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PHOTO: More than 22,000 people in the Treasure Valley are going to be trained to prevent child sexual abuse. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Two hours in training to protect Idaho children from child sexual abuse. More than 22-thousand in the Boise area will undergo the training in the coming months. Comments from Michael Graves, national director of partnering in prevention at the Redwoods Group Foundation. The organizati ...Read More

PHOTO: A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit by the ACLU against the Arizona Dept. of Corrections, alleging inadequate medical care and mental-health treatment for inmates and overuse of solitary confinement. Photo courtesy of the FBI.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Department of Corrections (ADC) has chosen to settle rather than fight a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, and others, over the healthcare services provided to prison inmates. Attorney Dan Pochoda, senior counsel with the ACLU of Arizona, says unde ...Read More

IMAGE: Today is World Mental Health Day, and a UW-Health psychiatrist says the nation needs to devote more resources to help understand and treat people suffering from mental illness. Image courtesy of the World Health Organization.

MADISON, Wis. - According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, at any given time, 19 percent of the state's population suffers from some sort of mental illness, and 4.6 percent have been diagnosed with a serious mental illness. Today is World Mental Health Day, and Dr. Michael Peterson, ...Read More

PHOTO: About 40 percent of the gun sales in Washington are private sales, without background checks, between individuals, online or at gun shows like the one in Texas pictured here. Only one of Washington's November ballot measures, I-594, would expand background checks. Photo credit: Glasgows/Wikimedia Commons.
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SEATTLE - Bullets aren't flying, but rhetoric is, as two ballot measures on gun-purchase background checks are defended by their respective supporters. A closer look at who's backing which initiative finds gun collectors, firearms instructors, and Tea Party groups on the side of I-591, for fewer bac ...Read More

GRAPHIC: An estimated 27 percent of Americans are victims of workplace bullying, according to a 2014 survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute. Graphic courtesy of WBI.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - While bullying is typically considered a school-yard problem, there are millions of American adults who say they've been victims of bullying on the job. According to a 2014 national survey from the Workplace Bullying Institute (WBI), 27 percent of workers report being bullied by ...Read More

PHOTO: Jason Allen of the Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) has testified to the state legislature about his life in the foster care system after substance abuse damaged his family. The Wyoming County SADD group is being honored as one of the best chapters in the nation. Photo courtesy of the Our Children, Our Future Campaign.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – An energetic group of student activists from Wyoming County is receiving national recognition for its efforts against substance abuse. Wyoming County Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) took second in national chapter of the year – that out of 10,000 chapt ...Read More

PHOTO:A hospice in Sandusky is helping U.S. military veterans suffering with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome find peace in their final days. Photo credit: Karen van Vuuren.

SANDUSKY, Ohio - Stein Hospice in Sandusky is helping U.S. military veterans who served in World War II, and every military conflict since, deal with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the effects of which some have held inside for more than half a century. The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates ...Read More

PHOTO: LeAnna Watson obtained health insurance coverage through kynect, the state's health insurance marketplace, and is now helping others sign up. Photo courtesy of LeAnna Watson.

HARRODSBURG, Ky. - Cancer survivor LeAnna Watson shares her own story of having lived without health insurance as she now helps others enroll in Kentucky's health benefit exchange, known as "kynect." She's what's called a "kynector," one of nearly 1,500 people statewide who are trained helpers. As W ...Read More

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