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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett Approved Grant for Sandusky Charity, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
When Tom Corbett was Pennsylvania’s attorney general in 2008, he oversaw the beginning of the Jerry Sandusky investigation. Now governor, he approved a $3 million state grant to Sandusky’s charity,the Second Mile. The grant is now on hold.
Contributed by @bponsot
Where City Factories, and Now Babies, Die, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
As local economies suffer, so do the chances of babies making it through the first year of their lives. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel notes that the U.S. has dropped in worldwide infant mortality rankings, with Milwaukee impacted especially hard.
Contributed by @RL_Miller
Felons Finding It Easy to Regain Gun Rights, New York Times
People with felony convictions forfeit their right to own guns, but thousands of felons each year, including those with violent histories, are finding those rights reinstated without even a hearing. The leniency varies based on the state.
Contributed by @jennifergollan
Critics: Fort Carson Policy Targeted Troubled, Wounded Soldiers, Stars and Stripes
An army corporal earned two valor medals in three years in the military, but his life was falling apart otherwise, testing positive for cocaine. The Army moved to get him out of the service, and critics claim Fort Carson is increasingly using the policy against soldiers accused of minor misconduct.
Contributed by @danielle_ivory
Right-to-Know Laws Often Ignored, Associated Press
More than 100 countries have laws granting citizens a right to know what their governments are up to, but whether they follow through on them is an open question. The Associated Press found that only 14 responded in full to a sample request before their legal deadline. More than half didn’t respond, and three out of 10 didn’t even acknowledge the request.
Contributed by @mattapuzzo