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 "natural gas":

"… But because there are no comprehensive studies about the health impacts of natural gas drilling, it's hard to determine if their problems are linked to the gas w …"

"… cience to help people deal with their ailments. "As far as unconventional natural gas drilling goes, we are the public health service of the United States right …"

"… s of shale gas development. provide tips on how to reduce exposure to natural gas activities, perhaps by using indoor air filters or keeping daily logs of s …"

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 "Judge":

"… geles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Michael Nash said this particular pot of money should not be diverted to s …"

"… untry and was a recent president of the National Council of Juvenile Court Judges. In that role he also wrote to the White House expressing concerns a …"

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 "spokeswoman":

"… 8 students, one of the worst such ratios in the country. Monica Carazo, a spokeswoman for L.A. Unified, said the district couldn't comment on the brief because …"

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 "correspondent":

"… ding the United States to third world status, you must watch Daily Show “correspondent” Aasif Mandvi’s Thursday night takedown of FOX Business commentator To …"

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 "Pennsylvania":

"… conversation on hydraulic fracturing — fracking — in contrast to, say, Pennsylvania’s Marcellus Shale or North Dakota’s Bakken. This oddity, along with t …"

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 "Barack Obama":

"… portion blame for the damage done by the fiscal impasse, whether President Barack Obama or the four Republican senators who serve the base’s home states, includ …"

'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 "ExxonMobil":

"… ” naphtha, a liquid mixture of volatile petrochemicals, occurring at the ExxonMobil Baton Rouge petrochemical complex a half mile away. Four hours earlier, E …"

"… s valve leak has played out again and again at the sprawling, 2,400-acre ExxonMobil Baton Rouge complex, which encompasses an oil refinery and a chemical plan …"

"… leases over these years; at its height, the facility averaged two a week. ExxonMobil Baton Rouge questions the Bucket Brigade’s analysis, calling it “likel …"

"… sions. Two facilities the Club sued rank among the state’s top emitters: ExxonMobil, whose petrochemical complex in Baytown has released 5.1 million pounds of …"

Judicial candidate blames mystery nonprofit's attacks for defeat

By Michael Beckel

Montana Supreme Court candidate says anonymous attacks sunk his campaign.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Barack Obama":

"… p;coverage called for under the health care reform law signed by President Barack Obama. Jim Murry, the Montana Political Practices Commissioner until …"

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 "Environment":

"… wing and growing,” said Marylee Orr, executive director of the Louisiana Environmental Action Network, an advocacy organization based in Baton Rouge. “Myster …"

"… olitics,” said Lois Gibbs, executive director of Center for Health, Environment and Justice, a nonprofit based in Falls Church, Va., that works with commu …"

"… heavy metals from an abandoned former wood treating facility. By 1992, the Environmental Protection Agency said it excavated 225,000 cubic yards of con …"

"… around the sinkhole. So far, tests results by the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality show “no harmful Environmental releases,” the state said. Y …"

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 "Bethany Gonzalez":

"… forcement.  Judging from an interaction with one of his constituents, Bethany Gonzalez of Denison, Iowa, King believes in maintaining a hard line, even if U.S. c …"

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'

Excerpts from this story referencing "The Associated Press":

"… the Southern District of Mississippi, in a Justice press release Wednesday.The Associated Press reported that local and state officials either declined comment or didn’ …"

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 "Oakland":

"… nced Friday that it has reached a major agreement with school officials in Oakland, Calif. that allows federal monitoring of the district’s efforts to curb …"

"… ure they keep learning.”A May report by the Urban Strategies Council, an Oakland community-organizing and research group, drilled down on Oakland’s recor …"

"… uncil, an Oakland community-organizing and research group, drilled down on Oakland’s record of suspensions. Researchers found that African American boys we …"

"… . Researchers found that African American boys were only 17 percent of the Oakland Unified School District’s population but 42 percent of all suspensions. …"

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 "NAACP":

"… fireThe DOJ received the very first complaints about Meridian in 2005 from NAACP activist Randle Jennings. He was surprised when the city cut funding to a …"

"… ck?“We realized something was going on,” said Jennings, now the county NAACP education chair.  “We smelled smoke,” but did not have an explana …"

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… tate’s controversial Act 13 on Thursday, returning zoning authority over natural gas drilling to the municipalities and townships that had contested the five-m …"

"… resolved if the Commonwealth is to remain a leader in responsible American natural gas development and reap the associated economic, environmental and national s …"

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":

"… er his probation officer recommended he enroll in a summer program at East Oakland teen and young adult center Youth Uprising — it utilized restorative jus …"

