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Youth Justice Project: Federal Commission on School Safety Recommends Scrapping Anti-Discrimination Guidance Implemented During Obama Administration
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- The Southern Coalition for Social Justice issued the following news release:

The U.S. Department of Education's (DOE) Federal Commission on School Safety has released its final report, which includes a recommendation that the DOE and U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) rescind guidance issued in 2014 aimed at ensuring educational agencies comply with federal obligations to administer student discipline without discriminating based on race, color, or national origin. The guidance:

* Offers direction to school districts on the best ways to avoid discriminatory discipline practices;

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Task Force, Safety Partners Deliver Holiday Safety Message at Annual Spirit-Free Mix-Off
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pennsylvania, Dec. 18 -- Lehigh Valley Health Network issued the following news release:

The Lehigh Valley DUI/Highway Safety Task Force held its 18th annual Spirit-free mix-off at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest on Thursday. The event encourages safe behaviors during the holidays and helps to promote "Operation Safe Holiday" enforcement mobilization efforts in the Lehigh Valley region and Pennsylvania.

Guest servers from local media outlets offered non-alcoholic drinks for judging to educate the community and suggest enjoyable alternatives to using alcohol during the holidays.

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South Sudan: Spate of Sexual Violence
NEW YORK, Dec. 18 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release:

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- Impunity Fueling Roadside Attacks on Women, Girls Around Bentiu

South Sudan's government should urgently investigate rape and other sexual violence against women and girls traveling in the former Unity state and provide protection and services to survivors. Investigations should focus not only on the individual crimes, but also on whether the crimes were coordinated, and they should lead to arrest and prosecution of those responsible.

On November 30, 2018, the medical agency, Doctors Without Borders (Medecins ... Show Full Article

Oklahoma Sees Major Increase in Voter Registration Among Low-Income People by Making Registration More Accessible at Public Assistance Agencies
NEW YORK, OKLAHOMA CITY AND WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law issued the following news release:

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- Advocates Praise Oklahoma's Progress Adding Thousands of Voters to Rolls During Three-Year Settlement

Voting rights advocates are praising important progress in registering low-income people to vote through Oklahoma public assistance agencies in the wake of a settlement agreement that came to a formal close on November 30. The agreement, in effect since 2015, was the result of outreach to state officials by the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, the League ... Show Full Article

NWLC Responds to Betsy DeVos' Proposal to Revoke the Department of Education's Rethink Discipline Guidance
WASHINGTON, Dec. 18 -- The National Women's Law Center issued the following statement:

The following is a statement by Emily Martin, Vice President for Education & Workplace Justice at the National Women's Law Center (NWLC):

"Today, during the week before Christmas when millions may not notice, Secretary DeVos once again took steps to undermine the civil rights of students. By calling on the Department of Education to revoke guidance that reminded schools of their responsibility to address racial discrimination in school discipline, Secretary DeVos' so-called School Safety Commission endorsed ... Show Full Article

Massachusetts Tops Milken Institute's 2018 State Technology and Science Index, Bolstered by Research, Investment, and Entrepreneurial Activity
LOS ANGELES, Califotnia, Dec. 18 -- The Milken Institute issued the following news release:

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- Colorado, Maryland, California, and Utah round out top five in report on states' performance in high-tech innovation, education, and investment

Massachusetts retained its No. 1 ranking in the Milken Institute's 2018 State Technology and Science Index, a biennial assessment of states' capabilities and competitiveness in a tech-focused economy.

The top four states were unchanged from the 2016 index. Colorado ranked No. 2, followed by No. 3 Maryland and No. 4 California. Fifth-place Utah was the ... Show Full Article

'Samaritan's Purse' Nabs PETA Award for Helping With Rescue of Big Cats
BOONE, North Carolina, Dec. 18 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release:

A Compassionate Action Award is on its way from PETA to Samaritan's Purse, the Boone-based Evangelical charity led by Franklin Graham, in honor of the group's assistance in transferring a lion and a tiger from the Pacific island of Saipan to The Wild Animal Sanctuary in Colorado.

Samaritan's Purse airlifted more than 80 tons of relief supplies to Saipan in the aftermath of Typhoon Yutu. On the organization's third relief flight, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and U.S. officials ... Show Full Article