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Social media offers parents more controls. But do they help?

Aug. 10, 2022 10:53 AM EDT

As concerns about social media's harmful effects on teens continue to rise, platforms from Snapchat to TikTok to Instagram are bolting on new features they say will make their services safer and more age appropriate. But the changes rarely address the elephant in the the room — the algorithms...

Editorial Roundup: Indiana

Aug. 09, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

Terre Haute Tribune-Star. August 3, 2022. Editorial: Hopeful trend on substance abuse by youth The past two years have not produced an overwhelming amount of positives. The COVID-19 pandemic leaves few silver linings. Yet, one byproduct of the...

Nebraska won't hold special legislative session on abortion

Aug. 08, 2022 17:40 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts announced Monday that he will not call a special legislative session to try to enact a 12-week abortion ban because the measure doesn't have enough votes to break a filibuster. Ricketts — a Republican who has said he wants to ban...

Melissa Bank, witty, bestselling author, dies at 61

Aug. 04, 2022 11:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Melissa Bank, whose 1999 bestseller “The Girls' Guide to Hunting and Fishing" was a series of interconnected stories widely praised for its wit and precise language and embraced by young readers, has died at age 61. Viking Books announced that Bank died Tuesday...

Miami school board reverses itself, approves sex ed textbook

Jul. 29, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — The board for Florida’s largest school district rescinded a decision made last week that rejected new sex education textbooks for middle and high school students. The debate over the sex education materials in Miami took place as school districts and boards navigate...

New South Carolina juvenile justice chief pushes reforms

Jul. 28, 2022 05:57 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Turning around South Carolina’s chronically dangerous juvenile prisons is now the job of a prosecutor who sent some of those children to jail. Department of Juvenile Justice Director Eden Hendrick is leading the troubled agency after two of her predecessors...

Juvenile justice recruiting applicants for jobs across state

Jul. 18, 2022 03:13 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — The Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice is recruiting applicants for more than 160 job openings at 24 facilities across the state, officials said. As part of the recruitment efforts, a job fair is being held July 20 at Jefferson Regional Juvenile Detention...

Parkland jurors must manage trial stress on their own

Jul. 16, 2022 08:00 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The jurors chosen to decide whether Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz is executed will visit a bloodstained crime scene, view graphic photos and videos and listen to intense emotional testimony — an experience they will have to manage entirely on their own. ...

EXPLAINER: How gestational age plays a role in abortion laws

Jul. 14, 2022 17:26 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The abortion bans taking effect after the nation's highest court overturned Roe v. Wade vary greatly in how they define when a pregnancy can be ended. Some laws prohibit abortion at the point of the “first detectable heartbeat" while others restrict...

Mental health figures into Pennsylvania's education funding

Jul. 12, 2022 14:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Amid a growing population of youth experiencing mental health crises, as well as another spate of mass shootings around the country, Pennsylvania lawmakers are prioritizing mental health services in this year’s budget by approving a first-time line item of $100 million...