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The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. Photo by Francois Polito

SAN FRANCISCO - The Legislature is close to sending a bill to Gov. Jerry Brown that would allow authorities to confiscate guns from at-risk individuals. The bill, AB 1014, is in response to a shooting spree last May near Santa Barbara that left six students dead. Richard Martinez lost his son in ...Read More

PHOTO: Jeremy Murphy of Chicago's South Side says he's had little support from the community as he tries to recover after being shot on two occasions. Photo credit: Carla Murphy/Colorlines.com

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - A national debate over racial injustice is heating up following the fatal police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., and Chicago's violent summer. Amid all the finger pointing, there are forgotten victims, left alone as they face the financial, physical and emotional toll of violent crim ...Read More

PHOTO: Indiana is ranked third in the nation for reports of bullying, and experts say both bullies and their targets can face long-term consequences if the problem isn't addressed early on. Photo credit: Anita Peppers/morguefile

INDIANAPOLIS - With students back in class, efforts are ramping up to stop incidents of bullying. Indiana recently was aranked by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as the third-worst state for bullying behaviors, with an estimated one in four Indiana children saying he or she h ...Read More

PHOTO: Free legal guidance is available at the 5th Annual Community Law Day this Saturday at the University of Nevada Las Vegas. Photo credit: U.S. Justice Department.

LAS VEGAS – Nevadans who cannot afford an attorney can receive free legal guidance in areas of family law, bankruptcy and other matters at the University of Nevada Las Vegas this Saturday. Gabrielle Jones is an attorney with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, which is sponsoring the 5th ...Read More

PHOTO: With continued unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, prayer vigils in Ohio were held to call for justice in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Photo courtesy of Heather Wilson, PICO National Network.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Prayer vigils were held in Ohio last night to call for justice in Ferguson, Missouri, where protests continue in reaction to the fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by a police officer. The Ohio vigils were held at the same time as a 1,000-clergy march and rally ...Read More

PHOTO: Governor Pat Quinn recently signed legislation to expand the scope of the Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force, a year after the task force was first charged with finding solutions to the heroin epidemic in Illinois. Photo credit: Psychonaut/Wikipedia Commons.

JOLIET, Ill. - State leaders are digging deeper for solutions as they try to fight heroin abuse among Illinois youth. The Young Adults Heroin Use Task Force has been hearing testimony and gathering information on heroin use among high school students over the past year. Recently-signed legislation ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the ACLU of Illinois finds racial disparity in consent searches in the state. Photo credit:Flickr user davidsonscott15.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – It's been 10 years since Illinois began collecting data about every traffic stop in the state as a means of curbing racial profiling, and a new study suggests it's not working. Using data from 2013, the study from the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois found Africa ...Read More

PHOTO: When folks head for the Kentucky State Fair, Aug. 14-24 in Louisville, they'll find everything from the traditional fun activities to exhibition booths with information on topics as serious as abolishing Kentucky's death penalty. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - With farm animals, blue ribbons, cotton candy and carnival rides, the Kentucky State Fair starts Thursday in Louisville. In the exhibition halls, amid the colorful booths and free samples, there are also exhibits to get people thinking about serious issues. Organizations opposed t ...Read More

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