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Tips for Students to Help Prevent School Shootings

It unfortunately seems that the frequency of school shootings has increased. Just yesterday, at least 17 people were killed during a school shooting in Florida. Every time there's a school shooting, the debate on gun control comes to the forefront of the news. While this is a valid debate, it seems that more is at play than just preventing people from being able to buy guns. There may be things that parents, staff members at school, and other students can do to help prevent these tragedies in the future.

Ohio Lethal Injection Execution Method Ruled Constitutional

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has upheld the constitutionality of Ohio's lethal injection protocol. In a unanimous ruling, a three judge panel upheld the district court's previous decision denying death-row inmates Raymond Tibbetts and Alva Campbell their request to enjoin their pending executions. It's the latest case in a string of stories concerning the state's method of execution.

When Is It Illegal for a Nursing Home to Evict Residents?

There are broad legal protections for nursing home residents. Federal and state laws prevent nursing homes from arbitrarily evicting patients, a process called 'involuntary discharge.' Yet complaints about wrongful nursing home evictions are rising. It's a problem that wraps up the care needs of resident patients with the difficult realities of running a nursing home.

Are Curfew Laws Legal?

We all remember being young and having a curfew set by our parents. You'd be out having fun with your friends and then your curfew would be approaching, so you'd have to cut your fun short and go home. While you may have thought your experience with curfews would end once you moved out of your parents' house, there are still curfew laws that everyone must abide by. In fact, there are a variety of curfew laws, including juvenile curfew laws, emergency curfew laws, and business curfew laws.

When people debate abortion laws, the reason for the abortion often underlies many of the arguments. Among other assertions, pro-life proponents oppose abortion on religious grounds or argue that women shouldn't be able to end a life because they regret getting pregnant. Pro-choice advocates contend rape victims shouldn't be forced to bear the children of their rapists and bemoan any government intrusion into a woman's ability to end a woman's pregnancy.

But when it comes to legislatures and courts, the specific reasons for an abortion are, for the most part, left aside. And abortion restrictions are based more on the when and how rather than the why. But Ohio is one state trying to bring a woman's reason for an abortion into play. The state just banned abortions based on fetal diagnoses of Down syndrome.

In the wake of more and more mass shootings, the House of Representatives passed the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017, a bill that would require each state to recognize concealed carry permits issued in other states.

Proponents of the new law claim it would reduce confusion caused by conflicting state laws on gun ownership and ease travel for gun owners. Opponents say that states with strict gun control laws would be forced to follow much looser firearm restrictions passed by other states. So how would concealed carry reciprocity actually work?

We all know to call 911 in an emergency. But some of us may be hard of hearing or speech impaired, and some emergencies don't allow for a safe phone call conversation with police dispatchers. So this week, Los Angeles County rolled out its "Text-to-911" service, giving Burbank, Glendale, Long Beach, and Los Angeles residents the ability to text 911 in the case of an emergency.

But texting 911 is not meant to entirely replace calling 911 as the primary contact for emergency services, and there are some caveats to texting 911. Here's what you need to know.

In recent years, many, if not all states have proposed drug testing applicants for and recipients of public assistance programs. Despite recent evidence that welfare applicants test positive for drugs at a rate far below the national average (and that the cost of drug screening welfare recipients far outweighs the savings of denying welfare access to drug users), legislation requiring some form of drug testing for public assistance recipients proliferates.

The legality of this legislation may depend on the assistance program involved and the screening required. Here's a look.

Endangered and threatened species are protected for a reason: once a species is extinct, there's no bringing it back. (Sorry, Jurassic Park aficionados.) So the Endangered Species Act aims to protect threatened and endangered species of plants and animals, as well as the habitats in which they are found.

So what happens if someone kills an endangered species? The answer to almost every legal question is: it depends. And when it comes to endangered species, it will generally depend on who's doing the killing.

Summer is here, which means it's road trip time! And if packing up the car, truck, camper van, or RV includes packing a firearm, that means taking a little more care on the nation's highways and byways, legally at least.

Gun control laws can vary significantly from state to state, so if you're planning an interstate road trip, make sure you're aware of each jurisdiction's firearm statutes. And here are some other legal issues you should be familiar with, from our archives: