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PHOTO: Knowledge is power, and the ACLU of Missouri hopes its new smartphone app will empower Missourians with the information and tools they need to protect their civil rights. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

ST. LOUIS - If you don't know your rights, you won't know if they're being violated. With that adage in mind, the ACLU of Missouri has launched a high-tech campaign to educate and empower Missourians when it comes to proper contact with police and law enforcement. Jeffrey Mittman, executive direct ...Read More

PHOTO: Hearings were held at the statehouse Wednesday on several bills that would radically overhaul Ohio's existing gun laws. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/Morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - During the lame-duck legislative session now under way, state lawmakers are considering several bills that would radically revamp gun laws in Ohio. House Bill 203 received a Senate committee hearing on Wednesday. Toby Hoover, founder of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, desc ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota leaders in law enforcement, gun safety and domestic violence prevention gathered Monday for a roundtable with former Arizona U.S. Rep. Gabby Giffords. Photo credit: Bill Morrow/Flickr.

MINNEAPOLIS - Former U.S. congresswoman and mass shooting survivor Gabby Giffords was in Minnesota on Monday, touting the need for stronger laws to protect women from gun violence by stalkers and abusers. Giffords was joined by leaders in law enforcement, gun safety, and domestic violence preventio ...Read More

PHOTO: Kim McGowan (right) is among the security guards working for private contractors who say today's security challenges call for more training and better pay. They rallied in Downtown Pittsburgh on Wednesday. Photo credit: Maria Montano.

PITTSBURGH - Steel City security guards rallied Downtown on Wednesday to demand greater job security, and to point out many of the private contractors hired by high-rise owners or managers don't offer their workers enough training, room for advancement, or sufficient pay for the modern-day challenge ...Read More

PHOTO: About 40 percent of the gun sales in Washington are private sales, without background checks, between individuals, online or at gun shows like the one in Texas pictured here. Only one of Washington's November ballot measures, I-594, would expand background checks. Photo credit: Glasgows/Wikimedia Commons.
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SEATTLE - Bullets aren't flying, but rhetoric is, as two ballot measures on gun-purchase background checks are defended by their respective supporters. A closer look at who's backing which initiative finds gun collectors, firearms instructors, and Tea Party groups on the side of I-591, for fewer bac ...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: 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 five-year study finds that the bystander intervention program Green Dot significantly reduces sexual violence among high school students in Kentucky. Photo courtesy of University of Kentucky.

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentucky's first lady calls it a game changer – using a program based on bystander intervention to reduce sexual violence among high school-age children. The Green Dot program, which was created and first used at the University of Kentucky, is now being tried in more t ...Read More

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