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PHOTO: Those opposed to Gov. Rick Perry sending National Guard troops to the southern border say humanitarian aid is needed, not more militarization. Photo courtesy U.S. Department of Defense.
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AUSTIN, Texas - The ongoing crisis over unaccompanied immigrant children coming to the United States has taken a new turn with local troops being ordered to the border of Texas and Mexico. Gov. Rick Perry announced plans Monday to deploy 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley to ...Read More

PHOTO: The Central Islip Cougars and their coaches are anxious about what impact illegal toxic dumping in or near a playground and recreation areas might have on their upcoming season. Photo courtesy Kenneth Cox.

CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y. – The illegal dumping of thousands of pounds of toxic materials in a playground and other sites in Brentwood, Central Islip and other locations has thrown a local boys football team for a loss of yardage – a temporary one, team members hope. The city had been promis ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Operation Wisconsin Dawn Thursday at 7 a.m. will simulate a bombing at Camp Randall Stadium on the UW Campus, and will involve hundreds of law enforcement personnel, medical first responders and volunteer victims. (Logo courtesy of UW Police Department.

MADISON, Wis. – They're calling it Operation Wisconsin Dawn. Thursday at 7 a.m., Camp Randall Stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus will be the scene of a simulated bombing, involving hundreds of law enforcement personnel and emergency responders. UW Police spokesman Marc Lovicott ...Read More

PHOTO: Kansas City Municipal Court Judge Joseph Locascio and Drug Court participant Billy Smith work together in the court's garden. Photo courtesy of Benita Jones.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most gardeners can vouch for the therapeutic benefits of digging in the dirt, and so can some participants in Kansas City's drug, mental-health and veterans' treatment courts, thanks to a special program that's planting seeds of recovery. The garden, where offenders and court off ...Read More

PHOTO: Daryl Atkinson was recently recognized as a White House "Champion of Change" for his work helping North Carolinians released from prison. Photo courtesy Southern Coalition for Social Justice

WASHINGTON, D. C. – Two decades ago, when Daryl Atkinson served 40 months in prison for a first-time, non-violent drug crime, he never imagined he would later be invited to the White House for recognition of his work, helping others with a criminal record get jobs. Atkinson now works as an at ...Read More

PHOTO: A law aimed at bringing new standards to the treatment and care of pregnant and postpartum inmates in Minnesota begins Tuesday at the women's prison in Shakopee, with expansion to county jails in July 2015. Photo credit: Frank de Kleine / Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The first law in the state to consider the unique needs of women in prison who are pregnant begins today. Jessica Anderson, director of legislative affairs and communications for Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota, says this new law is a first step toward creating healthy begi ...Read More

PHOTO: With early detection and proper treatment, people with HIV can live long, independent lives and keep the infection from progressing into AIDS. Photo credit: Bordecia33/Flickr

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – As National HIV Testing Day is recognized today (Friday) across Tennessee and the country, the vision of virtually ending AIDS is slowly moving toward reality. Patrick Luther, chief program officer for Nashville Cares, points out that there are many new advancements and eff ...Read More

PHOTO: For the past year, groups have rallied in Michigan and across the nation, hoping the GOP would take up a comprehensive reform measure. But one year after the U.S. Senate passed the bill, with no movement in the House, they'll rally Saturday with a different goal. Photo courtesy Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. – Today (Friday) marks one full year since the U.S. Senate passed a comprehensive immigration reform bill, but with the measure effectively dead in the House, immigrant advocacy groups hope to convince President Obama to use his executive powers to steer around the Congressional ...Read More

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