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.

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.

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.

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.

Sequestration nation: military communities feel nation's budget stress

By James Politi

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

'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.

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.

Los Angeles school police still ticketing thousands of young students

By Susan Ferriss

School police still citing thousands of kids for minor violations

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.

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

Mississippi town struggles with 'school to prison pipeline' charges

By Maggie Lee

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

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

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

SOLUTIONS: Time to rethink flood control

By John Kostyack and Nicholas Pinter

SOLUTIONS: Two experts recommend letting Mississippi flow naturally again

White House acknowledges visitor logs are incomplete

By Fred Schulte

Press secretary says visitor logs incomplete despite months touting transparency

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

Audit says legal aid boss charged taxpayers for club, car

By John Solomon and Laurel Adams

The head of a Louisiana legal aid group funded by the federal government routinely dined at a private club and drove a leased vehicle for pe

Government layoffs spark debate over zoning, development

By Dick Cooper

On the surface, the consolidation of planning departments in Worcester County, Maryland, seems a reasonable response to a recession-fueled d

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