Good News Headlines 4/10/17

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Mass. State Board Unanimously Votes Against Arming Teachers

by Jacqueline Thomsen, The Hill

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s board fully supported the resolution against arming teachers, rejecting President Trump’s calls for some teachers to carry firearms in an effort to deter school shootings… Read More



Federal Judge Upholds Massachusetts’s Assault-Weapons Ban

by Erik Larson, Bloomberg

Massachusetts’ ban on assault weapons and large-capacity magazines doesn’t violate the Second Amendment of the Constitution, a U.S. judge ruled, handing a victory to gun-control advocates seeking to pass such a law nationwide as deadly mass shootings become commonplace… Read More



Harvard Study: Clearing Your Mind Affects Your Genes And Can Lower Your Blood Pressure

by Richard Knox, WBUR

Harvard scientists have come up with evidence that the mere act of clearing your mind for 15 minutes each day actually alters how your genes operate… Read More



Boston Marathon Says Trans Runners Can Use Gender Of Choice

from Associated Press

The issue surfaced in March after a blogger cast a spotlight on three openly transgender women who qualified as women and plan to run the race… Read More



Sesame Place Designated As Certified Autism Center

from The Associated Press

The Sesame Place theme park in Pennsylvania has been designated a certified autism center, with staff trained in autism sensitivity and awareness by the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards… Read More



Colombia’s Top Court Orders Government To Protect Amazon Forest In Landmark Case

by Anastasia Moloney, Reuters

Colombia’s highest court has told the government it must take urgent action to protect its Amazon rainforest and stem rising deforestation, in what campaigners said was an historic moment that should help conserve forests and counter climate change… Read More



City Is Using $300,000 In Marijuana Tax Revenue To Fund Safe Streets Program

from Good News Network

The city of Portland, Oregon has unveiled a multi-faceted campaign to end traffic fatalities in the municipality – and a large chunk of the program’s funding is coming from cannabis tax revenue… Read More



Anti-transgender Discrimination Loses In Alaska Vote

by Zack Ford, Think Progress

According to preliminary tallies from the city’s first mail-in election, voters in Anchorage, Alaska appear to have defeated Proposition 1, a controversial measure which would have licensed and mandated discrimination against transgender people… Read More



Sinclair-Owned Station Revolts, Refuses To Air ‘Must-Run’ Segment Written By Pro-Trump Ownership

by Melanie Schmitz, Think Progress

Fox 47 Madison says it’s staying true to its commitment to provide viewers with actual news… Read More



A Small Town Bans Assault Weapons

by Emily Wells, Truthdig

The village board of Chicago suburb Deerfield, Ill., voted unanimously Monday to ban assault rifles and high-capacity magazines—and it’s planning to heavily fine residents who don’t comply… Read More


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