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    • Stateline Story
    July 12, 2006
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    A recent rash of stolen government laptops, hacked computer databases and misplaced files has highlighted the difficulty public agencies have protecting personal data from falling into the hands of identity thieves and other criminals.
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    • Stateline Story
    May 15, 2006
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    Mississippi, the state with the lowest breastfeeding rate in the country, has passed a broad new law allowing mothers to nurse at work and in public. In addition, five other states - Arizona, Kentucky, Kansas, South Carolina and Alabama - passed laws protecting mothers from charges of indecent exposure when they nurse in public places.
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    • Stateline Story
    May 8, 2003
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    Instances of children missing from foster care and suffering abuse and neglect while under state custody should motivate lawmakers to reform failing foster care programs, according to a new commission that plans to come up with recommendations to help improve the lives of foster children. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 6, 2002
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    Only 12 percent of families eligible for child care get the help they need. But President Bushs welfare reform reauthorization plan doesnt have any new money for child care, which concerns advocates for the poor and some state lawmakers. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 4, 2002
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    Nobody seriously doubts the value of breast-feeding, but until recently the connection between nursing and employment hasnt been on policymakers radar screens. Now, in what appears to be a trend, lawmakers in 31 states have approved breast-feeding legislation within the last eight years. more

    • Stateline Story
    September 11, 2000
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    A new government report says motion picture, music and electronic games companies unscrupulously market products that promote violence to children under 17-years-of-age. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) found evidence in marketing and media plans that "expressly target children under 17" and promote the products in outlets frequented by youngsters. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 15, 2000
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    The states have failed to spend money set aside specifically to prevent poor children from losing their health insurance as a result of welfare reform. Even as hundreds of thousands were losing their health coverage, millions of dollars in a federal Medicaid transition fund went unused. Advocates for the uninsured have estimated that most of the poor children who lost Medicaid coverage following welfare reform were still eligible. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 14, 2000
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    New York is the latest of a growing number of states requiring hospitals to screen newborn babies for hearing impairment. Gov. George Pataki signed the bill into law December 22 in a move that coincided with the launch of a national campaign urging all states to have such tests. Research indicates that when a baby is tested in the first six months of life and found to be hearing impaired, there is time to eliminate deafness with modern technology and get the child on a normal learning schedule. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 31, 1999
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    The Children's Rights Council recently declared Maine as the best state to raise a child. However, a closer look at all available statistics show the state lagging behind in several important categories. In the words of one key official: "We may start them out right but they don't end right." more

    • Stateline Story
    July 15, 1999
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    An Arizona group of physicians has called for a moratorium on controversial hepatitis B immunizations for schoolchildren pending further study of possible dangerous side effects from the vaccine, and accuses school districts that require the shots of "practicing medicine without a license." In a separate development last week, the U.S. Public Health Service and the powerful American Academy of Pediatrics recommended that the first dose of hepatitis B vaccine be postponed from birth until two to six months of age because it contains the mercury-based preservative thimerosal, which can be toxic if small infants receive too much of it. For more information, go to more

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