"… biology at the University of Florida.“I thought that because I’m from Oakland, nothing good is going to come from out of my life," said Mathis, before b …"

"… ingly been adopted by schools, teen centers, and after-school programs. In Oakland — a city of 400,000 which averages triple-digit homicides annually, and …"

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

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 "chemicals":

"… rse of unwelcome stipulations.Thanks to the law, doctors can find out what chemicals are used in fracking, the controversial drilling technique that environmen …"

"… entiality clause that prevents them from telling their patients what those chemicals are. Local counties get the impact fee, but it comes with strict regulatio …"

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 "L.A.":

"… n alternative to out-of-school suspension. But researchers found that some L.A. schools are still failing to use the method. As a result, students are sti …"

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 "Scott Walker":

"… dison or its affiliates. …"

"… groups outside the state.On Jan. 28, 2011, two weeks before Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled his plan to slash public employee unions’ powers, he dined at t …"

Michigan's budget crisis puts democracy on the chopping block

By Paul Abowd

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

Excerpts from this story referencing "City Council":

"… previous emergency manager) as a consultant at half his former salary. The City Council was not so lucky.Neither were the police and fire departments. Pontiac is …"

"… doesn’t answer to anyone but the governor, at whose pleasure he serves. City Council can no longer make decisions but still calls meetings, which Williams says …"

"… reasurer’s financial review of city finances in December. Members of the City Council responded by demanding that the state repay $220 million owed to the city …"

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 "lawyer":

"… t, La Opinion reports.  The paper says eight families have retained a lawyer and have information about Berndt, who is accused of 23 counts of lewd beh …"

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 "California":

"… ts that succeed — and fail — in certain parts of the populous Southern California region and other areas of the country.The School Attendance Task Force has …"

"… high school graduation rate is only about 56 percent, one of the lowest in California. …"

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 "natural gas":

"… uld “create another 250,000 jobs by getting the EPA out of the way” of natural gas drilling. But the EPA isn’t currently in the way: The very study on whic …"

"… said, “if environmental bureaucrats are told to stand down.” Calling natural gas a “game-changer” in U.S. energy production, Perry cited regulation of …"

"… ach. Hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” is the process of extracting natural gas from underground shale formations. Spurred by technological advancements, …"

"… versity of Wyoming and Penn State University. According to the report, if natural gas prices don’t fall significantly, “Marcellus economic activity could su …"

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 "John Kerry":

"… n trafficking laws) was introduced June 29 by Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Scott Brown (R-Mass.). It also calls for a Government Accoun …"

U.S. advisory group on fracking has abundant ties to energy industry

By Evan Bush

As first recommendations emerge, scientists seek ouster of a former CIA director on energy company boards

Excerpts from this story referencing "natural gas":

"… forms of energy development, known as fracking, have financial ties to the natural gas industry, scientists and some environmental groups are asserting. The scie …"

"… ions of airborne contaminants.While the Energy Department doesn't regulate natural gas production, the Environmental Protection Agency is still months from reach …"

"… he ground to break up the earth below in order to release and then capture natural gas. Critics say fracking could be tainting groundwater, killing wildlife and, …"

"… ier this year, in his State of the Union address, President Obama endorsed natural gas as part of the solution to feed the nation's energy needs, and then sought …"

SOLUTIONS: Time to rethink flood control

By John Kostyack and Nicholas Pinter

SOLUTIONS: Two experts recommend letting Mississippi flow naturally again

Excerpts from this story referencing "Illinois":

"… ederation. Nicholas Pinter is a professor of geology at Southern Illinois University.  …"

White House acknowledges visitor logs are incomplete

By Fred Schulte

Press secretary says visitor logs incomplete despite months touting transparency

Excerpts from this story referencing "Federation of American Scientists":

"… ” Steven Aftergood, director of the project on government secrecy of the Federation of American Scientists, said Thursday. “The resources should be redirected somewhere else or re …"

445,000 illegal immigrants arrested at SW border

By Laurel Adams

The Border Patrol reported stricter security along the Southwest border with Mexico, as 873 miles of the 2,000-mile border reached a higher

After oil spill cleanup, mystery surrounds oil remaining in Gulf

By Laurel Adams

More than eight months after the Deepwater Horizon spill, researchers are still unable to paint an accurate picture on the amount of oil tha

Excerpts from this story referencing "crude oil":

"… , there could be continued pressure on Gulf industries. “The fraction of crude oil that is water soluble can persist for weeks to years.”FAST FACT: Federal …"