An inmate walks through the yard at the North Central Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio, which recently switched to private management.

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March 13, 2014 - News Local/State

Why For-Profit Prisons House More Inmates Of Color

A new study by a UC-Berkeley graduate student has surprised a number of experts in the criminology field. Its main finding: private prisons are packed with young people of color.


March 13, 2014 - News Local/State

Some Illinois Counties Oppose Wind-Power Bill

Some counties in Illinois are raising objections to legislation that would give the state Department of Agriculture the authority to regulate the locations of power-generating wind turbines.


Tatyana McFadden wins silver in cross country one kilometer sprint at Paralympics

(AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

March 12, 2014 - News Local/State

McFadden Wins Silver At Paralympics

Tatyana McFadden of Champaign added to her 10 Summer Paralympic medals by claiming her first of the Winter Games on Wednesday.


Notes From Nature allows volunteers to digitally catalog thousands of scientific specimens, like this insect from the Calbug project.

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March 12, 2014 - News Local/State

Evolved Science: Crowds Can Catalog Bugs Faster

The next evolution of science is not happening in a lab, but in a basement in a rural Florida county. Thanks to online crowdsourcing, thousands of non-scientists can visit a site called Notes From Nature and lend a hand to university researchers cataloging their collections, from bark to bugs.


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