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Archive: October 23, 2015

A recent report criticizes Arizona charter schools. Credit: Center for Media and Democracy

PHOENIX – Arizona charter schools are skating by with too little supervision – according to a recent report by the nonprofit advocacy group the Center for Media and Democracy. Arizona has 170,000 students attending 556 charter schools – schools the report says have received $69 m ...Read More

New research finds that the number of women opting for out-of-hospital childbirth is on the rise. Credit: JakeCampbe/freeimages.com.<br />

NEW YORK - The number of out-of-hospital births, including home births and birthing-center deliveries, are up in New York and nationwide. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 1 percent of deliveries in New York in 2012 were out-of-hospital births, up from ...Read More

The federal government has spent almost $3.5 billion on grants to charter schools. Courtesy: PRWatch.org

NEW YORK - A new study of charter schools has found a serious lack of accountability for federal dollars flowing to problem-plagued schools. More than 230 charter schools are in the state of New York, with almost 100,000 students. Lisa Graves, director of the Center for Media and Democracy, which ...Read More

Samantha Ames, second from right, says a measure to be introduced in New Hampshire next session follows a national trend of GOP lawmakers turning thumbs-down on gay-conversion therapy. Courtesy: National Center for Lesbian Rights

CONCORD, N.H. - The stage is set for the Granite State to tackle a hot topic next legislative session: so-called gay conversion therapy. A Republican lawmaker has announced plans to file a measure that would ban conversion therapy for minors in New Hampshire. Staff attorney Samantha Ames with the ...Read More

Missouri remains among the worst in the nation, according to the latest state rankings on energy efficiency. Credit: ACEEE

ST. LOUIS - When it comes to policies and practices that move states into a cleaner, more energy-efficient future, Missouri is not making the grade, according to an annual scorecard. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Missouri 44th in the nation, exactly where it was last ye ...Read More

New limits have been placed on the cost of phone calls in prison. Credit: Arnoshwithal/morguefile

WASHINGTON - Phone calls to and from prison inmates in Montana will cost a lot less starting next year, thanks to a decision Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission. The FCC voted to cap the rates and fees and strongly discouraged the providers' practice of paying commissions to the priso ...Read More

A two-day Climate Action Party and Rally is coming to Boise this weekend. Credit: Snake River Alliance

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho gets almost half of its electricity from coal-fired power plants, which emit greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. So today and Saturday, 12 environmental and community groups are throwing a big party and rally in Boise to spur action on the issue. Kelsey Jae Nun ...Read More

The coal-fired Dave Johnston Power Plant in Glenrock, Wyo. Credit: Powder River Basin Resource Council.

CHEYENNE, Wyo. - A group of lawmakers in Cheyenne is meeting today to discuss a bill that would block implementation of the federal Clean Power Plan in Wyoming unless it is approved by the state Legislature - which is considered unlikely - or the plan's legality is upheld in the courts. Wyoming is ...Read More

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