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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Children's Issues

PHOTO: A new bike helmet is just one key to safer summer fun for Washington children. This weekend's YMCA Healthy Kids Day activities at many 'Y' locations will include helmet-fitting and giveaways. Photo courtesy of Group Health Cooperative.

SEATTLE - This Saturday across the state, many YMCA locations are having Healthy Kids Day events to start the summer with tips on bike, water and sun safety. Pediatrician Dr. Paula Lozano is an assistant medical director for preventive care with Group Health. She says most summer safety guidelines ...Read More

PHOTO: Two laws on child sex trafficking have cleared the state Legislature, but millions of young people remain at risk in an industry that generates $9.8 billion annually. According to the U.S. Justice Department, the average age of victims recruited into prostitution is 12 years old. Photo credit: James Revgot/Flickr Commons.

DENVER - A law that would update how Colorado handles child sex trafficking passed out of the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, but victims won't see any changes until 2016, if at all. House Bill 1019 would have brought Colorado in line with the Trafficking Victims Protection Act, a federal law ...Read More

PHOTO: The Environmental Protection Agency has proposed increasing ozone pollution standards. Industry groups are pushing back, claiming new regulations would damage the economy. Denver received a D grade on the American Lung Association's State of the Air report card for 2014. Photo credit: Stilfehler/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Warmer weather is on the way, the time of year when ozone -- the lung-damaging gas in smog -- becomes a bigger problem for the 26 million Americans living with asthma. The Environmental Protection Agency said current ozone standards don't go far enough to protect public health and has propo ...Read More

Photo: North Carolina remains one of only two states that automatically prosecutes 16 and 17 year olds as adults. Legislation introduced this year aims to change that. Photo credit: larryfarr/Morguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina lawmakers are back in session today, with various committee meetings on their calendar. What is not on today's docket is a bill (HB 399) that would raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction so that 16 and 17 year olds who commit misdemeanors are handled in the juvenile sy ...Read More

PHOTO: Five high school seniors each will be awarded a $5,000 scholarship Saturday at the 23rd Annual Beat the Odds Celebration from Children's Defense Fund-Minnesota. (Left to right: Martell Person, Makayla Hout, Kao Soua Yang, Nasro Mohamed, Randy Mathews) Photo credit: Children's Defense Fund - Minnesota.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The path to future success can be tough for any teen, but many face major life challenges and prevail. With the end of the school year quickly approaching, five of the state's high school seniors who have beaten the odds are being honored. Among them is Kou Soua Yang at Johnson Se ...Read More

PHOTO: During Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, experts are educating people about the signs of child abuse and neglect, and promoting prevention. Photo credit: SHRRC/Flickr.

CINCINNATI - Child abuse is a public-health crisis impacting Ohio children at alarming rates, experts say. According to state data, child welfare agencies investigated 80,000 cases of suspected child abuse or neglect in 2014 and 12,000 were substantiated. Prevention is critical, said Dr. Robert Sh ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Virginia teachers and parents say punitive over testing is hurting children, especially the very young ones. Graphic courtesy of Put Kids First.

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia tests school children too much and starts much too early according to some teachers in the state. Rebecca Jasman, a Louisa County elementary school teacher, says the testing puts what she calls a "ridiculous amount of pressure," even on very young children. She says she's se ...Read More

PHOTO: "What’s Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month. Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families in order to prevent abuse and neglect. Photo credit: skitterphoto.com

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Connect the dots to prevent child abuse and neglect. "What's Your Dot?" is a new campaign introduced for April's Child Abuse Prevention Month, where Arkansans are asked to think about what they are doing, or can do, to strengthen families and consider those actions as "dots." B ...Read More

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