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PHOTO: More than 14,000 Michiganders have written to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, asking him to take steps to promote responsible gun ownership in Michigan. Photo credit: Kristen Moore, Everytown for Gun Safety.

LANSING, Mich. - When Governor Rick Snyder opens his mail on the eve of the Fourth of July holiday, he'll find 14,000 messages from Michiganders calling on him to make responsible decisions to help reduce gun violence in the state. Kristen Moore, the Ann Arbor ambassador for Everytown for Gun Safet ...Read More

PHOTO: Public lighting can make a big difference for neighborhood health and safety, so efforts are underway to get street lights in the more than 1,200 colonias across the Rio Grande Valley that otherwise go dark at night. Photo courtesy La Union del Pueblo Entero.
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AUSTIN, Texas – As families across Texas gather to celebrate Mother's Day on Sunday, for thousands of moms in the Rio Grande Valley, the best gift would be a little light. In Cameron and Hidalgo counties, there are more than 200,000 people living in colonias, or unincorporated neighborhoods ...Read More

PHOTO: Sen. Bill Laird of Fayette County, a former county sheriff, says cutting programs that help West Virginia families in crisis will cost the state more money in the long run. Photo credit: Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Criminal justice officials are joining those who say West Virginia should restore $750,000 in cuts from programs for children and families. Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin cut the funding for programs, including child advocacy, in-home family education and support for victims of do ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation that would make Minnesotans convicted of domestic or child abuse surrender their guns has cleared the state Senate by a vote of 60-4. The bill was earlier passed in the House and now goes to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. Photo credit: Eric Fought/Protect Minnesota

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A bill to remove guns from the hands of those convicted of domestic abuse or child abuse is headed to Gov. Mark Dayton for his signature. The bill sailed through the State Senate on Monday, after earlier approval from the House. Among the supporters in the gallery during passage ...Read More

PHOTO: Ann Arbor is the latest Michigan city to join the "Moms Demand Action" coalition, calling for what they call commonsense gun-reform measures. Photo courtesy of Moms Demand Action MI.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Some Michigan moms say they've had enough of lockdown drills and headlines about campus shootings, so they're taking action as a group in hopes of being part of the solution to America's gun-violence problem. At this point, said Kristen Moore, Ann Arbor Ambassador for the Michiga ...Read More

PHOTO: Swing vote Justice Anthony Kennedy swung in favor of "big spenders" in the U.S. Supreme Court's McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission decision on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States

ALTOONA, Iowa – Another important campaign finance decision handed down Wednesday by the U.S. Supreme Court is provoking both celebration and consternation across the country. The 5-to-4 ruling in McCutcheon v. the Federal Election Commission means instead of a total of $123,000, a single do ...Read More

 Among other things, Justice Stephens is advocating for campaign spending reform, after the 2010 "Citizens United" decision that declared corporations are people and opened the floodgates to big corporate political donations. Photo by Steve Petteway/ US Supreme Court

CHICAGO - Since retiring from the bench in 2010, former Supreme Court Justice and Illinois native son John Paul Stevens has not been idle. His new book, out this month, has already caused a big stir in political and policy circles. It's called "Six Amendments: How and Why We Should Change the Consti ...Read More

PHOTO: A hearing is expected today on a bill (HF 3228) that aims to close a loophole that allows domestic abusers in Minnesota to posses rifles and shotguns. Photo credit: dualdflipflop

ST. PAUL, Minn. - It is the most dangerous time for an abused woman: when she's leaving and he's losing control. So a bill being debated at the state Capitol aims to take guns out of the mix. Joan Peterson, board president, Protect Minnesota: Working to End Gun Violence, said the legislation would ...Read More

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