Kent Covington
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DOJ finds violence, abuse in Alabama prisons

by Kent Covington
Posted 4/04/19, 10:00 am

The Justice Department issued a scathing report Wednesday on Alabama prisons, giving the state 49 days to correct the “severe” constitutional violations of prisoners’ rights or face a federal lawsuit. The report said inmates endure an “extraordinarily high rate of violence at the hands of other prisoners,” with the number of inmate-on-inmate attacks spiking dramatically in the last 5½ years. Investigators described a culture of violence in which inmates brutally attack each other with knives and other weapons and rapes occur throughout the prisons.

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U.S. restricts backdoor funding of overseas abortions

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/27/19, 11:50 am

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Tuesday that the Trump administration is tightening rules to prevent U.S. taxpayer dollars from paying for abortions overseas. The Global Protect Life policy, formerly called the Mexico City policy, already blocked funding to any nongovernmental organization (NGO) engaged in the abortion business, and Pompeo said the new policy expands that rule.

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Two more flood deaths in the Midwest

by Kent Covington
Posted 3/26/19, 10:31 am

Authorities in South Dakota on Monday found the bodies of two workers in a garbage truck that was swept away in the flooded James River, the South Dakota Highway Patrol said. The 61-year-old driver and 46-year-old passenger, whose names were not released, were last seen Thursday leaving a landfill in Mitchell, S.D. Crews spotted a damaged guardrail Saturday on a highway along the river and later found the truck. Flooding in the Midwest has caused at least three deaths, and two men remain missing in Nebraska.

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