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Ex-Tempe police detective dies after getting West Nile virus

Sep. 23, 2021 17:09 PM EDT

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A former Tempe police detective has died after contracting West Nile virus, authorities said Thursday. Police officials said Nathan Ryberg had been in a medically induced coma since Sept. 11 while fighting the virus plus encephalitis, which is an...

Judge: Texas is to blame for foster care neglect, failures

Sep. 15, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

AUSTIN (AP) — A federal judge has accused Texas leaders for failing to act on her orders to fix the foster care neglect in which 400 or so children are being abused and spending multiple nights each month in motels or offices buildings. Tuesday's hearing before U.S....

Kentucky reaches settlement over placement of foster kids

Sep. 13, 2021 12:52 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials have reached an agreement over how the state will oversee treatment of foster children placed with private agencies. The settlement came from a two decades-old federal lawsuit alleging religious coercion of children and...

5 Lansing-area siblings, separated as kids, find each other

Sep. 12, 2021 01:09 AM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Josephine Herrera didn’t know growing up that her family was fractured, but she witnessed sudden bouts of sadness that sometimes overtook her mother. They were clues something was missing. “I remember, you know, growing up,...

Former Mississippi foster teen is on the road to success

Sep. 12, 2021 00:02 AM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — As heavy droplets of water fell one late August afternoon, Sirayah Miller stood outside with eyes closed, oblivious to the rain. Surrounding her was a small group of women, including Sarah Dale Harmon, a longtime foster parent. Just around the...

Virginia boy to appear on ‘American Ninja Warrior Junior’

Sep. 11, 2021 09:04 AM EDT

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Until just a few years ago, Joey Ray was a “behind-the-scenes kid.” “He was shy and he wouldn’t talk to anybody,” Joey’s mom, Deeanna Ray, said. “He’d just hide behind me.” Now 12 years old, Joey isn’t...

Democrat announces bid for Arkansas lieutenant governor

Sep. 09, 2021 19:34 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A graduate student from northwest Arkansas who advocates for foster families announced Thursday her candidacy for lieutenant governor, becoming the first Democrat to do so. Kelly Krout, a former foster parent from Lowell, said she would seek the...

Tribes, states seek review of Native child adoptions case

Sep. 08, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to review a case that centers on whether Native Americans should receive preference in adoptions of Native children. The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a sharply divided ruling in April over the...

Editorial Roundup: Nebraska

Sep. 06, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

Omaha World-Herald. Sept. 5, 2021. Editorial: Ricketts administration must step up and fix the Nebraska child welfare crisis That’s it! We’ve seen enough. The State of Nebraska must serve notice that it will terminate its...

Virginia man finds path out of foster care, to homeownership

Sep. 05, 2021 09:03 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — In late summer, the ravine is overgrown with kudzu and other greenery, but come winter, Tiler McFadden knows he’ll have a view of the river, a sweeping vista visible off the front porch of his newly purchased home. When McFadden entered foster...