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Lawmakers from both parties are joining efforts to get Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to reconsider cuts to family and children programs. PHOTO of the Capitol rotunda copyrighted by the state Legislature.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – State lawmakers from both parties are asking Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin to let them consider restoring money cut from programs for children and families. The governor cut $1 million from safety-net budgets, including those for child advocacy, in-home family education and suppo ...Read More

PHOTO: Kentucky's health exchange, known as "kynect," has enrolled more than 413,000 people for health insurance coverage.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - About one in 10 Kentucky residents has signed up for insurance coverage under the state's health-benefit exchange known as "kynect." The raw numbers: 413,410 Kentuckians, including Beth Moore from Louisville. She signed up when she became self-employed in January, she said, and in ...Read More

PHOTO: Healthy choices? An Ohio school district is standing out for its creative strategies to bring healthy meals and snacks to its students. Photo credit: Bob Nichols/U.S. Department of Agriculture.

CINCINNATI - With experts citing a link between nutrition and learning, an Ohio school district is standing out as a leader for bringing healthy food choices to students. Audrey Rowe, administrator of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Services, and other leaders visited Cincin ...Read More

PHOTO: Lindsay Scheidell, American Heart Association in Wisconsin, says childhood obesity is parents' biggest health concern, and the battle is far from over. Photo courtesy American Heart Assn.-Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - A recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) saying childhood obesity rates are plummeting did not stand up when researchers took a more careful look at the data. The real numbers are cause for concern, according to Lindsay Scheidell, American Heart Assoc ...Read More

PHOTO: High school kids will walk from Detroit to Lansing this week to support alternatives to zero-tolerance policies in their schools. Photo credit: Dave Anderson, Harriet Tubman Center photographer.

LANSING, Mich. - 80 miles is a long way to travel by foot, but that's not stopping hundreds of high school kids in Michigan today. They'll make their way from Detroit to Lansing to meet with legislators to discuss alternatives to zero-tolerance policies. 16-year-old Trevon Stapleton of Detroit is am ...Read More

PHOTO: Stores make an attempt at propriety in displaying adult magazines with covers partially hidden, but teens have easy access online. Experts say it distorts what they view as healthy relationships and body image. Photo credit: Ed Kohler

ST. PAUL, Minn. – It's a far cry from magazines tucked under the mattress – and experts say the proliferation of pornography made available with today's technology is having an adverse effect on teens' views about dating and their bodies. Elizabeth Schroeder, founder of Elizabeth Schro ...Read More

PHOTO: Do your childen go to school near a potentially dangerous chemical facility? The Center for Effective Government's new report finds there is a one-in-10 chance they do. Image courtesy Center for Effective Government.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – One in 10 Missouri children spends several hours each weekday in the shadow of a potentially dangerous chemical facility, according to a new report by the Center for Effective Government. Sean Moulton, the center’s director of open government policy, says parents a ...Read More

PHOTO: One in five families receiving TANF assistance in Oregon gets only a monthly check, rather than the training or job placement help such families could have had before the state cut these services in the recession. Photo credit: iStockphoto.com.

SALEM, Ore. – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is designed to be short-term help for very low-income families with children. And in Oregon, it could be a lot more effective, according to a new state audit of the program from the Oregon Secretary of State's office. TANF combin ...Read More

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