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Trump running mate Vance to deliver 'the most important speech' of his career at Republican convention tonight; Alabama group receives grant to boost FAFSA submissions; Bilingual, multicultural staff needed for NJ addiction treatment; Toledo plant to manufacture EVs with federal funding.

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The Republican National Convention connects crime to migration. Kari Lake and delegates from Texas, Florida, and California talk about border issues. Desantis pokes fun at President Biden and Nikki Haley gives the night's big speech.

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It's grass-cutting season and with it, rural lawn mower races, Montana's drive-thru blood project is easing shortages, rural Americans spend more on food when transportation costs are tallied and a lack of good childcare is thwarting rural business owners.

Family of slain UARK student uses tragedy to help others

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Wednesday, May 22, 2024   

A nonprofit organization is working to reduce the stress on trauma survivors - and it began with a tragedy. "Project Beloved" creates "soft" police station interview rooms. They paint the walls and add comfortable furniture, lamps, rugs and artwork to make them less cold and sterile.

Tracy Matheson, Project Beloved founder, said she created the concept after studying "trauma-informed investigations," which puts the survivor's needs at the forefront.

"The space no longer looks like it belongs in a law enforcement agency, but instead looks like it belongs in someone's living room. And when you bring a victim to that space, they can see that space and perhaps be able to imagine that maybe this isn't going to be as bad," she explained.

Matheson started Project Beloved in 2018, the year after her daughter Molly Jane was raped and murdered in Texas. The 22-year-old was a student at the University of Arkansas. Matheson says her goal is to change the conversation about sexual assault and give trauma survivors a voice. They've worked with police and sheriff's departments and the military to transform more than 100 interview rooms nationwide.

The family lives in north Texas, and the nonprofit was instrumental in passing two sexual assault laws in the state of Texas, including one known as "Molly Jane's Law." Both pieces of legislation require law enforcement to share information nationwide about sexual assault suspects. When Molly Jane Matheson was killed, her parents established a $2,200 scholarship in her name to honor their daughter.

"Molly was a loud and proud Razorback; she really loved her time at the University of Arkansas and had plans to be a social worker. She wanted to work with troubled youth, she was going to be very good at it. And so, it just seemed right that we would establish a scholarship in her name," Matheson said.

University of Arkansas students from Texas and Florida, studying social work, are eligible for the scholarship.


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