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In 13 states, parents and school districts are suing, saying schools aren't getting enough money to serve the needs of students.

In no other state are the courts more baked in to school funding than in Kansas, though.

There, the state Supreme Court will hear arguments on the latest funding case within the next week. If justices don't approve of the legislators' fix to the system, the court could shut down public schools on June 30.

Many manufacturing towns dot the cornfields and highways of Indiana, which holds its presidential primary Tuesday, but two in particular tell the story of very different economic fortunes, and political ties.

Kokomo is an old auto town touched by President Obama's push to bail out the auto industry. And Gary is a rundown steel city with unusual ties to Republican frontrunner Donald Trump, who tried to jump start the city's economy in the '90s and '00s.

But, that doesn't mean the presidential politics there line up with their benefactors.

Hoping to keep your mental edge as you get older? Look after your heart, a recent analysis suggests, and your brain will benefit, too.

A research team led by Hannah Gardener, an epidemiologist at the University of Miami, analyzed a subset of data from the Northern Manhattan Study, a large, ongoing study of risk factors for stroke among whites, blacks and Hispanics living in the Washington Heights neighborhood of New York City.

Amy Scott

School nurses are being enlisted in the fight against opioid overdose. The maker of the overdose treatment drug Narcan Nasal Spray is offering a free supply of the antidote to all U.S. high schools, at a potential cost to the company of millions of dollars. Naloxone, the generic name of the drug, quickly reverses the effects of opioids like heroin and oxycodone, allowing an overdose victim to breathe.

Rob Schmitz

China's government calls its newest environmental campaign "hei chou he," which literally translates to "Black and Stinky Rivers."

Walking through an industrial section of southern Beijing, resident Shi Dianshou thinks he's found one. "Look at all this garbage!" Shi exclaims, descending a riverbank filled with trash and milky white water. "The water is very dirty, too. I’d say this river belongs in the black and stinky category."


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