A Hawaii legislator is advocating for legalization of marijuana cultivation, manufacturing, and export in her home state, claiming that cannabis could solve a host of problems — from schools and roads to the property tax and the overall poverty of farmers.
"This is going to be an economic engine unparalleled by anything else because we have the perfect soil and we have the ground climate to grow them — our farmers will never be poor again," Democrat Hawaii House Majority Floor Leader Rida Cabanilla said in a video interview.
Cabanilla does not support legalizing marijuana use in Hawaii, just farming, manufacture and export to other countries where cannabis is legal. If her initiative succeeds, she argued, "everyone benefits — the farmers, the manufacturers, and with the revenue that we are going to get that would proliferate in every household in the state." more >>
Across the United States people will soon be holding events over a period of seven days to advance the value of the institution of marriage.
Known as National Marriage Week, the annual event will go from Friday, Feb. 7 through the following Friday, which is St. Valentine's Day.
Sheila Weber, executive director for National Marriage Week USA, told The Christian Post that this will be the fifth year for the observance. more >>
The mother of an 8-year-old autistic boy in Dearborn Heights, Mich., said her son has been told he is not allowed to bring his Bible to school and read it during free period. He has also been mistreated in a number of other ways by the school.
"Putting my son in time outs for 13 hours a week and refusing him lunch, and just absurd things and just, if I did something like that I'd lose my kids!" Jessica Cross said of her son, Jason, who attends Highview Elementary, according to MyFoxDetroit.com.
She added that Jason had been bringing a Bible with him to school and reading it during free period, but was told that the book is "only for church, not school." Cross revealed that despite attempts to speak with school officials, her son's treatment has not improved. more >>
Country music star and "American Idol" Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery began a new tour Thursday and made a powerful declaration before promoting his new album this week.
"I'm not ashamed [of my faith] but I know that everyone doesn't agree with me," the 20-year-old McCreery told FOX411 on Wednesday.
"I wanted to have more songs with religious backgrounds," McCreery said. "When you're out there talking about your faith and what you believe in, you'll face some backlash. But mostly, I've received support." more >>
A family in Stockton, California is mourning the loss of an 8-year-old boy who they remember as "very sensitive, very caring." Julianni Plascencia served as an usher in his church and had recently joined his school's football team when he accidentally hanged himself while playing.
"Replayed the scene, thinking it was a game, didn't understand the severity of it. To be startled and go unconscious and not really know what to do next," Julianni's father, Ronnie, told News10 of what he believes happened to his son.
Julianni reportedly told his older brother that he was going to hang himself but the brother thought it was only a joke. Minutes later, realizing that he hadn't heard any noise from Julianni, the brother went to the room where he had been playing. He was horrified to discover Julianni unconscious with a scarf wrapped around his neck and tied to a doorknob. He immediately called for help, and paramedics were able to briefly revive Julianni. more >>
The Commonwealth of Virginia is one step closer to passing a bill meant to protect student prayer in public schools, as the measure has passed the upper house of the state legislature.
In a close vote on Tuesday, the Va. Senate approved Senate Bill 236, which was sponsored Republican Sen. Bill Carrico of Grayson County.