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Every week we highlight a few stories produced by PIN partner newsrooms informed by sources in the Public Insight Network.

Beyond the gender box

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St. Louis Beacon reporter Nancy Fowler turned to PIN when she began working on a story around gender identity. She was looking for people from the LGBT community who identify as intersex or transgender. Several PIN sources shared their thoughts about gender labels and the choices they made about their own identities. Read the full story here.

Federal workers worry about furloughs, firings

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WAMU’s Matt Laslo reports that federal employees are bracing themselves for the across-the-board spending cuts that will happen if Congress doesn’t agree on a debt-reduction deal before March 1. One Public Insight Network source says it’s difficult for federal workers to plan ahead, knowing that automatic spending cuts could lead to furloughs and layoffs. Listen to the full story here.

As Boy Scouts mull ending gay ban, a former scout reflects on his experience

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When it was announced last year that the Boy Scouts perversion files would be made public, KPCC reached out to PIN sources. Some sources who wrote back raised another issue with the organization. They were angry about its ban on gay members. This week the Boy Scouts announced possible changes to that rule, and KPCC went back to one of those sources. Listen to the full story here.

School bus drivers have big responsibility, little pay

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When we talk about school safety, we usually mean campus security measures like guards, photo IDs and metal detectors. But for many students, the school day starts on the bus. Drivers have to keep the peace, be ready for emergencies and – you know – operate a vehicle. In this story from State Impact Florida reporter Sarah Gonzales, PIN sources weigh in on school bus safety and drivers’ responsibilities. More at StateImpact.npr.org.

One more reason why it’s tough to be a job seeker

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MPR’s Annie Baxter reports on the lack of communication between employers and job seekers, who say they want more feedback than they’re getting. One PIN source shares stories from his job search – he applied to over 200 positions – and the frustrations of form letter rejections and unanswered calls. More at minnesota.publicradio.org.

Cuban exiles weigh in on new travel policy

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The Miami Herald looks at some of the political and economic motivations behind Cuba’s new, less-restrictive travel policy. Public Insight sources share their thoughts on travel between Cuba and the United States. Get the whole story at miamiherald.com.

Mixed reactions meet new school security measures

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Oregon Public Broadcasting reports on two schools in Southwest Washington that have beefed up their security since the Connecticut shooting. New measures include locks, ID check points and armed security staff. Through the Public Insight Network, one parent reacts to the changes at her daughter’s elementary school. Listen to the full story at opb.org.

Self-identification and the U.S. Census

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As part of its ongoing conversation about Latino identity and the U.S. Census, KPCC asked listeners and readers how they self-identify. The answers go beyond “Hispanic” and “Latino,” and show the varied ways people describe themselves and their families. Some responses were used to guide the discussion on KPCC’s morning show, “Take Two.” Others were collected in a post on the Multi-American blog.