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Child Welfare

Michael Nash signed an order opening up to the media most Los Angeles County Juvenile Court proceedings, reports Garrett Therolf of the Los Angeles Times. A Juvenile Court proceeding will now be open to reporters unless a compelling case is made to close it in the best interest of the child or children involved.

Some child welfare advocates in Maryland are expressing support for the state’s concerns about one of its largest service providers, reports Yvonne Wenger of the Baltimore Sun, following up on her earlier story that the state was seeking to sever ties with Contemporary Family Services.


Rep. Ron Paul, a marginal candidate at the moment in the Republican primary race, voiced opposition to the DREAM Act on economic grounds at a speech in front of a largely Hispanic crowd in Nevada, reports Rodney Hawkins of CBS News. Fellow candidate Mitt Romney opposes the legislation, and Newt Gingrich said he is open to a version the focuses only on military service.

A Kentucky state legislative committee approved a bill Wednesday that would create an independent commission to beef up oversight of the for-profit college industry, reports Mike Wynn of the Courier-Journal.

Dan Piller of the Des Moines Register reports that the Department of Labor will change its proposed new rules about child labor on farms, which has been skewered in the media by agricultural groups who said the regs would have been disastrous.

Juvenile Justice

The SnoValley Star editorial board writes in opposition to bills that would restrict access to the records of all minors except those accused of serious violent offenses.

 A 16-year-old Utah boy was first filed into juvenile court for accusations that he and an 18-year-old had planned to bomb a school assembly, but prosecutors now want to try him as an adult, reports the Associated Press.