- State moving inmates from regional jails to save money Updated: Feb-05-16 9:25 pm
JACKSON, Mississippi - Budget problems are forcing the Mississippi Department of Corrections to cut the state inmate population at county regional jails.
- Wyoming K-12 enrollment up despite some shrinking districts Updated: Feb-05-16 8:39 am
CASPER, Wyoming - Though enrollment in K-12 schools in Wyoming has increased some individual districts have seen shrinking student populations, putting pressure on schools and costing them money.
- UN: At least 200 million females estimated to be circumcised Updated: Feb-04-16 7:21 pm
UNITED NATIONS - At least 200 million girls and women in 30 countries are estimated to have undergone female circumcision - half of them in Egypt, Ethiopia and Indonesia, the U.N. children's agency said in a report released Thursday night.
- Study: Kansas elderly population to double, outnumber kids Updated: Feb-03-16 2:18 pm
WICHITA, Kansas - The number of Kansas residents older than 65 is expected to double in the next 50 years, outnumbering children for the first time in state history as the population ages and more working-age families leave the state in search of better opportunities, a forecast released Wednesday said.
- In Mideast wars, hunger grips millions across the region Updated: Jan-29-16 5:40 am
BEIRUT - In a Middle East torn apart by war and conflict, fighters are increasingly using food as a weapon of war.
- City officials: Sioux Falls gained 3,500 residents in 2015 Updated: Jan-26-16 7:29 pm
SIOUX FALLS, South Dakota - Officials in South Dakota's largest city say it grew by 3,500 residents last year.
- North Dakota studies overhaul of crowded correctional system Updated: Jan-26-16 3:07 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - North Dakota's correctional system is over capacity and inmate populations are increasing at some of the fastest rates in the nation - and it's only projected to get worse if nothing is done, consultants told top state officials Tuesday.
- Arizona rate of trauma deaths drops as state adds centers Updated: Jan-25-16 1:47 pm
PHOENIX - Arizona health officials say the state's rate of trauma deaths has dropped significantly as the number of trauma centers has risen across the state, particularly in rural communities.
- Las Vegas land not dirt cheap or selling like it once was Updated: Jan-22-16 2:01 am
LAS VEGAS - Las Vegas once was a hot spot for land speculators, who couldn't get enough desert tracts to develop or flip to other investors.
- Economists tell Arizona lawmakers recovery still underway Updated: Jan-21-16 5:50 pm
PHOENIX - Economists who advise the Arizona Legislature said Thursday they believe the state's financial outlook will continue to brighten at a moderate pace despite pressure from national and world markets that have dropped in recent weeks.
- UN: Central African Republic facing hunger crisis Updated: Jan-20-16 9:37 am
BANGUI, Central African Republic - The United Nations is warning of a hunger crisis in Central African Republic that is affecting half the country's population.
- North Dakota projects population gains despite oil slowdown Updated: Jan-19-16 4:15 pm
BISMARCK, North Dakota - A new state report says North Dakota should continue to gain population despite a slowdown in oil activity due to depressed prices.
- Get a grip on inequality, leaders urged in run-up to Davos Updated: Jan-18-16 12:15 pm
DAVOS, Switzerland - The world's political and business elite are being urged to do more than pay lip service to growing inequalities around the world as they head off for this week's World Economic Forum in the Swiss ski resort of Davos.
- Once accommodating neighbors now turn back Syrian refugees Updated: Jan-13-16 1:53 am
BEIRUT - After taking in a million Syrian refugees, Lebanon has quietly changed course in recent months, forcing refugees to return to Syria - where they are at risk of persecution or death - or stay illegally, leaving them vulnerable to exploitation and abuse.
- UN: International migration surged 41 percent since 2000 Updated: Jan-12-16 3:57 pm
UNITED NATIONS - The number of people who migrated to foreign countries surged by 41 percent in the last 15 years to reach 244 million in 2015, according to a United Nations study released Tuesday. Of those people, 20 million are refugees. The U.N. is planning a series of meeting to address migration in 2016, including a March 30 gathering in Geneva where countries will be invited to pledge resettlement spots for Syrians fleeing civil war. But while the Syrian refugee crisis has gripped the world's attention, it is but a drop in the sea of international migration.
- Joplin strongly recovering in both population, business Updated: Jan-09-16 10:26 am
After one of the most destructive tornadoes in U.S. history carved a mile-wide scar through Joplin in 2011 and killed 161 people, some thought the southwest Missouri city would never regain its footing.