Marsha Mercer

Marsha Mercer

State parks trying to attract more diverse visitors

By: - June 13, 2022

As Americans plan their summer vacations, states around the country are struggling with a persistent challenge: How to attract more Black residents and other visitors of color to their parks. The racial gap in park visitation is longstanding: Officials estimate that about 3 in 4 visitors to America’s state and national parks are White, well […]

Gun storage safe is a rare moment of agreement in gun control debate

By: - February 27, 2022

An 11-year-old boy in eastern Tennessee grabbed his father’s shotgun and fired once, killing an 8-year-old neighbor girl—because she wouldn’t let him see her puppy. The boy was convicted of murder, but the adult gun owner was not charged with a crime. In 2016, a few months after the shooting, Tennessee state Sen. Sara Kyle […]