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Juvenile Justice
Nebraska lawmakers gave a first-round thumbs-up to changing how the state deals with youngsters who run afoul of the law.

Cook County sparks national changes in mental health care for delinquent youth.

Author and editor Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad shared his knowledge about the relationship between race and crime in a lecture titled, “The Condemnation of Blackness: The Past Meets the Present” on Tuesday evening.


Education

WASHINGTON — U.S. students are falling behind their international rivals. Young people aren’t adept at new technology. America’s economy will suffer if schools don’t step up their game.

Brought to the United States as a baby, Itzel Ortega had no way to get financial aid to become an architect. Then a former teacher, recalling her own story, stepped in.

The Minnesota House decided Tuesday to pay for free all-day kindergarten statewide, to make early-childhood education programs more affordable and to pump more money into K-12 classrooms ­— the promised goodies from tax hikes the DFL majority is expected to take up later this week.


Child Welfare
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Looking for a new and more effective method for delivering important messages about HIV/AIDS to teens, University of South Carolina researchers turned to the graphic novel format.

Thumbs down: State should do more for foster care teens.