In the early 1990s, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control provided funding for studies on gun violence. The NRA was not pleased. "[Our research] underwent peer review and was thought to be very solid and worthwhile research," says Fred Rivara, who was part of the team that researched gun violence. "The CDC stood by our research -- they had funded it and they stood by it. Unfortunately, it raised the attention of the National Rifle Association, who then worked with pro-gun members of Congress to essentially stop funding firearm research." Rivara, a professor of pediatrics and epidemiology at the University of Washington at Seattle Children's Hospital, discovered that having a gun in the home is associated with a threefold increase in the risk of a homicide.
Meet the Press looks at how the media would have covered the altercation without the cell phone video. read more
A Dutch nursing home is offering rent free housing to college students in exchange for companionship. In exchange for small, rent-free apartments, the Humanitas retirement home in Deventer, Netherlands, requires students to spend at least 30 hours per month acting as "good neighbors," Humanitas head Gea Sijpkes said in an email to PBS NewsHour. Officials at the nursing home say students do a variety of activities with the older residents, including watching sports, celebrating birthdays and, perhaps most importantly, offer company when seniors fall ill, which helps stave off feelings of disconnectedness.
A northern Indiana pizza shop that came under fire after its owners said their religious beliefs wouldn't allow them to cater a gay wedding is closed indefinitely, and its operators say they've gone into hiding. Memories Pizza in Walkerton faced criticism this week after co-owner Crystal O'Connor expressed support for a new Indiana religious objections law. The Facebook and Yelp pages for the restaurant about 20 miles southwest of South Bend were bombarded with negative reviews. A coach of a high school golf program was suspended after a Twitter post that mentioned going to Walkerton and burning down the restaurant. WNDU-TV reports that O'Connor and her family are considering leaving town. A gofundme.com site benefiting the restaurant had raised more than $800,000 as of Friday morning. read more
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he does not plan to sign the religious freedom bill that sits on his desk right now, instead asking state lawmakers to make changes so the bill mirrors federal law. The first-term Republican governor said he wants his state "to be known as a state that does not discriminate but understands tolerance." And on Wednesday, the state lawmakers sought to make the changes necessary to satisfy the governor's concerns.