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Delia Barajas and Elizabeth Morales, members of the community group Ixchel, review materials they’ve used to educate Cicero and Berwyn residents about school discipline and racial disparities.

April Alonso/The Chicago Reporter

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Racial Disparities Persist In School Discipline

A series of state laws meant to reduce the number of kids getting kicked out of school appears to have worked. That’s the good news. But the bad news is: Those same laws also seem to have magnified racial disparities in school discipline.

The University of Illinois Energy Farm, just south of Urbana.

Madelyn Beck/Harvest Public Media

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Help Or Hinder? Federal Agencies At Odds Over Biofuels

Scott Pruitt’s resignation from the Environmental Protection Agency this month has many in the renewable fuel industry hoping that federal agencies will get on the same page.

Bridge device

Jake Harper/Side Effects Public Media

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Alaska Plans To Spend Government Funds On Indiana-Made Addiction Treatment Device

Alaska plans to use federal grant money to purchase a controversial device used in opioid addiction treatment. Addiction experts argue the device has not been properly studied, and that states should put resources toward more proven therapies, such as medications that are used to treat opioid withdrawals and addiction.