June 21, 2016

News Notes

A court where prison is not the solution

The national League of Women Voters is coming out for DC statehood, another sign of the changing politics of this issue. When the statehood movement started four decades ago, the local LWV was a major opponent.

According to the U.S. Forest Service, tree mortality from bark beetles and drought has reached over 29 million trees, up from 3.3 million trees in 2014. Researchers at the Carnegie Institution for Science have learned that approximately 58 million additional large trees are suffering from severe canopy water losses.

About one in 10 of California State University’s 460,000 students is homeless, and one in five doesn’t have steady access to enough food,  according to the initial findings of a study  launched to  better understand and address an issue that remains largely undocumented at the nation’s public universities.

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