WASHINGTON — Prisoners should be provided free education in order to reduce crime and recidivism, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich declared at a gathering of conservative advocates of prison reform.
Right on Crime, a Texas-based coalition of conservative public figures and elected officials, had a two day Leadership Summit at the Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center Tuesday and Wednesday.
Newt Gingrich gave remarks at the Wednesday morning session, describing some of the needs he believed had to be met for meaningful prison reform. more >>
A church in Iowa that lost its century-old building to flooding broke ground recently on a new $2 million facility.
Salem United Methodist Church of Cedar Rapids, which lost the building in 2008, held a groundbreaking for its new building Sunday between worship services.
The $2 million project will include space for a sanctuary, classrooms, nursery, offices, and library, church officials said. From June 2008, to November 2010, Salem members worshiped at three sites before landing at the 33rd Avenue location. more >>
The government of North Korea has issued a rare public apology after a "serious accident" occurred, when a 23-story apartment building collapsed last week in Pyongyang, with an unconfirmed number of people killed.
Korean Central News Agency reported on Sunday that Minister of People's Security Choe Pu Il "said the responsibility for the accident rests with him as he failed to uphold well the Workers' Party of Korea's policy of love for the people. He repented of himself, saying that he failed to find out factors that can put at risk the lives and properties of the people and to take thorough-going measures, thereby causing an unimaginable accident."
General Officer of the Korean People's Internal Security Forces Sonu Hyong Chol also shouldered the blame for the accident, and said that he was in charge of the construction. more >>
As people in Southern California continue evacuating from wildfire-scorched areas, authorities have said there are suspensions over how the fires got started. A badly burned body, the first reported casualty, was also found late Thursday in a San Diego suburb.
"We all have suspicions like the public does when we have nine fires that started all over the county," San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore said, according to ABC News. "We are actively investigating the start of those fires."
While dry conditions and high temperatures are said to have left the area prone to such natural disasters, officials will be looking into the possibility that some of the fires could have been started intentionally. more >>
Thousands of people are fleeing their homes in Southern California on Thursday as numerous wildfires have broken out.
"This is May, this is unbelievable. This is something we should see in October," said Carlsbad fire chief Michael Davies according to BBC News.
While there have been no fatalities reported yet, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. declared a state of emergency in the County of San Diego on Wednesday. more >>
At least 232 people are dead following a major explosion at a coal mine in western Turkey, with close to 200 people reportedly trapped by fire two-thirds of a mile underground.
"We are heading towards this accident likely being the deadliest ever in Turkey," Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said at the scene in Soma, which is 298 miles southwest of Istanbul, Reuters reported.
According to CNN, the explosion was caused by a transformer which blew up on Tuesday, creating a fire that was still raging on Wednesday, preventing rescue workers from reaching the miners trapped deep underground. more >>