Thursday, March 23, 2023


A proposed flavored tobacco ban is back on the table in Minnesota, Trump attorney Evan Corcoran must testify in the documents probe, and a "clean slate" bill in Missouri would make "expungement" automatic.


The Fed raises interest rates and reassures the banking system is sound, Norfolk Southern reaffirms a commitment to the people of East Palestine, and TikTok creators gather at the Capitol to support free expression.


Finding childcare is a struggle everywhere, prompting North Carolina's Transylvania County to try a new approach. Maine is slowly building-out broadband access, but disagreements remain over whether local versus national companies should get the contracts, and specialty apps like "Farmers Dating" help those in small communities connect online.

Super Bowl Time Brings Spike in Child Abuse Consults


Thursday, January 30, 2014   

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Super Bowl Sunday is just days away and as excitement builds, doctors at one Missouri hospital are urging parents to find a way to cope with the strong emotions of the big game without taking it out on their children.

Dr. Tanya Burrell, a child abuse pediatrician at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, attributes the sharp rise in the number of cases her team is called to consult on this time of year to a combination of excessive passion for the game, big parties, gambling and too much drinking.

"We know that alcohol consumption does tend to cloud judgment, and that does put kids at risk,” she explains. “You know that also includes neglect, so supervisional neglect, different kinds of injuries."

Burrell encourages parents to plan ahead, and if they're throwing or attending a Super Bowl party, to make sure children are in a safe place to play and away from heightened emotion or aggression.

Burrell adds that there's nothing wrong with being passionate about the game and enjoying a good party, but she stresses that it is no excuse for parents to abandon their fundamental role.

"If there is a baby that is crying during a high time in the middle of the game, if you can't handle it, put the baby down, give the baby to someone else and then just step away,” she advises. “We are responsible for our kids, whether there is a Super Bowl game on or not."

Burrell says over the past several years, the number of child abuse consultations at Children's Mercy Hospital has doubled or even tripled in the weeks surrounding the Super Bowl, with doctors seeing a particularly marked increase in 2013.

get more stories like this via email

In 2020, 35% of Idaho mothers had Medicaid at the time of their child's birth. (WavebreakMediaMicro/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

With concerning trends emerging for pregnant and postpartum women, frustration is growing that Idaho lawmakers could end the session without …

Health and Wellness

Health advocates are promoting a package of bills this legislative session to make health care easier to get - and more affordable. The Care 4 All …

Social Issues

A new study from the University of New Hampshire found New England's LGBTQ+ residents experience higher rates of food insufficiency, the measure of …

According to the Center for American Progress, nearly nine in 10 employers, four in five landlords, and three in five colleges use background checks to screen for applicants' criminal records. (Yurii Kibalnik/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

A large percentage of Missourians who could to have their criminal records "expunged" have not done so, despite the effects expungement -- referred …

Social Issues

A person's work personnel file can be important to review, but some Washingtonians are finding them hard to obtain. A bill in Olympia would ensure …

The most recent Farm Bill covered areas such as agricultural conservation, trade and foreign food assistance, farm credit and research. (Adobe Stock)


The U.S. Farm Bill is up for reauthorization, and Congress faces calls to avoid any delays so certain programs can keep helping farmers and consumers …


As wildfire seasons in Colorado and across the American West become longer, less predictable and increasingly destructive, a new report aims to …


New research shows the demand for native seed supply across the Western United States, including Nevada, has increased, but the supply simply is not …


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright 2021