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This week, House Leader Nancy Pelosi announced plans to create an independent commission to study the insurrection at the Capitol on January 6th 

Local Spotlight: The Power Of FOIA

Feb 16, 2021

Journalism is an information business. And while some key pieces of a story may be kept in government databases or storerooms, they don’t always stay secret because of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

The News Roundup — International

Feb 12, 2021

Street protests emerged in the wake of a coup in Myanmar, as President Joe Biden also approved further sanctions on the generals involved in the overthrow of the government led by Aung Sang Suu Kyi this week.

China successfully launched Tianwen-1, its mission to orbit around Mars.

Schools, COVID-19 And A Vaccine For Children

Feb 11, 2021

In an interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, ProPublica reports that a COVID-19 vaccine could be approved for children as young as five by September. That’s just in time for the fall school year.  

Many Americans will recognize violence as a symptom of domestic abuse. But abuse survivors say there are many more facets to the issue. While violence is certainly an issue to take seriously in evaluating such situations, behaviors that demonstrate “coercive control” are also primary symptoms of domestic abuse, not just behavior on the way to a dark and vicious conclusion.

You’ll often hear that novels can be a way for people to empathize with experiences that 

Sen. Amy Klobuchar On Impeachment And Antitrust Legislation

Feb 10, 2021

The Senate impeachment trial for former President Donald Trump is officially underway. The proceedings are expected to take up senators’ afternoons – and possibly evenings – for at least a week. But it’s also the beginning of a new legislative session.

In May 1864, an abolitionist named Charlotte Forten wrote a column in The Atlantic about her time teaching Black children liberated by the Union army in the civil war. She was the first Black woman to be published by the magazine. Her recorded words are an example of a kind of history that’s far too rare.

Black Lives Matter Birmingham’s latest campaign targets private prison company CoreCivic. And they already have results. Regions Bank of Alabama has cut ties with CoreCivic. The company has been tapped to build two new men’s correctional facilities in Alabama.

On a late night in the fall of 2020, a notification popped up on the phone of Kev Marcus. He plays in the duo Black Violin.