Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Mississippi and West Virginia maintain country's strictest vaccination laws

Health
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/13/15, 10:38 am

Vaccine-wary parents in Mississippi and West Virginia must continue to comply with mandatory immunization rules for their children to be eligible to attend both public and private schools. Lawmakers in both states rejected legislation last week that would have introduced a religious exemption into their current laws.

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Sham universities create student visa loopholes terrorists could exploit

Immigration
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/06/15, 10:40 am

Immigrant student Bhanu Challa unexpectedly traded her anticipated diploma for handcuffs in 2011, during a federal crack-down on universities suspected of visa fraud.

“I was blank, totally blank … ,” Challa said, recalling her shock. “I didn't know what to do, who I could approach.”

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Business classes transform inmates into CEOs

Prison
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/23/15, 04:23 pm

Richard Chavez Jr. has an ambitious business plan. He seeks $50,000 in seed money for a proposed mobile youth counseling center set to launch in 2020. It could be earlier if he gets paroled.

Chavez is serving an eight-year sentence in a Texas prison for aggravated assault. While incarcerated, though, he is participating in a unique program designed to encourage prisoner reform and reduce recidivism through the teaching of business concepts.

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