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PHOTO: NPR's Diane Rehm is among the voices in a reading of the play "Surviving Grace," which is coming to Indianapolis in November to raises awareness about how Alzheimer's disease affects its victims and their families. Photo courtesy of Linder & Associates.

INDIANAPOLIS - An estimated 100,000 people in Indiana suffer from Alzheimer's disease, and a special production sheds light on the impact it has on them and their loved ones. The off-Broadway play 'Surviving Grace' follows a daughter's emotional journey caring for a mother with Alzheimer's. National ...Read More

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, N.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: Voices for Ohio's Children is encouraging voters to prioritize children in the choices they make on election day. Photo credit: Sarah Gilbert/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While children cannot cast a ballot, their voices can be heard in next week's midterm election. The CEO of advocacy organization Voices for Ohio's Children, Sandy Oxley, makes the case voters can ensure the needs of the state's three million children are prioritized by the choices t ...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: North Carolina may have as many as two privately owned, online charter schools next year. Photo credit: educationnews.org

RALEIGH, N.C. – Starting next year, North Carolina's charter schools will expand beyond the four walls of a classroom. State lawmakers approved a pilot program in this year's budget that requires the state Board of Education to approve two statewide virtual charter schools – making the ...Read More

PHOTO: With hunger still a struggle for 20 percent of Minnesota families with children, a new "road map" to ending food insecurity is being launched at the annual Food Access Summit this year in Duluth. Photo credit: Gordon Flood/Flickr.

DULUTH, Minn. - Minnesota is set to roll out a new plan on ending hunger as hundreds of advocates from around the state convene at the annual Food Access Summit, beginning today in Duluth. Lucinda Jesson, Minnesota human services commissioner, says this year's gathering will include the public laun ...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: With Halloween falling on a Friday night this year, experts say close parental supervision and a few sensible precautions will help keep kids safe while trick-or-treating. Photo credit: Gracey Stinson/Morguefile.

CINCINNATI - Ghosts, goblins, and monsters will soon be walking the streets of Ohio neighborhoods in search of candy. But while Halloween is a time for fun and treats, it's also a night full of potentially dangerous situations. Dawne Gardner, injury prevention coordinator at Cincinnati Children's H ...Read More

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