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Child Welfare

Willard Shepard of NBC Miami reports on 20 new Florida child welfare workers who received advanced training in an effort to avoid the mistakes involved in some high-profile child deaths, most notably the Jorge and Carmen Barahona case. The state plans to do the training with another 80 new caseworkers, Shepard reports.


Minnesota online colleges struggle with high dropout rates and low math scores, reports Sarah Lemagie of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Juvenile Justice

Dave Janoski of the Scranton Times-Tribune reports on the two narratives of former Judge Michael Conahan, the main architect of the Luzerne County juvenile court scandal. Conahan “has been a well-respected judge and a mobster's confidant, a generous friend to those in need and an admitted racketeer who took millions for locking up juveniles in for-profit prisons,” reports Janoski.

There is considerable angst on the part of some Pennsylvania prosecutors and lawmakers on the failure to pass legislation that would comply with the Adam Walsh Act, reports Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News.