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The death toll rises in a deadly shooting at a Chicago hospital. Also on the Tuesday rundown: community health centers rise to the challenge after wildfires; plus food inspectors can keep your Thanksgiving meal hearty and healthy

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Public News Service - ND: Youth Issues

Members of a small North Dakota school district used schools in California, Maine and South Dakota as models for a bold experiment in education. (gerik/Twenty20)

HUNTER, N.D. – In the rural North Dakota town of Hunter, an experiment is underway that educators in the area believe could revolutionize the learning process. It involves eliminating grade levels. Northern Cass School District is entering its second year of making education more personalize

Students nationwide walked out of class last week to protest gun violence. (Jeffrey Bary/Flickr)

FARGO, N.D. — North Dakotans of all ages are joining students across the country on Saturday in the March for Our Lives. Protests are scheduled for Bismarck, Fargo, and Minot to support the survivors of the Parkland, Fla., high school shooting as they march in Washington, D.C., and demand th

Kids spend an average of nine hours a day in front of a digital or media device. (Kevin Jarrett/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. — Children's advocates and technology insiders are teaming up in a new campaign to protect kids' brains from the potentially manipulative and addictive power of technology. Common Sense, a group aimed at safeguarding kids in the digital age, and the newly formed Center for Hum

Speaking to someone who is showing warning signs of committing suicide is one of the most important tools for preventing it. (Department of Defense/Wikimedia Commons)

BISMARCK, N.D. -- North Dakotans are coming out from the shadows to speak up about suicide and suicide prevention. The Bismarck/Mandan Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Friday will support the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and its goal to reduce the suicide rate 20 percent by 2025.

Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among people aged 15 to 24 years in North Dakota. (Jared Keener/Flickr)

BISMARCK, N.D. – One of the most disturbing figures in new data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation is that North Dakota teens are three times as likely to commit suicide as their peers nationwide. Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds in the state. Alison Tra

North Dakota leads the nation in committing funds for programs to prevent kids and adults from smoking. (American Cancer Society)

BISMARCK, N.D. – North Dakota's efforts are leading the nation to keep kids away from tobacco and help those that do smoke, quit. A national report lists North Dakota as one of only two states in the country that funds tobacco prevention and cessation programs at levels recommended by the Cent

New census data shows North Dakota saw the biggest drop in child poverty, but large disparities still exist, especially for Native populations. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - North Dakota had the biggest drop in the country's child-poverty rate, but child well-being experts say there's more work to do, especially for Native families. The census data shows North Dakota saw a 20-percent drop in the state's child-poverty rate from 2011 to 2015. Experts po

North Dakota health experts warn that, due to a rise in childhood obesity, the next generation could live shorter lives than their parents. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - September is National Childhood Obesity Month, and North Dakota health experts say today's young people could become the first generation to live shorter lives than their parents. According to the American Heart Association, one in three children is obese or at risk for high blood p

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