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^Sheriff says 'Scared Straight' program helps troubled kids. Experts say it's child abuse<
JAILPROGRAM-JUVENILES:CH — Sheriff's deputies pushed them against jail-yard fences and shoved them to the ground. They yelled and cursed within inches of their faces. They forced them to run for long periods, ignoring pleas for breaks, until some vomited.
Receiving this treatment: kids and teens — one was 8 years old.
None of the children were in custody for breaking the law. But their unruly behavior had troubled parents, who had asked deputies to teach them a tough lesson.
Since its inception in 2013, hundreds of boys and girls have been sent to '"Project S.T.O.R.M.," a jail program in Chester County, S.C., that is designed to scare at-risk kids into better behavior.
The Herald was given permission to observe Project S.T.O.R.M — short for Showing Teens Our Real Mission — in June 2018 and in January. The Herald and The Charlotte Observer then shared video of interactions between deputies and children with six experts. All six criticized the program. Five called the treatment child abuse.
2100 by Tracy Kimball and Ames Alexander. MOVED
^Democratic presidential hopefuls are under pressure to embrace sweeping political reforms<
DEMOCRATS-2020-POLITICALREFORMS:WA — Abolishing the Electoral College. Packing the courts. Ending the filibuster.
Democratic presidential candidates have in recent weeks increasingly called for radical changes to the country's political process — ideas that would transform how the courts and Congress conduct business and even how the country elects its presidents.
It's a new frontier in a primary that has already pushed the boundaries of what Democratic candidates traditionally support, and reflects a deeply felt conviction among liberal activists that big policy goals aren't possible without fundamental changes to the political system.
1000 (with trims) by Alex Roarty and Katie Glueck in Washington. MOVED
^Border gates bring concerns, but some say they will deter smugglers<
BORDER-GATES:AU — As U.S. Customs and Border Protection moves forward on plans to build nearly 90 miles of new border fence in the Rio Grande Valley, construction is already underway on what will be dozens of large border wall gates that some fear will hinder the public's access to wildlife preserves and the migration of threatened and endangered species.
In December, the agency awarded a gate construction contract worth up to nearly $6 million to a San Antonio company whose owner has deep ties to Austin and is a former Democratic political candidate.
The contract calls for the construction of seven gates in Cameron County and comes with an option to build an additional four. In 2017, Congress approved funding for 35 gates in the Rio Grande Valley to plug gaps in existing fencing, often at roads or entrances to wildlife refuges, agricultural land or private property.
1250 (with trims) by Jeremy Schwartz in Austin, Texas. MOVED
^Fed up with high health care costs, a community asks for a better deal<
HEALTHCARE-COSTS-MODEL:SH — St. Anthony Summit Medical Center commands an epic view of the snow-covered mountain valley in Frisco, Colo. It's perched above town, flanked by pine forest and facing frozen Lake Dillon.
But the attractive setting comes with not-so-attractive prices.
A hospital visit in this ski town costs about 40 percent more than a visit less than 100 miles away in Denver. In 2015, an overnight hospital stay cost 80 percent more, according to a study commissioned by the Summit Foundation, a local community group with a mission to help working families.
High prices for medical services — here in Summit County and across rural western Colorado — have left many residents struggling financially.
Now local leaders are working on a plan to drive down prices that could be a model for the state and other places facing high health care costs.
2150 (with trims) by Sophie Quinton in Frisco, Colo. MOVED
^SCIENCE, MEDICINE, ENVIRONMENT<
^Trump plan to beat HIV hits rough road in rural America<
MED-HIV-RURAL:KHN — One of the goals President Donald Trump announced in his State of the Union address was to stop the spread of HIV in the U.S. within 10 years.
In addition to sending extra money to 48 mainly urban counties, Washington, D.C., and San Juan, Puerto Rico, Trump's plan targets seven states where rural transmission of HIV is especially high.
Health officials and doctors treating patients with HIV in those states say any extra funding would be welcome. But they say strategies that work in progressive cities like Seattle won't necessarily work in rural areas of Alabama, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Oklahoma and South Carolina.
1100 by Jackie Fortier in Oklahoma City. MOVED
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