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Child Welfare

The Associated Press reports (via MSNBC) on a study in the journal Pediatrics that energy drinks are dangerous for teens. The drinks can cause heart palpitations, seizures and even sudden death.

Craig Schneider of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the recent deaths of four children who were known to child welfare agencies has raised questions about the decision to leave the children with their abusive or neglectful parents.

Education/Jobs

The News Leader (Staunton, Va.) reports on a new study showing having a part-time job has negative effects on a teen's academic performance.

The Idaho Department of Labor, in attempting to find partners to support its summer youth employment program, has found a key ally: the Idaho Mountain Express.

And from the Fay Observer (N.C.), North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue’s state of the state speech included calling for free community college for some high-performing high school students.

Texas' gaping budget hole has local school districts scrambling for money to replace expected drastic reductions in state aid to schools. James C. McKinley reports in The New York Times.

Juvenile Justice

Despite a Missouri law that requires prosecutors to consider racial disparities in any decision to try a juvenile as an adult, black youths still are sent to adult court at a rate that is three to four times the proportion of blacks in the state’s populations, Blackvoicenews.com reports.