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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: Parents who had planned to send their children to private schools using North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship vouchers are in limbo after Thursday's Wake County Superior Court ruling that the program is unconstitutional. Photo credit: Chris Potter

RALEIGH, N.C. - A Wake County judge on Thursday ruled against the state's new school voucher program, immediately ending the transfer of millions of public-education dollars to fund private schools. The judge found fault with the "Opportunity Scholarship Program," set to begin this school year. Chr ...Read More

PHOTO: Many Latinos are as concerned about conservation, the environment and public lands protection as immigration issues, according to a new analysis of voter surveys by Latino Decisions and the Hispanic Access Foundation. Photo courtesy of America's Voice.

DENVER - Immigration is often assumed to be the key issue on the minds of Latino voters in Colorado and nationally, but a new report finds those voters also are concerned about the environment. In Colorado, 93 percent of Hispanic voters said it was "very important" for the government to protect pub ...Read More

PHOTO: Immigration is an important issue heading into the fall's election, but another key when it comes to Latino voters is the stance that candidates have on conservation issues. Photo credit: Rob Boudon/Flickr.
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AUSTIN, Texas - As the mid-term elections approach, a new analysis shows that Latinos overwhelming support greater environmental protections, and such conservation issues could influence their voting decisions. The report is from the Hispanic Access Foundation. Its president, Maite Arce, said the r ...Read More

IMAGE: This is a graphic representation of areas of a child's brain that are affected by stressors such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse. (Image provided by UW-Madison)

MADISON, Wis. – Chronic, toxic stress such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have a lasting impact, according to a study just completed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. One of the co-authors of the study, Sarah Romens, says early childhood stress can affect a child for the re ...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: Tensions may have cooled somewhat in Ferguson, Missouri, but protesters continue to take to the streets, leaving many to wonder what it will take to put the city back together. Photo credit: LoavesofBread/Wikimedia Commons.

FERGUSON, Mo. - The unrest in Ferguson over the past two weeks since the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown has deeply moved Missourians and people across the U.S. Experts and politicians are now weighing in on what caused the community's problems, and how to fix them. Many have quest ...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

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