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PHOTO: Almost half of Utahns support same-sex marriage being legalized in the state, according a new survey. Photo courtesy of Freedom To Marry.

SALT LAKE CITY - Forty-nine percent of people in Utah support same-sex marriage being legalized in the state, according to a new poll. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, said the bipartisan poll also found that 67 percent of Utahns want the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on the issue of same- ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report digs deeply into public opinion polls to find the environment is a broad concern among America's Latino population and candidates in upcoming midterm elections should take note. Photo courtesy Hispanic Access Foundation.

RICHMOND, Va. - While some might assume immigration dominates the concerns of Virginia Latino voters, a new report shows the environment is high on their agenda. Two groups, Latino Decisions and Hispanic Access Foundation, dug deeply into nine recent public-opinion polls and found nationwide, Latino ...Read More

PHOTO: The ACLU of Illinois says important safety and privacy guidelines are needed before the use of body cameras by police enforcement are widely-used throughout the state. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Justice.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - In the aftermath of the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, state leaders in Illinois are contemplating the use of police body cameras for better oversight of law enforcement. Some say important guidelines are needed to protect both police officers and citizens. Ed Yohnka, communica ...Read More

PHOTO: Opposition is mounting to a planned new family detention center in South Texas that will house immigrant children and their families. Photo credit: Nicholas Morberg/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - With Immigration and Customs Enforcement moving ahead with plans for a massive new for-profit family detention center in South Texas, many in the region are giving the proposed ICE facility the cold shoulder. The center will be located on a 50-acre site just outside of the town of ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents, students and community leaders are now at the table with school districts, working on ways to address the state's academic achievement gaps between white students and students of color. Photo credit: Thomas Martin/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As the state continues to wrestle with one of the worst academic achievement gaps in the nation, some progress is being made to lessen that divide between white students and those of color. Minnesota Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius says while the advances are comin ...Read More

PHOTO: Saturday's Justice for Youth event in Portland is one of 20 around the nation calling attention to how mandatory minimum sentencing laws for some crimes affect juveniles. Photo credit: dblight/iStockphoto.com.

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 600 youths are behind bars in Oregon, and nearly half of them were sentenced as adults. On Saturday, their advocates are getting together in Portland for what they're calling a "community awareness and healing event." The groups want to call attention to what they say is ...Read More

PHOTO: A Governor's task force offers real promise of reforming West Virginia's juvenile justice system, according to a mother appointed to the group. Picture by Richard Ross, courtesy of the Annie E Casey foundation.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A governor's task force on West Virginia juvenile justice could bring badly needed progress on the issue, according to one mother involved in the process. Kathy Jo Smith of Barbour County was appointed to the group after her son served more than a year for trying to break into a ...Read More

PHOTO: The human cost of a militarized border will be the focus of an upcoming panel discussion on Friday as leaders in economics, law enforcement and sociology will gather in the Rio Grande Valley to exchange ideas the issue. Photo credit: Jim Greenhill/Flickr.
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BROWNSVILLE, Texas - While a national discussion is underway on the militarization of local law enforcement in the wake confrontations between protesters and police in Ferguson, Missouri, the issue is old news to residents of the Rio Grande Valley. Professor Jessica Lavariega Monforti, associate de ...Read More

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