April 22, 2021 — Today, SEJ wrote a letter to Attorney General of the United States Merrick B. Garland calling on the Department of Justice to expand its investigation of the Minneapolis Police Department to include violations of civil rights and of the First Amendment stemming from police targeting journalists in Brooklyn Center and anywhere else in Minnesota that occurred during the recent protests. Read the letter.
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"A federal judge in Illinois has refused to halt city permits for a contested metal recycling plant slated to be built in a pollution-burdened neighborhood in South Chicago."
When a Chicago-based freelancer was just about to hit the road to report a three-part story and TV segment on the potential impacts of two proposed copper mines in the Great Lakes basin, there was a little hitch: The COVID-19 pandemic hit. The new FEJ StoryLog has the story of how Lorraine Boissoneault found the flexibility to complete her grant-supported project.
One especially ambitious element of the Biden infrastructure plan would swap out millions of lead pipes. It’s a massive, costly endeavor, but could remove from the country’s water supply a neurotoxin that harms human health, especially of kids and the poor. TipSheet looks at the new plan and offers ideas for reporting the story in your area.
"Hotly debated legislation would open the state to renewable energy projects, trumping local restrictions."
"A debate over renewable energy in Indiana is scrambling some of the usual politics of energy and the environment.
The wind industry is working with leaders in the Republican-run state government to pass statewide rules for where wind and solar systems can be built, which would allow for more development by replacing the often-restrictive rules now set at the county level.
Understandably, county leaders don’t like that.