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Archive: February 27, 2013

DENVER - The U.S. Supreme Court today begins considering the future of a key provision of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The law was designed to help make sure that everyone would have an equal right to vote - banning practices such as poll taxes or other voter intimidation efforts. But now, nearly 50 ...Read More

PHOTO: Dental health is linked to a person's overall health, so it's important to start kids out right with check-ups and good dental hygiene habits. Courtesy of Virginia Community Health Care Association.

RICHMOND, Va. - February is National Children's Dental Health Month, and as we head into March, children's advocates in Virginia stress the importance of making kids' dental care a priority all year long. Because dental health is linked to overall health, said Dr. Sheilandice Holmes, a dentist at A ...Read More

PHOTO: A new national report shows the number of children being locked up Kentucky is rapidly declining, which follows a national trend.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Mirroring a national trend, the percentage of Kentucky youths who are being locked up after getting in trouble with the law is steadily declining. A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that Kentucky is below the national average for youth incarceration. Ch ...Read More

PHOTO: There's been a big drop nationwide in the number of youth behind bars, but Wyoming still jails young people at the second-highest rate in the nation. Photo courtesy of AECF.

LARAMIE, Wyo. - The "lock 'em up" approach to juvenile crime is becoming a thing of the past nationally. A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows a big drop in the number of youths behind bars - and, at the same time, juvenile crime rates also are down. Wyoming saw a 12 perce ...Read More

PHOTO: Research is being presented today that shows how potential academic gains can be connected to school breakfast programs that serve low-income students in Maryland. Photo courtesy of No Child Hungry Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - Mom has said it forever: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. New research being presented today in Annapolis shows just how right mom was. The study, a collaboration between Share Our Strength and Deloitte, shows that when school breakfast is served to low-income stude ...Read More

PHOTO: Research shows that academic gains can be traced to participation in school breakfast programs for low-income students. Courtesy of Share Our Strength.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - About $1 million would buy a lot of meals from a school cafeteria, and that's exactly what a bill in the Arkansas Senate aims to do. The measure would make money available for grants to prompt more schools in the state to serve breakfast in the classroom. It's well documented t ...Read More

PHOTO: Jim Moeser of the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families says just locking up children when they misbehave or commit minor offenses is not good for them - or for the community.

MADISON, Wis. - Although the United States still leads the industrialized world in the rate at which it puts young people in prison, the youth confinement rate is dropping rapidly, according to a report released today from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In 1997, Wisconsin had more than 2,000 juveni ...Read More

The San Juan Generating Station is a 40-year-old, 1,800-megawatt coal-fired power plant near Farmington, New Mexico.<br />PHOTO: Courtesy of San Juan Citizens Alliance<br />

SANTA FE, N.M. - For the Sierra Club in New Mexico, Renewable Energy Day at the state Legislature on Friday is just one of the 100 Days of Action on Clean Energy and Climate. Sponsored by the Sierra Club, volunteer group Got Sol and state Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, the day will focus on how rene ...Read More

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