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System isn't keeping guns from mentally ill

The national News21 Initiative brings together a select group of student journalists to produce a major national investigation into a topic of wide interest. This year, News21 has documented the struggle over gun rights and regulations in America to tell the story  “Gun Wars: The Struggle Over Rights and Regulation in America." Over the next two weeks we will be featuring much of their reporting.

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News21: National gun advocacy on the rise

The national News21 Initiative brings together a select group of student journalists to produce a major national investigation into a topic of wide interest. This year, News21 has documented the struggle over gun rights and regulations in America to tell the story  “Gun Wars: The Struggle Over Rights and Regulation in America .”   Over the next two weeks we will be featuring much of their reporting.  

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Obama under pressure to speak out on race

A number of activists want President Obama to advocate for justice in the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. But others say taking a more prominent role in in the case risks further polarizing views at a time when the country is already deeply polarized.

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