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Nonprofit funds lawyers to defend news media in 5 states

Jan. 21, 2020 3:01 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A nonprofit press freedom group announced on Tuesday that it would provide pro bono legal services in five states to help local news organizations defend their right to gather and report the news. The Local Legal Initiative of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will...

St. Louis donations wipe away $13 million in medical debt

Jan. 18, 2020 11:32 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Thousands of St. Louis-area families were freed from a major financial burden thanks to a charitable effort that is increasingly popular among churches and other organizations trying to help the needy — eliminating medical debt. Money raised at more than a dozen United Church of...

Florida ex-mayor gets 4+ years in prison for charity fraud

Jan. 18, 2020 10:32 AM EST

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) — The former mayor of a Florida city has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for defrauding a United Way charity while he ran the organization. U.S. Attorney Lawrence Keefe said in a news release Friday that ex-Milton mayor Guyland Thompson pleaded guilty in May to 20...

Prosecutors: Professor spent federal grants at strip clubs

Jan. 15, 2020 7:29 AM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former university professor in Philadelphia who allegedly spent federal grant money on strip clubs and other personal expenses has been charged with theft. Prosecutors in Philadelphia announced the charges against Chika Nwankpa on Tuesday. The former head of Drexel University’s...

New Mexico universities share $5M for forest research center

Jan. 14, 2020 12:09 AM EST

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded two New Mexico universities and the New Mexico Forest and Watershed Restoration Institute a $5 million grant to establish a comprehensive forestry research center for the Southwest. The five-year grant will fund the development of a...

Traverse City nonprofit awarded $10K to provide dog training

Jan. 12, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Neko has trust issues. “He’s a big baby,” Janelle Jewell, a certified professional dog trainer, told the Traverse City Record-Eagle with affection. “I mean, his previous owners said he’s afraid of bumble bees and mice.” But Neko, a...

Fund created to support public education in Rhode Island

Jan. 11, 2020 10:06 AM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A fund has been created to accept donations to support public education in Rhode Island. Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green announced Friday that the nonprofit Rhode Island Foundation established the Fund for Rhode Island Public Education to accept donations from...

W Virginia nursing school gets $100K for pediatric simulator

Jan. 10, 2020 4:40 AM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's Fairmont State University School of Nursing can buy a new pediatric patient simulator after receiving $100,000 in donations. The new simulator manikin will give nursing students essential hands-on experience that isn't always guaranteed in clinical settings, the...

Estrin, Rayford lead nominees for Blues Music Awards

Jan. 8, 2020 4:17 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Rick Estrin and his band the Nightcats are among the leading nominees for the annual Blues Music Awards in Memphis, Tennessee. Estrin and his group have been nominated for eight awards, including band of the year, song of the year and traditional blues artist, according a news release...

Horses at ranch strengthen inmates who are facing release

Jan. 7, 2020 2:16 PM EST

RICHMOND, Mass. (AP) — Spirit is waiting for them at the end of the trail. But, this time, with the other horses in tow, they are not anxious. The medicine hat paint horse with blue "glass" eyes is the most spiritual to the Blackfeet Nation. Yet, to the four inmates trying to work with him — and...