States continue war over Obamacare

By Fred Schulte

State lawmakers at odds over hundreds of bills to either cripple or prop up Affordable Care Act.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… come in for its share of criticism. Lorri Unumb, the group’s vice president for state government affairs, said it works to ensure autism treatment is …"

‘Dual-status’ kids endure another kind of double jeopardy

Youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems have higher detention rates, behavioral health problems.

Excerpts from this story referencing "United States":

"… ical bureaucratic divides between the two systems. Juvenile courts in the United States handled an estimated 1.2 million cases in which the youth was charged with …"

California takes on harsh discipline and academic inequities for black, Latino students

By Susan Ferriss

California bars truancy jailing

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… filed in May; students at the school, Jefferson High in lower-income south Los Angeles, allege that they’ve been deprived of equal time for education in compar …"

"… uent teacher turnover and chaos in scheduling. The litigation was filed by Los Angeles-based Public Counsel, which has also represented students in expulsions, a …"

"… y school in the L.A. district that assigns kids to these periods. North of Los Angeles, in California’s farming and oil-drilling Central Valley, another lawsui …"

"… ’s first such statewide prohibition. Some school districts, such as Los Angeles Unified, have already barred “willful defiance” suspensions and expuls …"

Suit against Kern County schools alleges disproportionate discipline for minorities

By Susan Ferriss

Litigation follows Center pieces highlighting harsh discipline for minorities.

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

"… from regular school and place them in inferior alternative settings. The Center for Public Integrity in 2011 reported that Kern County, in the Golden State’s Central Valley, …"

A life-and-death struggle for asylum in America

By Susan Ferriss and Amy Isackson

Teens' tortured road to asylum in America.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Arizona":

"… quests to find documents Gladis Molina, a nonprofit attorney in Phoenix, Arizona, said she feels an awesome responsibility taking on kids’ cases. But she …"

In Kansas, Democratic donors invest in uncertainty

By Michael Beckel

Independent Senate candidate Greg Orman lures left-leaning donors despite uncertainty about whether he'll caucus with Democrats.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Center for Responsive Politics":

"… emocratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, according to data provided by the Center for Responsive Politics and a Center for Public Integrity review of Federal Election Commission fi …"

Children's rights groups urge Defense program to stop giving school cops military hardware

By Susan Ferriss

Groups trying to curb use of police in school discipline urge federal officials not give military weapons to campus police departments.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Florida":

"… hool districts large and small, from California, Texas, Nevada and Utah to Florida, Georgia, Kansas and Michigan.   In California, the San Diego Unifie …"

L.A. schools program aims to keep kids out of courts

By Susan Ferriss

Effort aims to keep police involvement in minor school infractions to a minimum in L.A. schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… opping out of school.” …"

"… dress the root causes of a student’s behavior,” said Ruth Cusick, Los Angeles-based education rights attorney with Public Counsel, the nation’s larges …"

"… ” of criminalization and that the protocol will help reverse the trend. Los Angeles Juvenile Court Judge Donna Groman also hailed the new protocol in a press …"

Class-action suit: Wrong to put kids into immigration court with no lawyers to help

By Susan Ferriss

Kids whose dad was killed by gangsters are among the plaintiffs in a suit arguing that children should have lawyers in immigration court.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Seattle":

"… e-process rights and immigration law. The plaintiffs in the suit filed in Seattle are eight children aged 10 to 17 who have resided in the United States for …"

"… in the near future.   Two of the minors, 13-year-old and 15-year-old Seattle siblings, saw their father gunned down by gangsters who objected to the fa …"

"… aw firm in Washington, D.C.; and the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project in Seattle. In response to the suit, Andrew S. Muñoz, public affairs officer for th …"

"… ldren are going to qualify for refuge in the United States. Bob Ekblad, a Seattle area pastor, is a friend of the family of three children—aged 10, 13 and …"

Will migrant kids lose access to child-welfare and legal specialists in rush to deport?

