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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Children's Issues

PHOTO: A coalition of activists from across the U.S. gathered in D.C. in support of the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan. Photo credit: Bomazi/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Colorado clean-air advocates gathered in the nation's capital this week to urge Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House to put the health of children and the planet above polluters. Last year, the EPA announced the first-ever standards to reduce carbon pollution ...Read More

PHOTO: May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month, and while teen pregnancy rates are at an all-time low nationally, at least 23 Indiana teens become pregnant each day. Photo credit: Grietgriet/Morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Teen pregnancy rates have reached historic lows in recent years, but there are still an estimated 23 Hoosier teens who become pregnant each day. During National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month in May, reproductive health advocates are highlighting the impact of teen pregnancy on fami ...Read More

PHOTO: More than nine of ten Oregon children in state custody are placed with relatives or foster families, and only four percent in group homes or institutional care, earning the state high marks from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo credit: AimeeLow/

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon leads the nation in a new Annie E. Casey Foundation report that says children in state custody do best when they're cared for in family settings. Oregon has the lowest percentage of kids placed in group homes or institutional care, at 4 percent. Of the 8,200 Oregon children in ...Read More

PHOTO: It's a topic with a great emotional divide: Do guns in schools increase the risk of danger or reduce it? A group of parents that believes the former has launched a petition to change state law. Photo credit: DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Do guns have any place in Michigan schools? A group of concerned parents says the answer is 'no,' and it wants the state legislature to take action. Parent Sonya Lewis had no idea Michigan law allows people to openly carry guns on school grounds, until a man did so at her daughter ...Read More

PHOTO: New York is going about average according to a new report when it comes to placing children in child welfare with family members. The report says more than 20,000 children in New York still love in group homes.

NEW YORK - A new report says family connections make all the difference and it ranks New York in the middle of the pack for finding stable family settings for children in the child welfare system. One sign of progress in the new report is the way New York is helping to preserve family connections. ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that about one in five kids in the Pennsylvania child-welfare system doesn't live with a family, but in a group or institutional setting. It says more should be done to change that. Photo courtesy Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania needs to do more to find families for children in the child-welfare system, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. About 14,000 kids are in state foster care. The report found that one in five - well above the national average - doesn't live with ...Read More

PHOTO: Studying for the GED or learning English in Nevada can usually be accomplished at no cost through the local library. Photo courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey.

LAS VEGAS - People in Nevada wanting to update their literacy skills or learn to read and write English often need not look further than their local public library. Mary Ramirez, interim manager with Computer Assisted Literacy in Libraries at the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, says the ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana is doing better than most states in making sure that kids in the child welfare system are placed with relatives or foster families, instead of group homes.

HELENA, Mont. - Montana ranks among the best in the nation when it comes to ensuring that kids in the child welfare system are placed with foster or next-of-kin families. Ninety percent live in a family setting in Montana, while nationally the rate is 84 percent. In those instances where children ...Read More

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