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PHOTO: The battle over North Dakota's Measure 6 is proving as bitter as any divorce, with very different views on just how a shared parenting requirement would impact kids when their parents call it quits. Photo credit: Siti Fatimah/Flickr.

BISMARCK, S.D. - A question on shared parenting in cases of divorce will face North Dakota voters with Measure 6 next week. Supporters point to equality for mom and dad, while opponents predict it'll mean more family conflict and more litigation. Measure 6 would create a legal presumption that eac ...Read More

PHOTO: A report from Voices for Illinois Children finds one-in-five children would benefit from a higher minimum wage. Photo credit: Kristine Kiskey/morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – As candidates spar over raising the minimum wage, a question on Tuesday's ballot will take the pulse of where Illinoisans stand on the issue. A recent report from the child advocacy group Voices for Illinois Children highlights the benefits of raising the wage from $8.25 ...Read More

PHOTO: Boston University service workers at the Holiday Inn in Brookline voted by an “overwhelming margin" in favor of authorizing their 32BJ SEIU bargaining unit to call a strike, if contract talks with the University on a multi-year contract don’t make progress. Credit: E. Villasante

BOSTON - They work three different shifts at Boston University, so it took time to take the vote, but when the results were tallied there was little doubt about where university service workers stand. Roxana Rivera, Director with 32BJ SEIU District 615, says they have been negotiating with BU since ...Read More

PHOTO: Every new parent should make a "crying plan" in order to prevent shaking a baby out of frustration. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

BOISE, Idaho - Everyone knows babies cry, but some babies cry more than others. While covering basic needs can calm an infant, it's not always that simple. With the unpredictability of a crying child in mind, a collaboration of children's advocacy groups has unveiled the Crying Plan. The idea is fo ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of Minnesotans age 65 or over is expected to double by 2030, and research shows the risks of an auto accident among senior-citizen drivers can be higher than with other age groups. Photo credit: Denis Dervisevic/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - With Minnesota's aging population, it's a question facing a growing number of drivers and families across the state: When is it time to finally hang up the car keys? There is no hard and fast rule on when a person should park it for good, but as eyesight, hearing, memory and refle ...Read More

PHOTO: Minnesota is being urged to do more to help families strengthen their financial footing, as about one-third of the state's children are growing up in low income households. Photo credit: Tammra McCauley/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – For children growing up in a family that struggles financially, the road can be rougher – and a new study shows that poor is the norm for many of Minnesota's children. According to the latest Kids Count Data Book, about one-third of children in the state are in low-in ...Read More

PHOTO: While applauding the restoration of child care assistance funding in Kentucky, advocates say continued improvements are needed. The owner of this child care center in Louisville says reimbursement rates need to be increased. Photo courtesy Angel House Child Development Center.

JEFFERSONTOWN, Ky. – It was hailed as a major victory for children in Kentucky when, earlier this year, the Legislature restored funding for child care assistance. But, advocates say additional improvements are needed, including expanded eligibility and making sure providers are reimbursed a ...Read More

PHOTO: During Domestic Violence Awarness Month, Indiana parents are being encouraged to talk to their children about healthy relationships to prevent teen dating violence. Photo credit: Matthew Hull/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS – Romantic notes, hand holding and first kisses – young love is typically full of blissful moments. But that's not the case for all Indiana teenagers. Colleen Yeakle, coordinator of prevention initiatives for Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, says an estimated ...Read More

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