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Victims of trafficking often end up with criminal records resulting from forced actions during enslavement, making it difficult for them to rebuild their lives after being freed from enslavement. Why?

OMAHA, Neb. (RNS) — In Nebraska, many residents are getting a first look at their homes since floodwaters raged weeks ago. Local churches, national faith-based disaster relief groups, and state and federal officials are stepping in to lend a hand with the recovery.

OMAHA, Neb. (BP) -- Southern Baptist Disaster Relief (SBDR) leaders have established several sites in the Midwest to respond to historic flooding that has created at least $3 billion in damages in recent weeks.

U.S. states with higher levels of gun ownership and those with fewer restrictions have higher rates of mass shootings, according to research published this month by a United Kingdom-based medical journal.

CHICAGO (BP) -- A three-judge panel of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago ruled unanimously the long-standing clergy allowance does not violate the First Amendment clause that prohibits government establishment of religion, reversing a federal judge's 2017 opinion.

Funding for K-12 schools in the U.S. has increased in recent years, but in 24 states, it remains below levels before the “Great Recession,” according to a Center on Budget and Policy Priorities’ (CBPP) report published March 6.

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (BP) -- As a tornado ripped through Baptist deacon Barry Gullatte's home in eastern Alabama, he and his family could feel themselves being sucked out of the bathroom where they took shelter.

BEAUREGARD, Ala. (BP) -- The small community of Beauregard is facing the grief of at least 23 deaths, including children, after a tornado struck the southeastern Alabama community on Sunday afternoon (March 3).

(RNS) — For many Catholics in the Upstate, the 10-county westernmost region of South Carolina, Catholic bias is a startling yet eerily familiar part of being a minority amid a vast sea of Protestants. But when Aimee Maddonna's foster parent application to Miracle Hill Ministries was rejected because of her church, she decided to fight back.

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (RNS) — Doreen Abubakar arrived at Manjares Restaurant and Fine Pastries in New Haven, Conn., catching her breath and waiting for a miracle.