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PHOTO: Washington's laws against drunk driving are more stringent this year, making a designated driver an even smarter strategy for holiday parties. Photo credit: Feverpitch/FeaturePics.com

EVERETT, Wash. - A designated driver should be part of this season's planning process for festivities that include alcohol, and one Washington attorney's advice is to arrange for that driver well before they're needed. In a new survey by Mothers Against Drunk Driving, 72 percent of people who've u ...Read More

PHOTO: 15-year-old Marvin is one of the many Michigan children hoping for a permanent home featured on the Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange website. Photo courtesy Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange.

LANSING, Mich. - There is much to be thankful for this year for more than 100 Michigan children who will officially be welcomed into "forever families" on Tuesday as the state celebrates its 12th annual Adoption Day. Alpena County Probate Judge Thomas LaCross is one of a number of judges around the ...Read More

PHOTO: Children will be the big winners in President Barack Obama's executive action delaying the deportation of parents who are unauthorized immigrants, says the NEA of New Mexico. Photo courtesy of the White House.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – The overall well being of thousands of American children in New Mexico, born to parents who are undocumented immigrants, should benefit from President Barack Obama's action on immigration, according to Charles Bowyer, executive director of the National Education Association ...Read More

PHOTO: People incarcerated in Joliet and other Illinois correctional facilities are in one of the nation's most overcrowded prison systems, according to a new report, and experts warn that the human consequences are devastating. Photo credit: Jacobsteinafm/wikimedia.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois houses an estimated 49,000 people in its prison system, and a recent report finds it's one of the most overcrowded systems in the nation. In fact, only Alabama’s prisons are more crowded. The Federal Bureau of Justice Statistics' most recent census of prisoners, fo ...Read More

PHOTO: Bullying persists in Commonwealth schools, facilitated by social media. Middle school and high school students are learning prevention practices at an anti-bullying summit today in Boston. Photo credit: Diego Grez/Wikipedia.

BOSTON - Graduate students from the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University will help middle and high school students learn bullying-prevention practices as part of a program called STAND UP. In 2010, the Legislature passed a landmark anti-bullying law. An act pass ...Read More

PHOTO: Regional Early Thanksgiving Dinners provide chances for current foster youth to share the holiday with foster alumni, and highlights the need for more permanent homes for them. Photo courtesy of Foster Care Alumni of America Ohio Chapter.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While many families are able to gather to enjoy the upcoming holidays, this time of year for foster youth can be a reminder of what's been missing from their lives. An annual series of Early Thanksgiving Dinners offers a chance for these children and foster alumni in Ohio to gather ...Read More

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut ...Read More

PHOTO: Educators say Pennsylvania's incoming governor will have a chance to undo funding cuts that have hurt student achievement. Photo montage courtesy of the National Education Association.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Incoming Pennsylvania governor Tom Wolf faces big budget problems, but educators say he at least received a clear mandate from voters to reverse damaging cuts to schools. Retired Pittsburgh public school teacher Mike Crossey, now president of the Pennsylvania State Education Assoc ...Read More

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