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Highlights of bipartisan gun violence bill signed by Biden

Jun. 25, 2022 13:20 PM EDT

Highlights of the bipartisan gun violence bill that President Joe Biden signed on Saturday: —Expanded background checks: State and local juvenile and mental health records of gun purchasers will be part of federal background checks for buyers age 18 to 20. Three-day maximum for...

DOJ: Maine violates ADA in care of kids with disabilities

Jun. 22, 2022 18:13 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Maine unnecessarily institutionalizes youths with mental health and developmental disabilities because of a lack of sufficient community-based services that would allow them to stay in their homes, the U.S. Department of Justice said Wednesday in declaring a violation of...

New Hampshire outlines youth center abuse settlement process

Jun. 16, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Raped? $200,000. Infected with a sexually transmitted disease? Add $100,000. Impregnated? Add $200,000. These are among the possible payments for those physically and sexually abused as children at the state-run Youth Development Center, according to preliminary drafts...

Latest youth center lawsuit also targets other facilities

Jun. 15, 2022 17:46 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire man who spent six years in state custody as a child is suing multiple facilities alleging physical and sexual abuse. The lawsuit filed Tuesday is the latest of more than 400 targeting the Sununu Youth Services Center, formerly called the Youth...

Report: Fires, heat waves cause 'climate anxiety' in youth

Jun. 15, 2022 09:44 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Oregon health officials say the impacts of climate change, including more devastating wildfires, heat waves, drought and poor air quality, are fueling “climate anxiety” among young people. Their findings have been published in a report that highlights...

Lawsuit: Death of Black teen at juvenile center foreshadowed

Jun. 13, 2022 14:25 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The death of a Black teenager at a Kansas juvenile detention center was foreshadowed five years earlier by a state inspection that noted systemic deficiencies in the facility's handling of children with mental health issues, according to a federal civil rights lawsuit filed...

Editorial Roundup: Georgia

Jun. 09, 2022 13:01 PM EDT

Brunswick News. June 2, 2022. Editorial: Tougher penalties needed for firing a gun in public Georgia legislators need to consider stiffer penalties for any person who is charged and found guilty of discharging a gun in public. Such incidents are getting out of hand in...

Editorial Roundup: Florida

Jun. 08, 2022 14:28 PM EDT

Palm Beach Post. June 5, 2022. Editorial: Sen. Rick Scott, get to work on gun reform Who would have thought that Florida’s junior senator, Richard Lynn Scott, could be the right man to bring a gun safety measure to the U.S. Senate and rally colleagues to enact the...

Editorial Roundup: Texas

Jun. 06, 2022 13:11 PM EDT

Austin American-Statesman. June 5, 2022. Editorial: Gov. Abbott, call a special session on guns A distraught Uvalde community spent last week grieving at the first funerals of children slaughtered in their classroom. Republican elected officials did what they always...

In historic shift, far fewer teens face adult US courts

Jun. 06, 2022 07:32 AM EDT

David Harrington spent a tense eight months in a Philadelphia jail when he was a teenager — the result of a robbery charge in 2014 that automatically sent his case to the adult court system under state law. Only 16 at the time, he said he got into fights and spent time in...