio law closes spousal rape loophole

Advocates say victims of rape by a spouse can now seek justice - under a new law closing a loophole that did not punish rape and sexual battery cases…

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Between 2000 and 2020, the number of young people held in juvenile justice facilities fell from 109,000 to 25,000, a 77% decline. But racial disparities persist, according to The Sentencing Project. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Justice Department launches investigation into KY youth detention centers

The U.S. Justice Department is launching an investigation into reports of physical and sexual abuse at Kentucky's eight youth detention centers - …

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Multiple lawsuits have been filed against the Texas Department of Criminal Justice because its prisons are not air conditioned.  (Felix Pergande/Adobe Stock)
People in TX prisons claim heat-related health effects, demand air conditioning

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is facing a class action lawsuit calling for the agency to add central air conditioning to all its prisons…

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Dawn Alexander says many times romance scammers are based outside of the United States, and encourages people to listen to their intuition. (Adobe Stock)
AZ group warns of romance scams, offers tips

Just last month, a California man was sentenced to four years in prison for being the mastermind behind romance scams - in which he received hundreds …

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New Hampshire lacks many of the fundamental gun safety laws enforced in other New England states, including extreme risk protection orders or requirements for concealed-carry permits or background checks on gun buyers. (Adobe Stock)
After NH Hospital shooting, bipartisan bill aims to prevent repeat tragedy

The New Hampshire Senate will vote this week on a bipartisan gun violence prevention bill prompted by last year's deadly shooting at New Hampshire Hos…

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