July 31, 2013

Illinois Lawmakers Looking At High Incidence Of Sexual Abuse In Youth Prisons

Illinois state legislators are considering reforms to the youth prison system to address sexual abuse that was brought to light in a recent federal study.  The study by the bureau of justice statistics found that more than 15 percent of kids in custody reported being victims of sexual abuse. It’s one of the highest rates in the nation and the report is giving advocates new ammunition to push changes they’ve wanted for a long time.


Agricultural work, which is very physically demanding, is also a risky business venture.
(Kirk Siegler/NPR)
July 31, 2013

Farm Laborers Get A Foothold With Their Own Organic Farms

Northern California's Salinas Valley is often dubbed America's salad bowl. Large growers there have long relied on thousands of seasonal workers from rural Mexico to pick lettuce, spinach and celery from sunrise to sunset. Many of these workers seem destined for a life in the fields. But a program that helps field workers, like Raul Murillo, start their own farms and businesses is starting to yield a few success stories.


July 31, 2013

Cities To Begin Making UC2B Non-Profit Entity

Staffers with the cities of Champaign and Urbana will quickly tweak language in a plan to shift operations of the local Big Broadband project to a non-profit entity.


U.S. Army Pfc. Bradley Manning
(United States Army)
July 30, 2013

Bradley Manning Acquitted Of Aiding The Enemy

Former U.S. Army intelligence analyst Bradley Manning has been acquitted of the most serious charge against him -- aiding the enemy -- a charge that carried a potential life sentence.


John Kerry
(Nicholas Kamm /AFP/Getty Images)
July 30, 2013

Israel, Palestinians Eye Peace Deal In 9 Months

Secretary of State John Kerry says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have agreed to meet again within two weeks to continue substantive negotiations on a so-far elusive peace deal. He said the sides had set a goal for a nine-month deadline for reaching a pact.


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