Human Rights

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Swedish Program Aims To Fight High Youth Suicide Rate In Montana

In Montana, the youth suicide rate between 2011 and 2020 was more than double the national rate for the same age group.

 | Maritsa Georgiou

Abortion rights supporters outside the West Virginia Senate chamber.

West Virginia Legislature Passes Abortion Ban With Few Exceptions

The legislation would allow victims of rape and incest to obtain abortions at up to eight weeks of pregnancy, if they report to law enforcement first.

 | AP

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Report: TikTok Search Results Riddled With Misinformation

The amount of misinformation — and the ease with which it can be found — is especially troubling given TikTok's popularity with young people.

 | AP

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LGBTQ+ Individuals Face Heightened Safety Risks In Prison

LGBTQ+ inmates often face bias, discrimination and unsafe circumstances in prison.

 | Cat Sandoval

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Where Do Front Line Workers Go For Help With Mental Health Challenges?

Trauma of tragedy, pandemic burnout and long hours may push physicians to need mental health treatment, but stigma keeps them from getting help.

 | Amber Strong

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Senate Majority Leader Schumer Seeks 10 GOP Votes On Marriage Equality

Earlier this summer, the House passed the Respect for Marriage Act by a vote of 267 to 157.

 | AP

Rainbow-colored fentanyl pills

Officials See Wave Of Rainbow-Colored Fentanyl Across 21 States

The colorful drug comes in various shapes and sizes including pills, powder and blocks that resemble sidewalk chalk.

 | Adi Guajardo

A variety of shelters make up one of the homeless camps along the American River Parkway in Sacramento

Why Is It So Difficult To Tackle Homelessness?

How to resolve homelessness is a long-running topic of conversation, with few easy answers.

 | Tammy Estwick

A doctor shows a Naltraxone implant.

Researchers Developing Implant To Fight Alcohol, Opioid Addiction

Naltrexone is already FDA approved, but not as an implant. Options are being studied and if all goes well, one could be greenlighted in 2024.

 | Lindsey Theis

Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans.

White House Sends Monkeypox Vaccines To Labor Day Weekend Pride Events

Louisiana got 1,500 additional vaccine vials for the Southern Decadence festival in New Orleans.

 | Stephanie Sandoval

Two people sit in a car.

Driving School Pushes Importance Of More Minority, Women Truck Drivers

Amid a truck driver shortage, a push to add diversity to the force is making way for safety and mindset changes in the industry.

 | Amber Strong

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Police Video Of Fatal Encounter Shows Lack Of De-Escalation

Activists are asking why an unarmed person wound up dead, and are accusing police of using disproportionate force.

 | AP

People protesting abortion bans.

Abortion Trigger Laws Take Effect In 3 More U.S. States

Trigger laws restricting access to abortion took effect Friday in Tennessee, Texas and Idaho.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

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Officers Won’t Face Any Charges In Rayshard Brooks Shooting

A special prosecutor will not charge two White Atlanta police officers after the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Retired veteran and mental health advocate Sam Peterson

KMGH: As Mental Health Is More Widely Acknowledged, Men Still Struggle

A growing number of men are speaking up and spreading awareness about the importance of other men prioritizing mental health.

 | Dan Grossman and Scripps News Denver

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3 Arkansas Officers Suspended After Video Captures Beating

Two state deputies and a Mulberry police officer were put on suspension after the incident.

 | AP

Judge Puts Utah Ban On Transgender Kids In Sports On Hold

Similar cases are underway in states such as Idaho, West Virginia and Indiana.

 | AP

Pope Francis waves to people.

The Meaning Behind Pope Francis' Meeting With Transgender People

Some say Pope Francis' meeting with transgender people may not translate into doctrinal change, but it could lead to cultural acceptance.

 | Amber Strong

A Victim Of Human Trafficking Shares Their Story

A major FBI crackdown on human trafficking recently freed dozens of minors. A former victim explains how trafficking happens.

 | Cat Sandoval

A person holds a shirt with a photo of Brianna Grier's face above.

Brianna Grier Funeral Raises Calls For Mental Health Response Teams

Brianna Grier died after sustaining injuries in police custody. Funeral attendees called for mental health support and justice in the investigation.

 | Maura Sirianni

Vermont state Sen. Becca Balint

Sen. Becca Balint Wins Vermont's Democratic Primary For U.S. House

Balint defeated Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, a more centrist candidate who was supported by the state's Democratic establishment.

 | AP

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Chicago Bakery Attacked For Drag Brunch Illustrates A Social Conflict

A Chicago bakery attacked for planning a drag brunch is now allowed to host the event, but the journey to get there wasn't easy.

 | Meg Hilling

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How Mass Shootings Have Rattled The American Jewish Community

Many recent mass shootings have largely hit Jewish communities, and now the communities have had to come to grips with tragedy.

 | Scripps News Staff

Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Ky.

4 Officers Are Now Charged In The Death Of Breonna Taylor

The bulk of the charges in this latest indictment surround the search warrant used to get into Taylor's apartment.

 | Maura Sirianni

J. Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao are shown.

Officers Kueng, Thao Sentenced For Their Roles In George Floyd Arrest

The sentencings mark the latest chapter in the search for justice following George Floyd’s fatal arrest more than two years ago.

 | Meg Hilling

Former Minneapolis police officers J. Alexander Keung and Tou Thao

Ex-Cops Kueng, Thao Sentenced For Violating George Floyd's Rights

The former Minneapolis officers were convicted in Feb. of two counts of violating George Floyd's civil rights as Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck.

 | AP

Abortion-rights supporters

Kentucky Judge Extends Block Of State's Abortion Ban

The injunction from Circuit Judge Mitch Perry allows the state's only two clinics to continue providing abortions while the case is litigated.

 | AP

Thomas Lane is shown in a photo from the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office in Minnesota.

Former Police Officer Sentenced To 2.5 Years For George Floyd's Death

Thomas Lane was sentenced Thursday for violating George Floyd's civil rights.

 | Ben Schamisso

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer

Pressure On Senate GOP After Same-Sex Marriage Bill Passes House

The bill would repeal the Clinton-era law that defines marriage as a heterosexual union between a man and a woman.

 | AP and Scripps News Staff

Former Minneapolis police Officer Thomas Lane

Ex-Cop Thomas Lane Gets 2 1/2 Years On Floyd Killing Federal Charge

Lane is one of three former Minneapolis officers convicted in February of violating George Floyd's civil rights by depriving him of medical care.

 | AP