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Dennis Prager attends Politicon at The Pasadena Convention Center on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2017, in Pasadena, Calif. (Colin Young-Wolff/Invision/AP)

Controversial PragerU videos gain educational foothold in a handful of states

BY: - November 5, 2023

In July, Florida became the first state to allow schools to incorporate instructional videos with a conservative viewpoint from vendor PragerU into their classroom materials. Oklahoma and Montana rapidly followed. New Hampshire in September approved the use of online PragerU videos to satisfy financial literacy requirements in public schools. PragerU and one state education board […]

Midwife Stephanie Mitchell speaks at the Mothers of Gynecology monument in Montgomery, Ala., in August 2023. Mitchell is trying to open a birth center in Alabama and has sued the state. Supporters say such centers could improve birth outcomes in the South, which has some of the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the country. (Anna Claire Vollers/Stateline)

Hospitals block much-needed birth centers in the South

BY: - August 14, 2023

When Katie Chubb announced in 2021 she was planning to open a freestanding birth center in Augusta, Georgia, it seemed like everybody in town was excited about it. She met with local physicians and nurses who said they would welcome her Augusta Birth Center as a provider of midwifery services for low-risk pregnancies. Hundreds of […]