Citing health risks, New York State bans fracking

By Talia Buford

"The potential risks are too great," says the state's acting health commissioner. "In fact, they are not fully known."

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… nd gas infrastructure could pose health risks. New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will issue a legally binding statement to ban frackin …"

"… inding statement to ban fracking early in 2015, the Journal News reported. Environmentalists praised the New York ban while many in the industry decried it as ir …"

DOE official seeks probe of dissident analyst’s dismissal by nuclear weapons laboratory

By Douglas Birch

The overseer of U.S. nuclear weapons production requests an Inspector General’s review of the firing of Los Alamos analyst James Doyle.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Gregory H. Friedman":

"… n the letter, Marmolejos wrote that Klotz had asked the Inspector General, Gregory H. Friedman, to examine whether Doyle’s termination “resulted, in whole or in part …"

Firearms used in homicides often purchased illegally

By Kelsey Jukam, Aaron Maybin and Jordan Rubio

A News21 analysis of the FBI’s national database of supplementary homicide reports found that across the country, 17,422 black men between a

Excerpts from this story referencing "Michigan":

"… le —  most of whom were black and barely into adulthood. In Flint, Michigan, swing-sets in Mott Park are empty as drug dealers and gang members claim …"

"… they mostly come from predominantly white suburbs like nearby Grand Blanc, Michigan. Throughout his first term in office, U.S. Congressman Dan Kildee has fou …"

Fired Los Alamos nuclear expert files appeal

By Douglas Birch

Former Los Alamos lab employee argues that DOE abused its powers, retaliated against him for expressing views.

Excerpts from this story referencing "House Armed Services Committee":

"… ne in the British journal “Survival” in early February, someone on the House Armed Services Committee staff raised concerns with the lab that he had spilled secrets. The head …"

Nuclear weapons lab employee fired after publishing scathing critique of the arms race

By Douglas Birch

Los Alamos lets a 17-year employee go after retroactively classifying his published article.

Excerpts from this story referencing "energy":

"… ning to national security. (The department has no jurisdiction over atomic energy secrets.) A State Department spokesman did not respond to repeated reques …"

Families sick from fracking turn to scientists

By Lisa Song

A Pennsylvania nonprofit provides free health consultations to people who live near gas drilling sites and complain of health effects.

Excerpts from this story referencing "researcher":

"… he public health agencies have not been fulfilling," said Lisa McKenzie, a researcher at the Colorado School of Public Health who studies gas drilling impacts.W …"

L.A. judge objects to school police getting millions reserved for struggling students

By Susan Ferriss

A top juvenile court judge objects to a proposal giving school police $13 million out of a state fund to help disadvantaged kids learn.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Children’s Defense Fund":

"… in Los Angeles. Also signing the letter were the California office of the Children’s Defense Fund; the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California; the Youth Just …"

North Carolina foster teen languishes in adult jail for school incident

By Susan Ferriss

A judge freed a foster girl from adult jail after a school police arrest, but N.C. social services fail to come get her.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… ement, alleges the complaint filed with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division. Federal school-disc …"

"… in the country was supposed to report that data to the U.S. Department of Education’s Civil Rights Data Collection. The Wake County district has nearly 148, …"

"… udents have rallied to her defense and appealed to the county’s Board of Education this month to help free her, as local TV and other media have reported. A …"

"… ted Federal School Discipline Guidance released by the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice in January. …"

California report: Don't spend new education money on campus police

By Susan Ferriss

As California readies to direct millions to districts with neediest kids, a new policy brief warns against spending it on campus security.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… into courts every year for minor infractions. The brief reports that the Los Angeles Unified School District’s budget for this year calls for spending more than $91 million on polic …"

Exposing tragic myths of the world's 'greatest' health care system

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: world's 'best' health care system is failing many right here.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Knoxville, Tennessee":

"… e lie that the “best in the world” claim really is, Mandvi traveled to Knoxville, Tennessee, home of the University of Tennessee, my alma mater, and the headquarters …"

