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ND makes the grade in a national report evaluating public school support; SCOTUS justices express free speech concerns about GOP-backed social media laws; NH "kids on campus" program boosts retention; proposed law bans hemp sales to Hoosiers younger than 21.

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The Supreme Court hears arguments on whether social media can restrict content. Biden advisors point to anti-democracy speeches at CPAC, and the President heads to the US-Mexico border appealing to voters on immigration and border issues.

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David meets Goliath in Idaho pesticide conflict, to win over Gen Z voters, candidates are encouraged to support renewable energy and rural America needs help from Congress to continue affordable internet programs.

California

A new report shows that people who complete Prop 47-funded programs like those offered at Safe Harbor Recovery Center in Los Angeles are much less likely to be reincarcerated. (Safe Harbor)

Tuesday, February 27, 2024

New CA data: Social programs reduce crime

Programs intended to reduce the chances that someone will end up back behind bars are working, according to a new analysis of California state data…

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A groundbreaking study calls for philanthropic foundations to acknowledge past harms and support reparations for Black Americans. (NCRP)

Monday, February 26, 2024

Report: Philanthropy must play role in racial reparations

A new report said philanthropic organizations need to reexamine the source of their wealth, which it asserted often came from systemic racism and …

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Protests in favor of sending U.S. aid to Ukraine are planned across the country on Saturday to mark two years since the conflict began. (Igor Tregub)
Rallies across CA, U.S. planned for anniversary of Ukraine invasion

Pro-Ukraine rallies are planned in Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco as well as cities across the United States this weekend, marking the …

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Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., Sen. Alex Padilla, D-Calif., and Los Angeles Mayor Karen Bass spoke in Los Angeles on Tuesday in support of legislation to fund programs to build affordable housing and help people experiencing homelessness. (Office of Sen. Alex Padilla)
CA lawmakers propose $100 billion for shelters, affordable housing

Democratic leaders in the U.S. House and Senate reintroduced the Housing for All Act, which would put about $100 billion over 10 years toward solving …

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The lands under consideration for the Sáttítla National Monument in the Medicine Lake Highlands are currently managed by the U.S. Forest Service. (Bob Wick)
Tribes call for new Sáttítla National Monument in northeastern CA

Tribes in far northeastern California are pressing President Joe Biden to create a new national monument about 30 miles from Mount Shasta. The Pit …

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A recent survey from the California Health Care Foundation found that almost three-quarters of low-income people say they skipped or postponed health care because of cost in the past year. (Kenishirotie/Adobestock)
Public comment sought on proposal to limit growth in health-care costs

Health plan premiums and deductibles have risen sharply in recent years - so the state Office of Health Care Affordability is proposing to limit growt…

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Many school lunch programs are introducing more non-meat, non-dairy meals to normalize a healthier,  more climate-friendly plant-based diet. (CivilEats)
California leads way in low-carbon school meals

By Naoki Nitta for Civil Eats.Broadcast version by Suzanne Potter for California News Service reporting for the Solutions Journalism Network-Public Ne…

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A new report finds that Californians' per-capita spending on law enforcement has risen by 52% since 1990. (Pixel-Shot/Adobestock)
Report: Police agencies spending more, solving fewer crimes

A new report shows that despite record spending on law enforcement in California, the clearance rate - that is the rate of crimes solved - was the …

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The Ports for People ordinance calls for more vessels like the Maersk ship Laura, which is the first low-emissions container ship powered by methanol. (Jens Dorhn/Creative Commons)
Conservation group promotes 'Ports for People' ordinance

Groups concerned about air pollution and public health are asking the city councils of Long Beach and Los Angeles and their respective Harbor Commissi…

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Juntos Park in Los Angeles' Glassell Park neighborhood is being renovated with funds from a pilot project run by the nonprofit GreenLatinos. (LA County Parks and Rec.)<br />
'GreenLatinos' offers $1 million in grants for green spaces in L.A.

Up to $1 million in grants are up for grabs in Los Angeles for local groups to build or expand community parks, gardens and green spaces. The Bezos …

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A report from the Public Policy Institute of California found that shoplifting rose more than 28% in 2022 after dipping during the pandemic, but remains 8% below its pre-pandemic level. (Mihail/Adobe Stock)
Hearing on CA retail theft draws diverse views

California lawmakers are considering a range of options to combat a rise over the last two years of felony retail theft - large-scale shoplifting - an…

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Studies indicate that fluoride varnish can prevent about one-third of cavities in baby teeth. (Lucky Business/Adobestock)
For Children's Dental Health Month, expert tips on avoiding cavities

February is Children's Dental Health Month - and experts advise parents to start with the basics right away, even with newborns. Parents should …

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