By Susan Ferriss

Child advocates are worried possible legal changes could cut off migrant kids' access to social workers, asylum lawyers.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Obama":

"… iation to home countries.      Changes that President Obama may seek in anti-trafficking laws — which were developed in recent …"

"… iate Central American minors more quickly, according to a letter President Obama wrote to congressional leaders. But multiple advocates believe giving age …"

"… he current flood of Central American kids, Podkul and other advocates say, Obama may suggest that Congress amend laws so that Border Patrol agents can trea …"

"… inen of Florida. This week, Roybal-Allard released a statement supporting Obama’s request that Congress allocate more than $2 billion to address the eme …"

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 "Los Angeles Unified School District":

"… ll learning English as a second language.  In a June 6 letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles County Presiding Juvenile Court Judge Michael Nash said this …"

States urged to embrace alternatives to school discipline criminalizing kids

By Susan Ferriss

The Council of State Governments warns that harsh school dicipline disproportionately harms ethnic minority, disabled and LBGT students.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Tennessee":

"… transgender.” In a conference call with reporters Tuesday, a Republican Tennessee state Senate leader — Sen. Mark Norris — spoke out in favor of the rep …"

Lawsuit: Low-income students assigned too much 'work experience' or free time instead of classes they need

By Susan Ferriss

A lawsuit filed on behalf of kids in poor California schools demands state monitor and intervene practices depriving kids of teaching time.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… hose students are almost all ethnic minorities. The schools are located in Los Angeles County and the San Francisco Bay Area. The suit demands that the state of …"

"… ere the conditions in their children’s schools,” said Kathryn Eidmann, Los Angeles-based staff attorney at Public Counsel, the nation’s largest pro bono la …"

"… during his senior year, according to the suit. In South Central Los Angeles, student Jessy Cruz of a school also called Fremont High School …"

Groups seek EPA action on toxic air emissions from fracking

By Jim Morris

Sixty-four environmental and community groups on Tuesday petitioned the EPA to clamp down on toxic air emissions from fracking operations.

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

"… an issue highlighted in “Big Oil, Bad Air,” a project unveiled by the Center for Public Integrity, InsideClimate News and The Weather Channel in February. The series examin …"

Insurers following 'the playbook' in opposing California ballot initiative

By Wendell Potter

Commentary: multi-faceted effort to defeat California ballot initiative.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Medicare":

"… upt the most comprehensive health reform undertaken since the enactment of Medicare and Medicaid, almost a half-century ago.” In other words, it might “un …"

Inside the Koch brothers' campus crusade

By Dave Levinthal

The billionaire industrialists aren’t just investing in politicians, but also young hearts and minds.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Sheldon Adelson":

"… stricts to aid children with special needs. Billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson, the Republicans’ biggest political financier last election cycle who do …"

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":

"… arate and Unequal,’ " brief was prepared by two community groups in Los Angeles and Oakland whose members are concerned that too much police involvement a …"

"… schools is undeniably one of [those barriers.]” One of the groups, the Los Angeles-based Labor-Community Strategy Center, has been instrumental in persuading …"

"… 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 t …"

"… mment on the brief because officials were still reviewing it. As the Los Angeles Times has reported, parents’ groups are mobilizing to demand that 80 per …"

Harsh school discipline gets more scrutiny in Congress

By Susan Ferriss

Researchers and educators urge schools to embrace alternatives to kicking kids out on suspension.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… n, one of the researchers, who is based at the University of California at Los Angeles. He spoke at a Congressional briefing Thursday sponsored by the Black …"

"… far away the children either were forced to do home study or drop out. In Los Angeles, until recent reforms changed practices, schools were calling police at ti …"

"… led with doubts about alternative discipline methods when he worked in the Los Angeles Unified School District. “I was one of those skeptics,” he said. He …"

A world awash in a nuclear explosive?

By Douglas Birch and R. Jeffrey Smith

Japan is leading a global move towards dangerous reactors fueled by a nuclear explosive, Thomas Cochran and other experts say.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Moscow":

"… rcles. “Just one nuclear weapon exploded in a city — be it New York or Moscow; Tokyo or Beijing; London or Paris — could kill hundreds of thousands of …"

Education groups battle teachers unions in state races

By Rachel Baye

Groups funded by billionaires back state-level candidates who want to weaken teachers unions and promote charter schools.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Walmart":

"… olitical action committees whose major donors included Broad, Hastings and Walmart founder Sam Walton’s granddaughter Carrie Walton Penner. Bloomberg, Hast …"

Obama announces foundation-funded project to help black, Latino youth

By Susan Ferriss

'My Brother's Keeper' is a $200 million program aimed at keeping minority youth out of the criminal justice system.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… r they’ve been arrested, sent to court or incarcerated. In January, the Education Department and Justice Department published guidelines for effective schoo …"