"… Tennessee. When told by a RAM volunteer after they land that, “This is Knoxville, Tennessee, this is America,” Mandvi asks, in mock astonishment: “If this is Amer …"

"… here.” When Mandvi tells him that, “The place I’m talking about is Knoxville, Tennessee,” Wilemon has one of those moments you never, ever want to have on TV. H …"

The story behind 'Big Oil, Bad Air'

By Jim Morris, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song

Texas regulators didn't make it easy to determine the environmental impacts of drilling in the Eagle Ford Shale.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Shale":

"… Hard to say, but it has. A subject of solid local coverage, the Eagle Ford Shale play in South Texas has yet to become part of the national conversation on …"

"… racturing — fracking — in contrast to, say, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale or North Dakota’s Bakken. This oddity, along with the sheer size of the …"

"… The partnership that produced "Big Oil, Bad Air: Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale of South Texas" was formed in the spring of 2013. Two nonprofit news organ …"

Sequestration nation: military communities feel nation's budget stress

By James Politi

Civilian Pentagon workers hit hard by sequestration-related cuts to federal budget.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… of U.S. warfare. The sprawling military base, which straddles the Kentucky-Tennessee border, was home to the special forces unit that helped raid Osama bin Lad …"

"… t established the cuts. In the borderland of western Kentucky and central Tennessee, those federal dollars flow into local businesses and provide jobs: Fort C …"

"… en as national jobless figures have improved steadily. In the Clarksville, Tennessee, metropolitan area the jobless rate has risen to 9.4 percent from 9.1 perc …"

"… t, as did Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker, the two Republican senators from Tennessee. Marsha Blackburn and Ed Whitfield, Fort Campbell’s two members of Congr …"

'Upset' emissions: Flares in the air, worry on the ground

By Kristen Lombardi and Andrea Fuller

Residents living along the chemical corridor of Texas and Louisiana often encounter 'upset' emissions -- triggering pollution, health fears.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Texas Commission on Environmental Quality":

"… health threat,” acknowledges Larry Soward, a former commissioner at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, who served on its board from 2003 to 2009. “Upsets” occur when equip …"

"… ries, chemical plants and manufacturing facilities. Data collected by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, TCEQ, offer a rare window into this pollution peril; the state agency req …"

Judicial candidate blames mystery nonprofit's attacks for defeat

By Michael Beckel

Montana Supreme Court candidate says anonymous attacks sunk his campaign.

Louisiana sinkhole shatters calm, prompts buyouts on the bayou

By Ronnie Greene

A massive sinkhole roils a Louisiana bayou community — forcing many to seek buyouts, part of a U.S. trend of communities fighting to leave.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Bobby Jindal":

"… buyouts from Texas Brine. Last month, after pressure from Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and parish political leaders, Texas Brine began contacting individual home …"

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

Excerpts from this story referencing "American Civil Liberties Union":

"… strict bigger than L.A. Unified, which has fewer than 700,000 students.The American Civil Liberties Union — which is suing New York police for alleged excessive force in schools …"

GOP immigration hardliner told constituent to take family to Mexico

By Susan Ferriss

The record of some GOP members of Congress shows it will take work to persuade them to embrace immigration reform.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Public Integrity":

"… ies have turned them into collateral damage.Gonzalez recently spoke to the Center for Public Integrity about her attempts to persuade King to help her with a life-altering immig …"

"… alez’s dilemma is shared by families described in a recent report by the Center for Public Integrity about punishments that Congress approved in 1996. The mandatory penal …"

Justice Department alleges 'school to prison pipeline' in Mississippi

By Susan Ferriss

Alleges that state, county and city of Meridian are operating 'school to prison pipeline'

Feds will oversee Oakland's efforts to curb suspensions

By Susan Ferriss

Oakland school board allows federal officials to monitor efforts to reduce the high suspension rates for African-American students

Excerpts from this story referencing "federal government":

"… Tony Smith showed “courage” in moving ahead with reforms. She said the federal government doesn’t want to “dictate” how communities carry out their ideas for …"

