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Gap between rich, poor schools doubled in 4 years

As demonstrated in a recent study, Pennsylvania is designated among the worst states in educational disparity. The public impression of the state's damaged educational system helped drive the November 4th election loss for Governor, Tom Corbett.

In transition to independent living, the ‘dignity of risk’ for the mentally ill

Renewed enforcement of a 1999 Supreme Court ruling is making it more possible than ever for people with mental illnesses and other disabilities to live independently, but they are encountering plenty of challenges along the way.

Charities risked tax-exempt status with political ads

Nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations are prohibited from participating in politics, but that didn't stop some groups from airing ads.

Court to look again at juvenile life sentences

The U.S. Supreme Court in 2012 ruled that mandatory life without parole for juveniles was unconstitutional. Now the court may clear up whether that ruling is retroactive.

In Navajo country, coal gives life — and takes it, some say

The Four Corners coal-fired plant is an economic boon and a health hazard for the Navajo Nation.

Fired: Texas regulators say they tried to enforce rules, lost jobs

Two former inspectors for the Texas Railroad Commission, which regulates the state's oil and gas industry, said the agency has a culture of going easy on the industry.

Sloppy fracking practices result in large methane leaks, study finds

New research looks at methane leaks from natural gas operations.

Copenhagen lighting the way to greener, more efficient cities

Copenhagen switches outmoded technologies in public outdoor lighting for a system that uses less energy and creates an extensive sensory network capable of coordinating a number of functions and services.

City's low disability standards spur fears of litigation, fines

The city of Augusta, Ga., struggles to catch up to the 24-year-old standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the hopes that it can avoid a federal lawsuit.

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