Maryland http://www.kunc.org en Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky http://www.kunc.org/post/enforcing-prison-rape-elimination-standards-proves-tricky On a recent day at the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women, inmates in jumpsuits peek out of their cells to see three men with clipboards walk into the housing unit. These men are auditors doing a practice inspection. They're here to see if the facility complies with a federal law called the <a href="http://ojp.gov/programs/prisonrapeelimination.htm" target="_blank">Prison Rape Elimination Act</a>, or PREA.<p>Auditors Steven Cubello and Howard Ray start at a line of phones. There's no sign with the toll-free hotline that inmates can use to report an assault. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 20:16:00 +0000 Laura Sullivan 55125 at http://www.kunc.org Enforcing Prison Rape Elimination Standards Proves Tricky How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution http://www.kunc.org/post/how-mass-produced-meat-turned-phosphorus-pollution It's a quandary of food production: The same drive for efficiency that lowers the cost of eating also can damage our soil and water.<p>Take the case of one simple, essential chemical element: phosphorus.<p>Phosphorus is one of the nutrients that plants need to grow, and for most of human history, farmers always needed more of it. Thu, 02 Jan 2014 10:22:00 +0000 Daniel Charles 53191 at http://www.kunc.org How Mass-Produced Meat Turned Phosphorus Into Pollution Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement http://www.kunc.org/post/take-state-and-shove-it-new-secession-movement There's a big race right now to become the 51st state.<p>Forget traditional contenders like Puerto Rico. In several existing states, residents of less populous areas are hoping to create new states of their own.<p>Citizens in 11 mostly northeastern Colorado counties are among them. They'll vote on Nov. 5 whether to break off and form their own state. Many are unhappy about liberal state legislation they believe reflects the values of the Denver-Boulder corridor, but not their part of the world.<p>"We're rarely listened to when it comes to legislation," says Butch White, the mayor of Ault. Mon, 28 Oct 2013 18:22:34 +0000 51276 at http://www.kunc.org Take This State And Shove It: The New Secession Movement Shutdown And Out: Waiting For The Train Home http://www.kunc.org/post/shutdown-and-out-waiting-train-home Two extra midday commuter trains left D.C.'s Union Station this afternoon, shuttling<a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/10/01/228046160/no-end-in-sight-as-government-shutdown-begins"> federal employees deemed "nonessential"</a> home to Virginia and Maryland.<p>A mass of people, many with government ID badges dangling around their necks, clustered below the MARC train schedule board. Some chatted quietly or munched on granola bars, briefcases at their feet. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 22:13:00 +0000 50284 at http://www.kunc.org Shutdown And Out: Waiting For The Train Home New Maryland Firearms Law Rides In On A Wave Of Gun Sales http://www.kunc.org/post/new-maryland-firearms-law-rides-wave-gun-sales One of the strictest gun laws in the nation went into effect in Maryland on Tuesday. The new law bans assault rifles and high-capacity magazines, and it makes Maryland one of only six states that require handgun purchasers to get fingerprinted and take gun safety courses.<p>Gun owners in the state aren't happy, and in recent weeks, they've been flocking to snap up firearms. On Monday, outside Fred's Sporting Goods in Waldorf, there was a huge crowd and a countdown sign advertising: "1 day left."<p>The law is just a lot of "bureaucratic nonsense," says gun owner Leslie Cates. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:21:00 +0000 Jacob Fenston 50281 at http://www.kunc.org New Maryland Firearms Law Rides In On A Wave Of Gun Sales