Mississippi town struggles with 'school to prison pipeline' charges

By Maggie Lee

Justice Department letter raises new questions, inflames new tensions in Meridian, Mississippi

Excerpts from this story referencing "Meridian":

"… l.The Justice Department says it has probable cause to believe the city of Meridian and Lauderdale County routinely and  repeatedly incarcerate children …"

"… Court judges, as well as the state Division of Youth Services, but not the Meridian school system.The letter said infractions such as defiance, disrespect, dr …"

"… an-American children are disproportionately suspended or expelled and that Meridian children who have disabilities are expelled or given long suspensions at a …"

"… s of confidential youth court records without a court order.”The city of Meridian and Lauderdale County reject the charges, accusing the federal agency of b …"

Parts of Pa. law favored by frackers overturned

By Alice Su

A court on Thursday threw out parts of the state’s Act 13, returning zoning authority over natural gas drilling to local governments

Oakland leads way as restorative justice techniques enter education mainstream

By Eric K. Arnold

'Restorative justice' techniques are helping young people overcome violent impulses

Excerpts from this story referencing "Oakland Unified School District":

"… tive programs have been embraced by youth-oriented nonprofits and the Oakland Unified School District alike as a solution for both cyclic violence and chronic truancy, whi …"

Local leaders sue for right to control location of gas wells

By Alice Su

Pennsylvania's state legislature passed a law that strips local zoning authority location of fracking wells.

Excerpts from this story referencing "supervisor":

"… e first Marcellus Shale drill site in Pennsylvania. White is a former supervisor of Cecil Township, another petitioner that plays host to heavy natural gas …"

"… ad petitioners trying to overturn the law, acting both individually and as supervisor of Robinson Township, said the industry spent millions of dollars to get A …"

"… nt local authority over where the industry operates.“The entire board of supervisors is conservative Republicans, and we’re pro-drilling,” Coppola said. …"

Police, suspensions in schools need reform, new report urges

By Susan Ferriss

A report looks at how three troubled California communities are struggling with high suspension rates of vulnerable students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "University of California":

"… ially troubled California districts.  The report released Thursday by University of California scholars and Human Impact Partners is an exhaustive profile of students in …"

Walker’s official work time declines as national fame grows

By Kate Golden and Amy Karon

Wisconsin governor's official work time declines as national fame grows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "New York":

"… in Washington, D.C., and Walker’s $2,500-a-person January fundraiser in New York hosted by Maurice Greenberg, founder of the insurance giant American Inter …"

Michigan's budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block

By Paul Abowd

Michigan's emergency manager law grants sweeping powers to unelected officials

LA school abuse investigation runs into immigration fears

By Susan Ferriss

Undocumented parents say they fear deportation if they talk about accused teacher

Excerpts from this story referencing "KPCC":

"… on the Multi-American blog of the Southern California public radio station KPCC.  The Multi-American reports that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s …"

Los Angeles report: Limit suspensions, don't fine truants

By Susan Ferriss

A task force in Los Angeles, Calif. attacks harsh school discipline, truancy dollar fines

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles County":

"… t in California. …"

"… who presides over one of America’s biggest juvenile courts, which is in Los Angeles County. Others include an anti-truancy leader in the county’s District Att …"

FACT CHECK: Perry misses the facts on fracking

By FactCheck.Org

GOP presidential hopeful's statement on EPA as a jobs-killer holds no water

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environment":

"… advisory board to oil and gas management of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection. Of particular concern, Watson said, is the possibility of pe …"

Child advocates say more should be done to assist immigrant minors crossing the border

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates say assistance needed to keep young border crossers away from criminals

Excerpts from this story referencing "law enforcement":

"… entral American, Chinese or nationals of other countries. Mexican and U.S. law enforcement officials report finding people from all over the world, including childre …"

"… hat the youth be granted a visa for trafficking victims who cooperate with law enforcement. The boy recounted, Podkul said, that “he had to sit and watch people be …"