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The state of Michigan is in desperate need of foster and adoptive parents, reports Diana Dillaber Murray of the News-Herald.

The Texas attorney general has been asked to clarify whether health professionals must report claims made by adults who say they were abused as children, reports David Pittman of Houston Public Radio.

Volunteerism among college students is on the decline, reports Melody Brumble of the Shreveport Times.

Steven Overly of the Washington Post reports on Maryland’s plan to create an online database of the financial incentives that the state provides to companies when they promise to create jobs, open new facilities or otherwise contribute to the economy.

Milwaukee Urban League CEO Ralph Hollmon writes in the Journal Sentinel to support Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett's Youth Employment Initiative.

Louisiana is struggling to adjust its sentencing practices to line up with the 2010 Supreme Court decision to eliminate life without parole sentences for juveniles who are convicted of non-homicide offenses, reports Paul Purpura of the Times-Picayune.

Jacob Sullum of Reason looks into the question: Of the nation’s estimated 747,408 registered sex offenders, how many are actually dangerous.

Christine Willmsen of the Seattle Times examines Washington’s civil commitment facility for sex offenders, which is used in lieu of prison and has racked up pretty high bills for lawyers and psychologists.

In other Washington news, state senators are considering a plan to restrict juvenile records from potential employers, reports Mike Baker of The Associated Press.

Former colleagues believe Melodee Hanes can make the best of a tough situation as the new acting administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, reports Ryan Schill of the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.