US Gov’t Spends 10 Times More on Foster Care and Adoption Than Reuniting Families

US Gov’t Spends 10 Times More on Foster Care and Adoption Than Reuniting Families By Emma Fiala Whether experienced in the foster care system or not, most Americans have at least some idea that the system is flawed and, at times, more harmful than helpful. But just how bad is it, really? As it turns out, according to talkpoverty.org, it’s worse than we thought. The situation is so bad that some find it simply unbelievable and chalk up the idea that government provides an incentive for foster care placements and…

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School District Warns Parents Their Kids Could Be Taken Away Over Unpaid Lunches

School District Warns Parents Their Kids Could Be Taken Away Over Unpaid Lunches By Emma Fiala A school district in Pennsylvania has warned parents that their children could end up in foster care if overdue school lunch bills aren’t paid. About 1,000 parents in the Wyoming Valley West School District received letters outlining the new policy, leading to complaints from parents and the community. The letter indicates that the unpaid bills may lead to dependency hearings and ultimately the removal of the children for interfering with their “child’s right to…

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YouTube Just Fired the First Shot in a New War on Journalism

YouTube Just Fired the First Shot in a New War on Journalism By Emma Fiala Wednesday morning, news began circulating warning that YouTube was about to delete thousands of accounts in the platform’s latest wave of censorship. This time, the massive video sharing platform claimed to be targeting hateful content, “supremacists,” conspiracy theorists and anything that promotes discrimination or segregation based on sexual orientation, religion, race, gender, age and more. Upon hearing the news, regular consumers of independent media knew exactly what to expect: Censorship. Corporate platforms use these vague…

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Illinois to Become 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use

Illinois to Become 11th State to Legalize Recreational Marijuana Use By Emma Fiala Illinois is poised to become the 11th U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana after lawmakers voted on Friday to legalize the plant. Governor J.B. Pritzker assured Illinoisans he would sign the bill that would also automatically expunge criminal records of prior convictions of minor pot possession. This will have a transformational impact on our state, creating opportunity in the communities that need it most and giving so many a second chance. I applaud bipartisan members of the…

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The TSA Just Updated Its Rules to Allow CBD Oil on Flights

The TSA Just Updated Its Rules to Allow CBD Oil on Flights By Emma Fiala Over Memorial Day weekend, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) made an important update to its website. Hemp-derived CBD products may now be carried on airplanes, but only under certain circumstances. The important update has been needed after the 2018 Farm Bill legalized hemp and its derivatives federally. The lag in update has likely confused users of both medical marijuana and CBD oil. Organically Grown CBD Oil and Products Available (Ad) CBD oil is a non-psychoactive…

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