July 24, 2019. WUSF NEWS
Hillsborough County Board Commissioners held a public hearing last week about a proposed budget allocation for affordable housing.
April, the commission directed the County Attorney’s Office to draft an
ordinance for an affordable housing trust fund in an amount of $10
million a year.
There is a remainder of a $5 million budget that
will be added onto the new budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year,
according to the commissioners.
July 18, 2019. Lexington Herald Leader.
Two researchers from Kentucky have co-authored a new study that shows that school suspensions increased criminal behaviors among teens that include assault, stealing, and selling drugs.
The study, by former Elizabethtown resident Thomas James Mowen, now a researcher at Ohio’s Bowling Green State University and John J. Brent, an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University, was published July 12 in Justice Quarterly, a publication of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences. It has received national media attention this week.
“The effect of school discipline aren’t as short-lived as some people think,” Brent told the Herald-Leader Wednesday. “It can create a ripple effect that impacts youth as they move into and enter adulthood.”
July 16, 2019. WATE
Several community groups have requested a public forum to discuss an agreement soon to be made between the Knox County School district and the local law enforcement agencies.
The agreement mentioned is the Memorandum of Agreement
by and between the Knox County Board of Education, Knoxville Police
Department and Knox County Sheriff’s Office, which addresses the roles
and responsibilities of law enforcement agencies at the schools.
“The draft Memorandum of Agreement has been developed largely behind
closed doors and without meaningful opportunity for questions, comments
or input from the public,” according to the release sent by the
June 19, 2019. WPTV
PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. — Undocumented immigrants have a new opportunity in Palm Beach County to get IDs.
Community ID Program, sponsored by the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach
County, does not provide government issued ID cards, but it does offer a
form of photo Identification recognized for city services in West Palm
Beach, Lake Worth, and Belle Glade.
Maribel Gonzalez has lived as an undocumented immigrant in Palm Beach County for seven years.
“I want to be part of the community,” Gonzalez said.
June 19, 2019. WLKY
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A group of civil rights activists met with Louisville Metro Police Department Chief Steve Conrad on Wednesday to urge him to conduct an evaluation of the Police Department’s de-escalation training and policies and how well officers are held accountable for following those policies.
A co-president of the group CLOUT, Citizens of Louisville Organized and United Together, said they had a “positive meeting.”