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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Youth Issues

A new report underscores the importance of family time when it comes to child development.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - As the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear, experts want parents to consider the power of the gift of time. A new report underlines the importance of family time when it comes to child development. Researchers from the nonprofit Search Institute found time has more o ...Read More

House Bill 221 in the Ohio Legislature would make all school environments smoke-free. Credit: robertogorge/morguefile

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Since November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, some Ohio health-advocacy groups are hoping legislation to snuff out smoking at schools gains some new traction. All kindergarten-through-12th-grade school campuses, along with school-sponsored events, would become 100 percent smoke-fre ...Read More

A new report says the Commonwealth is missing opportunities to reach out to young people in the child welfare system, because too many end up being funneled into juvenile detention. Courtesy: Citizens for Juvenile Justice

BOSTON - As families across the Commonwealth gather for Thanksgiving, a new report says too many children will spend the holiday in juvenile detention because they are not getting the support they need. Naoka Carey, executive director of Citizens for Juvenile Justice, said the numbers in her organi ...Read More

Dozens of adoptions will be finalized during Michigan Adoption Day. Courtesy: Michigan Supreme Court

LANSING, Mich. - Adoptive families will be honored at courts around the state as part of Michigan Adoption Day. Today, dozens of adoptions are being finalized in special ceremonies as part of the yearly celebration. Macomb County Circuit Court Judge David Viviano explains the events highlight the ...Read More

A campaign to tax cigarettes more in order to lower college tuition costs in Idaho launches today. Credit:

BOISE, Idaho - A group calling itself Stop Tuition launches a petition drive today to put a measure on the ballot that would raise Idaho cigarette taxes $1.25 a pack, and use the money to send more kids to college. Supporters of the initiative note that tuition rates have soared in recen ...Read More

The wait for help for victims of dating violence in Kentucky is about over. New civil emergency protections begin Jan. 1. Credit Greg Stotelmyer

FRANKFORT, Ky. – After years of trying, advocates for domestic violence victims convinced Kentucky lawmakers last winter to extend civil protections to dating couples. The new law, signed by the governor in April, takes effect Jan. 1. Under the old law, dating partners had to file criminal ...Read More

There is another move to change Wisconsin's medical malpractice laws, which now say if an act of malpractice causes the death of someone 18 or older and single, there's nothing a parent can do about it. Credit: monkeybusinessimages/iStockPhoto

MILWAUKEE – Once again, legislation has been proposed to change Wisconsin's medical malpractice laws. Milwaukee attorney Michael End says most parents have no idea how those laws work, and are shocked to find out that if their child is 18 or older and is killed by an act of medical malpracti ...Read More

Youth imprisonment is down, but for many incarcerated black teens, not much has changed in Illinois.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The number of children being committed to prisons or other detention facilities has dropped by about 53 percent across the country. According to a recent look at federal data by the Pew Charitable Trust, Illinois saw the eighth largest drop in that number from 2001 to 201 ...Read More

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