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Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Families Mark Victory: Raise the Age Louisiana Act Becomes Law

Louisiana is making a set of critical reforms to its juvenile justice system, including ensuring that 17-year-olds can be placed in that system instead of adult prisons, delivering an important win for the state’s families. On June 14, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed four bills designed to improve Louisiana’s approach to juvenile justice by creating […]

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

Medicaid Expands in Louisiana, Giving 375K People Health Care

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — People interested in getting insurance coverage through Louisiana’s new Medicaid expansion began enrolling on Wednesday.  Gov. John Bel Edwards and Health and Hospitals Secretary Rebekah Gee announced local application centers around the state at an enrollment kickoff event in New Orleans. Louisiana will become the 31st state, plus the District […]

Power Failure: Appalachia Plans for Life Beyond Coal

HARLAN COUNTY, Ky.—On his first shift in the coal mine, Brandon Farley closed his eyes to steady his nerves as the powered cart he was riding disappeared into the mountainside. A third-generation coal miner in this Appalachian corner of Eastern Kentucky, Farley began working in the mines right out of high school and kept at […]

Special Series: Nurturing Leaders Fuels Immigrant’s Work in Tenn.

  For Jazmin Ramirez and her family, who are all undocumented immigrants, the ever-present fear of deportation looms in the back of their minds. But Jazmin, who came to the United States at the age of 7 to join her parents and brother, contributes daily to her community in Tennessee through grassroots advocacy, especially in […]

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

Opinion: Black Union Soldiers From Miss. Deserve Our Respect

In February, during National Black History Month, Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant issued a proclamation officially decreeing April 2016 as Confederate Heritage Month. This proclamation was issued very quietly as it had been done under Gov. Barbour, Gov. Musgrove, Gov. Fordice and so on. However, if it is heritage that should be honored by proclamation, then […]

Group: New Orleans Court Sentences Latinos to Costly Classes

Group: New Orleans Court Sentences Latinos to Costly Classes

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A suburban New Orleans court discriminates against Latinos by charging them for inadequate English interpreters and making them attend overpriced, ineffective English classes as a condition of probation, the Southern Poverty Law Center said Wednesday in a letter to the U.S. Justice Department.  The SPLC complaint centers on practices in 1st […]

Special Series: A Young Latina Is Making Change in Ala.

  For Roshell Rosales Aguilar, contributing to her community means giving a voice to the underrepresented. Roshell, who immigrated to the United States from Mexico at the age of 3, believes that the Hispanic community, especially in Birmingham, Alabama is not well known. “We are present, but we don’t know how to express ourselves,” she […]

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