Comcast Foundation's giving to minority groups likely to aid approval of Time Warner buyout

By Jason McLure

Support of minority groups key to cable deal's approval, Comcast foundation has dealt out millions.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Business":

"… spanic groups have supported Comcast’s acquisitions. In 2010, the Latino Business Chamber of Los Angeles wrote to the FCC to oppose Comcast’s acquisition …"

New federal guidelines aimed at stopping explosion in harsh school discipline

By Susan Ferriss

Departments of Education and Justice team up to produce resource for school discipline and role of school police.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… ang affiliations and forced to pose for mock mug shots inside schools. In Los Angeles, a series of Center reports showed that the L.A. Unified School Police Dep …"

"… at school and through counseling. The Center interviewed the family of a Los Angeles boy, 12, who was arrested and charged with assault after teachers&nbs …"

"… rate of suspensions of black students. At the University of California at Los Angeles’ Civil Rights Project, whose data analysis has charted sharp racial disp …"

Nation's largest school police force, in L.A., will stop ticketing kids 12 and younger

By Susan Ferriss

After years of issuing thousands of tickets to students for minor infractions, L.A. school police will no longer cite kids 12 and younger.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… g to demand for reforms, the nation’s largest school police force — in Los Angeles — will stop issuing tickets to students 12-years-old or younger for mino …"

"… or near campuses during school hours. A memo this month to officers from Los Angeles Unified School Police Department Chief Steven Zipperman outlined the new p …"

"… respassing, jaywalking and other allegations. The new age-limit policy in Los Angeles, Zipperman said, includes room for exceptions “when all other methods of …"

"… ed. Children’s rights advocates have argued for several years that some Los Angeles school staff had begun to summon police too often to deal with minor disci …"

'Citizens United' ruling helped unions win state elections

By Alan Suderman and Ben Wieder

National unions, business groups focused on states in 2012 elections with unions gaining the edge, new analysis shows.

Excerpts from this story referencing "president":

"… fortune trying to influence elections, a prominent story line of the 2012 presidential campaign. Some of the same prominent donors to federal super PACs also …"

"… ed government, there’s only so much you can do,” says Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, an anti-tax nonprofit. “More of the im …"

"… d American Crossroads, a well-funded, high-profile super PAC. The RSLC’s president, Chris Jankowski, is a former insurance and tobacco lobbyist. ‘Tort ref …"

"… coffers of big political consulting firms — many of which are active in presidential and other federal races. Firms based around D.C. were paid nearly $59 …"

Soap opera producer tapped for top diplomatic post

By Michael Beckel

Major campaign fundraiser and soap opera producer Colleen Bell nominated to be next ambassador to Hungary.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Jeanne Shaheen":

"… this year has made campaign contributions to Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., and former Newark Mayor Cory Booker, the Democrat who prevailed i …"

Police killing of boy, 13, with pellet gun spotlights foiled attempts to regulate replicas

By Susan Ferriss

Andy Lopez, 13, was shot dead by deputies in California who came upon him walking with a pellet gun shaped like an AK-47.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles Police":

"… ansparent bodies or in certain neon colors. The measure had the support of Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck, who invoked the tragic 2010 shooting of another 13-yea …"

In nation's richest farmland, some workers' kids get no education at all

By Susan Ferriss

Disciplined teens get no education for months because they can't do commute.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Education":

"… it the profile” of “motivated” students the California Department of Education advises can thrive on independent study. In Kern, county community school …"

"… ectly to Kern officials to get the data after the California Department of Education said it does not collect the raw numbers of kids placed on independent stu …"

Pro-Clinton super PAC creators have dubious pasts

By Michael Beckel

People behind pro-Clinton super PAC have histories of legal troubles and bankruptcy.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Los Angeles":

"… st unveiled on KickStarter, a bespectacled, twentysomething white man from Los Angeles identified as “Austin” was shown as its author. Two years earlier, …"

Health care costs will mushroom as injured veterans age

By Jessica Wilde

News21 investigation finds injured veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan will need costly care for decades.

Excerpts from this story referencing "heart disease":

"… es like Hancock’s likely will lead to other medical issues, ranging from heart disease to diabetes, for example, as post-9/11 veterans age. “So we have the sa …"

"… e, is often associated with smoking, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. Amputations are associated with obesity, cardiovasc …"

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