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PHOTO: Elementary school students in Reading stop by kiosks parked near school entrances to get free, nutritious breakfast items to eat in their classrooms. Photo courtesy Food Research and Action Center.

READING, Pa. - Homeroom is just a little "homier" in Reading elementary schools this month, as kids are now starting their days with a nutritious breakfast before they begin their class work. Some Reading students used to eat breakfast in the cafeteria, but this year, the district made the decision...Read More

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PHOTO: Several states are investigating possible cases of enterovirus D68, a respiratory illness blamed for sending thousands of children to hospitals across the Midwest. Photo credit: menstatic/morguefile.com.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – A respiratory illness affecting thousands of children across the nation has Pennsylvania hospitals, doctors, parents and caregivers on alert, and health experts say it's important to know the symptoms and step up preventive measures. It's called enterovirus D68, and Dr. Mat...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the state's largest public employees' union says Pennsylvania schools with the fewest resources have taken the biggest hits in terms of state education cuts. Photo credit: George Hodan/Publicdomainpictures.net.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The impact of budget cuts on education in Pennsylvania is being felt in schools across the state - but most notably in districts with the highest needs and lowest incomes, according to a new report from the Pennsylvania State Education Association. PSEA president Michael Crossey s...Read More

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PHOTO: Job growth and economic growth remain major challenges for Pennsylvania, according the 2014 State of Working Pennsylvania report from the Keystone Research Center. Photo courtesy of Public Domain Pictures.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Pennsylvania isn't making the grade in terms of job growth and economic growth in a just- released study from the Keystone Research Center. The 2014 State of Working Pennsylvania report gives the state a D-minus for job growth. Dr. Mark Price, labor economist with the KRC, says c...Read More

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IMAGE: This is a graphic representation of the areas of a child's brain affected by stressers such as poverty, neglect and physical abuse. Image courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

PITTSBURGH - A new study has determined chronic early childhood stress brought on by poverty, neglect and physical abuse can have a lasting, toxic impact. Sarah Romens, one of the co-authors of the report and a post-doctoral scholar at the University of Pittsburgh, says early childhood stress can a...Read More

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PHOTO: Researchers at the University of Illinois say physically fit children have beefier" brain white matter than their less fit peers. Photo credit: L. Brian Stauffer/University of Illinois.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – There's new evidence that keeping children active not only keeps their bodies healthy, but also their brains. White matter describes the bundles of axons that carry nerve signals from one area of the brain to another. Laura Chaddock-Heyman and other researchers at the Uni...Read More

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PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation report says climate change is prompting bigger populations of familiar pests and insects, as well as some not seen before in Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Charles Rondeau/publicdomainpictures.net

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Many forms of wildlife in Pennsylvania, from trees and plants to fish, have suffered the dangerous effects of climate change, but insects are thriving in the state's warmer climate, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. The evidence is clear, said Ed Per...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber bullying. Photo courtesy www.stopbullying.gov

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media are providing online channels for negative interactions between children. More than half of teens report they have witnessed online bullying. Peggy Caruso, a life coac...Read More

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