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PHOTO: Educate Maine, a group of business leaders, has issued its annual report of 10 indicators it believes best measure Maine’s educational performance -- and 10 goals for 5 years from now. Photo courtesy of Educate Maine.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine has a new report card evaluating its education system, issued by a group of the state's business leaders. The annual Education Indicators report, released by Educate Maine, shows 10 areas along the pipeline from preschool through post-secondary that the group says mak ...Read More

PHOTO: Attorneys across Texas are being recognized for providing about $500 million worth of legal services to low-income residents each year. Photo credit: Stuart Seeger/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - This is National Pro Bono Week, and while it will soon come to a close, the dramatic need for affordable legal services in Texas is a real struggle that continues each and every day. Attorney Harry Reasoner, chair of the Texas Access to Justice Commission, says with around five-mil ...Read More

PHOTO: Andy Hoover of the Pennsylvania ACLU says the state's new Revictimization Relief Act is unconstitutional. Governor Tom Corbett signed the bill into law on Tuesday. Photo credit: Pennsylvania ACLU.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Days after convicted murderer Mumia Abu-Jamal delivered a taped address at his alma mater at Godard College in Vermont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett signed the state's Revictimization Relief Act into law near the site of the 1981 slaying of Philadelphia police officer Daniel F ...Read More

PHOTO: Attorney Chris Stombaugh, president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice, says a recent $25 million medical malpractice award in a Milwaukee case, where a woman lost all her limbs because of a missed diagnosis, is a reasonable award, given the catastrophic nature of the woman's injuries. (Photo courtesy of Wisc. Assn. for Justice)

MADISON, Wis. - The president of the Wisconsin Association for Justice says a recent verdict demonstrates a need for change in the state's malpractice laws. A Milwaukee woman, Ascaris Mayo, who lost all four limbs because of medical malpractice, recently won a more than $25 million jury verdict, in ...Read More

PHOTO: Arturo Hernandez is receiving sanctuary from the First Unitarian Society of Denver, in an attempt to call attention to the need to keep his family together rather than be deported. Photo courtesy of Hernandez.

DENVER – Today will be Arturo Hernandez's first full day living inside a church – the First Unitarian Society of Denver. A 15-year Colorado resident, Hernandez says he faces deportation and is working with the Metro Denver Sanctuary Coalition to ask Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ...Read More

PHOTO: A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by the ACLU against the Arizona Dept. of Corrections, alleging inadequate medical care and mental-health treatment for inmates and overuse of solitary confinement. Photo courtesy of the FBI.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) has chosen to settle rather than fight a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, and others, over the healthcare services provided to prison inmates. Attorney Dan Pochoda, senior counsel with the ACLU of Arizona, says unde ...Read More

PHOTO: Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington in legalizing recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in Lewiston and South Portland next month. Photo credit: Mark Scheerer.

PORTLAND, Maine – Maine could follow in the footsteps of Colorado and Washington and legalize recreational marijuana use by 2016, according to advocates who have gotten pro-pot initiatives on the ballot in two Maine cities next month. Voters in Lewiston and South Portland will be able to cas ...Read More

PHOTO: A new state law underscores the need for drivers in Connecticut to give right of way to those not in a vehicle. Photo courtesy of Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center.

HARTFORD, Conn. – It's a new law that underscores the need for local drivers to yield the right of way to those sharing Connecticut roads on bikes, using wheelchairs and on foot. Careless drivers injure hundreds of people in the state each year, says Kelly Kennedy, executive director of Bike ...Read More

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