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Turkey tells Oregon-based Mercy Corps to stop its program that helps Syrians

Turkey has ordered Portland, Oregon-based Mercy Corps, one of the largest humanitarian organizations delivering aid to Syria, to immediately shut down its Turkish operations, ending a program that provides regular assistance to hundreds of thousands of besieged Syrian civilians and refugees.

Elevations foundation a lifeline for families with child therapy needs

Elevations got its start when a group of therapists and a parent saw financial and insurance limitations restricting families’ access to needed therapies and therapeutic devices for motor, language, cognitive, and social-emotional delays, and they launched the organization to help improve access to these services.

Free Rein Therapeutic Riding makes home at Spokane Equestrian Center

Free Rein Therapeutic Riding has a new home at the Spokane Equestrian Center. The nonprofit has access to its own outdoor arena and indoor tack up area, and the ability to keep as many as 15 horses on site. The horses, aided by volunteers, give rides to people with a variety of disabilities every week.

Nonprofits to NFL: Stop pushing fantasy sports on kids

The National Football League should stop offering fantasy sports competitions to children because the games could lead some young sports fans down the path of gambling addiction, two nonprofit groups said in letters sent to Commissioner Roger Goodell.

NFL drops its tax-exempt status

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Football League is giving up its tax-exempt status, which Commissioner Roger Goodell called a “distraction.” In a letter to team owners, Goodell said that the league office and its management council will file tax returns as taxable entities for the 2015 fiscal year. Goodell said the NFL has been tax-exempt since 1942, though all 32 teams pay taxes on their income.

Shawn Vestal: Idaho Freedom Foundation pushes limits of word ‘charity’

When you think of a “charity,” what do you picture? When you think about an organization that is dedicated to “education,” what sort of schooling springs to mind? Does a charity rank every legislator in the state, scoring their conservatism numerically? Does an educational organization work to “educate” lawmakers to vote the way it wants them to? Does a charity show up more or less constantly throughout the Capitol to generously contribute influence?

Idaho Freedom Foundation’s charitable status scrutinized

BOISE – In the ornate public gallery of the Idaho House of Representatives, lobbyist Erik Makrush of the Idaho Freedom Foundation leaned over to a reporter sitting next to him and whispered, “If you have any questions, you can ask me.” The House was debating one of 11 bills that would trim the powers of urban renewal agencies in the state, a hot political issue in Idaho’s 2011 legislative session. Makrush said he’d written all of them.

‘Musketeers’ hits stage at children’s theater

It was a mad dash for young actors and actresses to jump into character for the first dress rehearsal of “The Three Musketeers.” The show opens Friday at Theater Arts for Children and follows the traditional storyline penned by Alexandre Dumas, of the obstacles that musketeer hopeful, D’Artagnan, has to overcome so he can join the royal Musketeers of the Guard.

Women’s home fighting insurance giant to stay put

CINCINNATI (AP) — As Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic battled for the title at the Western & Southern Open north of Cincinnati, a small plane buzzed overhead, trailing a banner calling the sponsor a bunch of bullies. The public nose-thumbing gave thousands of tennis fans a window into another match being played out downtown — between insurance giant Western & Southern Financial Group and a nonprofit home for women called the Anna Louise Inn — a fight that is headed for the Ohio Court of Appeals this month.

Hearth Home plans grand opening for its new transitional facility

Karen Fournier is on a mission to help young mothers take care of themselves and their children. The young mothers come from bad situations. Some come to her from abusive relationships. Some of them have a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Some of them didn’t finish high school. Many of them have burned bridges with family members and have nowhere else to go. All of them are homeless and have young children.

More room for families

Karen Fournier is on a mission to help young mothers take care of themselves and their children. The young mothers come from bad situations. Some come to her from abusive relationships. Some of them have a history of drug or alcohol abuse. Some of them didn’t finish high school. Many of them have burned bridges with family members and have nowhere else to go. All of them are homeless and have young children.