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    PNS Daily News - May 25, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; On this Memorial Day, President Obama is honoring the many Americans who paid the ultimate price in service to their country; Memorial Day can also mark the start of summer, which can mean more drownings, we’ll have a report out of Arizona, on National Drowning Prevention Month; and a report on a possible political debate at Centre College in Kentucky.

Domestic Violence/Sexual Assault

PHOTO: A family environment leads to far better outcomes for kids in the child-welfare system, but in Iowa a significant percentage of these children are ending up in non-family care, such as group and institutional settings. Photo credit: Liz West/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - New research shows that Iowa is falling short when it comes to the critical importance of family placement for kids in the child-welfare system. According to the report "Every Kid Needs a Family" from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, about 14 percent of those in the child-welfare ...Read More

PHOTO: On Saturday, several hundred people converged on the family detention camp in Dilley, Texas, to call for an end to the policy of locking up refugee parents and children. Photo credit: Austin Indymedia.

AUSTIN, Texas - Several hundred immigrant rights advocates rallied in Dilley, Texas, on Saturday to call for an end to family detentions. The protest kicks off a national week of action calling on the Obama Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to end the practice of locking ...Read More

PHOTO: A so-called fetal homicide law cleared a Colorado Senate committee last week and will be heard on Monday by the full state Senate. Opponents say it could lead to the criminalization of pregnant women. Photo credit: Eric Galatas.

DENVER – A so-called fetal homicide bill that supporters say would help to protect pregnant women and their unborn babies cleared a Colorado Senate committee last week and will be heard by the full Senate today. Senate Bill 268 followed an attack on a woman in Longmont in which her eight-mont ...Read More

PHOTO: Two laws on child sex trafficking have cleared the state Legislature, but millions of young people remain at risk in an industry that generates $9.8 billion annually. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the average age of victims recruited into prostitution is 12 years old. Photo credit: James Revgot/Flickr Commons.

DENVER - A law that would update how Colorado handles child sex trafficking passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but victims won't see any changes until 2016, if at all. House Bill 1019 would have brought Colorado in line with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a federal law ...Read More

PHOTO: During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, experts are educating people about the signs of child abuse and neglect, and promoting prevention. Photo credit: SHRRC/Flickr.

CINCINNATI - Child abuse is a public-health crisis impacting Ohio children at alarming rates, experts say. According to state data, child welfare agencies investigated 80,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect in 2014 and 12,000 were substantiated. Prevention is critical, said Dr. Robert Sh ...Read More

PHOTO: "What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families in order to prevent abuse and neglect. Photo credit: skitterphoto.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Connect the dots to prevent child abuse and neglect. "What's Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, where Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families and consider those actions as "dots." B ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia social workers are hopeful about reforms to the state's juvenile justice system. They say new truancy rules and other public school efforts can help keep kids out of jail. Photo credit: Richard Ross, courtesy of Annie E. Casey Foundation.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - West Virginia schools have a key role in reducing the number of kids who end up in jail – and while social workers say preventing truancy is an excellent starting place, its only part of the picture. As the state works to reduce the number of juveniles in the criminal just ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear signs House Bill 8, legislation that extends civil protection orders to dating partners, but doesn't go into effect until Jan. 1. Photo by Lisa Gabbard.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - It took those who advocate for domestic-violence victims seven years to convince Kentucky lawmakers to extend protections to dating partners. When the legislation finally made it out of the General Assembly, 137 of the 138 lawmakers voted for the bill. The legislation, House Bill 8 ...Read More

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