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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Idaho Kids Under the Microscope

June 12, 2008

Boise, ID – The day-to-day lives of Idaho's kids have been examined, and they're getting better. The 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book released today shows Idaho's high school dropout rate has improved, infant mortality has decreased and the number of kids not in school and not working has declined. In fact, the state's KIDS COUNT ranking bounced up to 14th best in the nation, from 27th last year.

However, Idaho's child poverty rate continues to tick up, the report notes. Linda Jensen with Idaho KIDS COUNT says that's the one big downside, and it's associated with other problems.

"A worsening economic condition for children means they're at higher risk for health care issues or for performing more poorly in education."

Jensen says one predictor of juvenile crime is kids who are not in school and not working, and there Idaho has made progress.

"The percentage of idle teens improved significantly -- by 45 percent -- dropping from 11 percent to six percent."

The report this year focuses on juvenile justice reform. In Idaho, about 500 juveniles are locked up each year, 75 percent of whom are behind bars for non-violent crimes. The study recommends that Idaho look into alternatives to jail time, such as behavior training and mental health treatment. However, backers of getting tough on juvenile crime say serious sentences help protect people and property.

The full report is available online at www.kidscount.org.

Deborah Smith/Don Mathisen, Public News Service - ID