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Gloucester County School Board v. G.G, By His Next Friend and Mother, Deirdre Grimm

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Education,Headlines,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts,Virginia Issues

Docket for the case involving a transgender youth from Virginia. Includes 3/6/17 decision of Supreme Court to remand the case to the lower court, following issuance of new guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice. At issue is whether federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in education also cover issues of gender identity.  From the Supreme Court


Pena-Rodriquez v. Colorado

Categories: Civil/Human Rights,Crime/Justice,Headlines,Hispanics,Sex Issues,Supreme Court/courts

5-3 decision of the Supreme Court reversed the conviction of a defendant charged with sexual misdemeanors when it was learned a juror had uttered racially-biased anti-Hispanic comments in the jury room.  The case pitted concerns about racial bias against the premise that jury deliberations should be confidential.  From the Cornell University Law School Legal Information Institute


Federally Funded R&D Centers Rebound to $18.5 Billion in R&D Spending in FY2015

Categories: Govt Finance,Science/Technology,Statistics

The nation’s 42 federally funded research and development centers  saw spending rise by 4.2% in 2015.  Provides details by funding source, and five year trends in spending levels for the 42 centers including the Thomas Jefferson National Accelerator Facility in Newport News.  From the National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics of the National Science Foundation


EPA Withdraws Information Request for the Oil and Gas Industry

Categories: Energy,Environment,Federal State Relations,Laws/Regulations

Text of announcement that withdraws request that operators of oil and gas facilities provide information on equipment and methane emissions at existing operations.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


Peace Education in Pakistan

Categories: Conflict Resolution,Democracy/Peace,Pakistan

Describes the current status of peace education in Pakistan and some of the problems in promoting this approach.  Examines nine representative peace education initiatives to better understand what types of interventions were most effective and more.  From the United States Institute of Peace


Out-of-Pocket Health Care Expenses for Medical Services, by Insurance Coverage, 2000-2014

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Medicare/Medicaid,Statistics

Examines the percentage of persons with an out-of-pocket payment, the size of the payment as a percentage of a person’s expenses, and the average amount paid out-of-pocket per person.  Also shows how these numbers vary by age of person and type of insurance coverage.  From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality


2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Annual report on U.S. view of human rights conditions in 199 other countries.  Click on regions of the world from left frame.  From the State Department


Utilization of Clinical Preventive Services for Cancer and Heart Disease Among Insured Adults: United States, 2015

Categories: Health Insurance,Health/Medical,Statistics

Presents the proportion of insured adults who received services recommended for the prevention or early detection of heart disease and cancer.  Links improvements in health insurance coverage to improvements in access to health care. From the National Center for Health Statistics


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