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Juvenile Justice
VIRGINIA -- Richmond says report will guide reopening of juvenile center.

WASHINGTON -- Clark County is one of four places across the nation that has received a grant to help harness the power of research showing that caring adults can make a difference helping youth turn away from a life of crime.

Michigan could save millions of dollars and reduce its prison population by sending fewer children to juvenile justice facilities and treating them while they remain at home, according to a new report and major study issued today by the Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency (MCCD).

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has issued an opinion addressing available remedies on appeals for juveniles sentenced to life without parole in light of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that held that such sentences are cruel and unusual punishment.


Education
Michelle Rhee came to prominence as the tough-minded chancellor of Washington DC schools. Now she's in Sacramento, taking on the state's system and its teachers unions.

WEST VIRIGINIA -- Local officials see education reform bill as a start.

The Iowa Senate passed its version of education reform on a party-line vote last night, setting the stage for hard negotiations with House Republicans and Gov. Terry Branstad’s administration.


Child Welfare 

A state official says Arizona's child-welfare program will be short nearly $3 million in child-care funding because of the federal government's automatic budget cuts.

Drug testing for Texas welfare applicants moved a step closer to reality Tuesday when the bill’s author accepted legislative changes to ensure that children would continue to receive benefits if a parent is caught using drugs.

The Vermont House is preparing to debate the budget and a number of new tax proposals this week, and House leaders are already trying to line up votes for a $1.3 billion plan that includes a contentious bid to cap welfare benefits.