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Domestic violence

If You're A Domestic Violence Survivor With Unexplained
It’s fairly well known that traumatic brain injury -- a complex injury caused by a jolt or blow to the head -- disproportionately affects athletes and soldiers. But what about the 1 in 4 women in the U.S. who are estimated to be survivors of domestic violence?
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How employers can help domestic violence victims
At the Newnan Rotary Club’s luncheon Friday, Rotarians got the opportunity to learn about domestic violence from a different perspective – how domestic violence can affect the workplace.
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Education

Technology won't fix America's neediest schools. It makes
“Technology is a game-changer in the field of education,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan once said, and there was a time when I would have agreed. Over the last decade, I’ve built, used, and studied educational technology in countries around the world. As a computer scientist and former Microsoft employee, I wanted nothing more than to see innovation triumph in the classroom
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Low Education Among Blacks Hidden By Professional Transplants
To a large extent, cities with the highest educational attainment rates have attracted African-American college graduates from out of state. Washington, Atlanta, and the Raleigh-Durham Research Triangle in North Carolina rank highest in black educational attainment. They are also some of the country's fastest-growing tech, education, and government hubs, easily attracting more college graduates from out of state to fill new jobs.
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School Segregation Is Much Bigger Than a Few Schools in The South
A recent desegregation order from the U.S. Department of Justice includes a lot of the checkmarks experts say are important for school districts to meet to reach meaningful school integration, but it is also only one school district in a nation of schools that have failed to integrate after Brown v. Board of Education.
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Environment

N.C. lawmakers override 'ag-gag' bill veto: Will law silence
On Wednesday, the North Carolina General Assembly voted to override GOP Gov. Pat McCrory’s veto of a bill that grants the state’s employers the right to take legal action against people who steal company secrets or covertly record alleged malpractice at farms or factories. The law will take effect in January 2016.
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Here’s What The 2015 Drought Will Do To California’s Economy
The historic drought plaguing California has done more than close golf courses and incite a nationwide debate about almonds — it could result in a $2.7 billion dollar hit to the state’s economy from agricultural losses, according to research released earlier this week by the University of California, Davis.
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Fracking

Study cites lower birth weights near fracking
Babies born to women living near high-density shale gas drilling and fracking sites in three southwestern Pennsylvania counties were more likely to have lower birth weights than babies born to women living further away, according to a new University of Pittsburgh health study.
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Fracking poses risks to drinking water, EPA says, but hasn't caused 'systemic' damage
Hydraulic fracturing, which has transformed the U.S. into an international leader in oil and gas production but stirred deep concerns about its risks to the environment, has not caused “systemic” damage to drinking water but does pose risks, the federal government concluded Thursday after a detailed, four-year review of the controversial drilling method.
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Minimum wage

The impact of a minimum wage
Did the minimum wage really need to increase by two-thirds? According to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Living Wage Calculator, an individual living in the Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana area, who was the sole provider for his or her family (1 adult, 2 children) and worked 2,080 hours a year, would need to earn about $29.84 an hour to earn a living wage and $9.00 an hour to live at poverty level. The living wage is different in various parts of the country.
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 Smart meters

Smart Meter Scandal Now Becoming a Safety Issue
QUEEN’S PARK – The Liberal Government’s smart meters are now potentially harmful to people’s lives, as well as adding to their tax burdens, said PC Energy Critic John Yakabuski today. “A smart meter caught fire and exploded in Collingwood…If a smart meter in Collingwood could catch fire and explode despite your assurances, how do we know there are not tens-of-thousands more like it in the province waiting to go off?” asked Yakabuski.
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What's slowing the savings on 'Smart Meters?'
CHICAGO — The installation of smart meters is going as planned for ComEd. The company has installed more than a million meters as part of the multi-billion dollar smart grid upgrade.
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