Administration cuts funding from clinics that provide or refer for abortions

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Friday barred clinics that provide abortions or refer patients to abortion providers from receiving any federal funding. Clinics are already barred from using federal money for abortion services. The new rule would block all funding, including those used for other family planning and health services, if there was not…

Howard Brown announces TGNC Health Research Advisory Network

CHICAGO — Howard Brown Health has put out a call for the Chicago portion of the TGNC Health Research Advisory Network. From the email announcement: We’re proud to announce that Howard Brown’s Center for Education Research and Advocacy is leading an innovative transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) Health Research Advisory Network, Four Corners in collaboration with…

Indiana Senate passes weakened hate crimes bill over objections

INDIANAPOLIS — The GOP-dominated Indiana Senate passed a hate crimes bill that had all protected classes removed over the objections of Democrats and the bill’s sponsor. WNIN-TV reported that people who had supported a hate crimes bill were opposing the passage of the changed bill. GOP Gov. Eric Holcomb, who supported the previous version that…

SIU students offering free income tax help

CARBONDALE — A group of Southern Illinois University (SIU) students are preparing taxes for local residents for free. SIU said in a January post on their website that Beta Alpha Psi, an SIU College of Business honors accounting student organization, is sponsoring the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program in 2019 to assist low-and moderate-income…