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State Says County Agency Mishandled Case of Scioto Co. Baby Found Dead

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – The state says a children services agency mishandled the case of a months-old boy who was found dead in an Ohio well and whose parents have pleaded not guilty to charges including aggravated murder. The Columbus Dispatch reports Ohio’s Department of Job and Family Services recently informed Scioto County Children Services… Read More

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22 Kentucky Counties Need Volunteers to Review Foster Care Cases

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Officials say 22 Kentucky counties need volunteers to review cases of children in foster care. Volunteers review the cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The Administrative Office of the Courts says in… Read More

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W.Va. Lawsuit: School Official Harassed Trans Teen in Bathroom

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A lawsuit has been filed on behalf of a West Virginia transgender male who said an assistant principal harassed him when he tried to use the boys’ bathroom, the latest in a string of court challenges to school policies for transgender students nationwide. The lawsuit filed in state court accuses the… Read More

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WV School Boss: I Didn’t Mean to Downplay Homeless Students

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – The head of West Virginia’s school system says he didn’t mean to downplay the seriousness of the rising number of homeless students in the state. Superintendent of Schools Steven Paine issued a statement Friday saying he “in no way intended to convey that the data was not significant” at an education… Read More

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Former W.Va. Educators Charged After Alleged Verbal Abuse

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – West Virginia’s top prosecutor says three former educators have been arrested on charges that they verbally abused two autistic students. Attorney General Patrick Morrisey says former special education teacher Christina Lester and former aides June Yurish and Kristin Douty were arrested Friday morning and charged with misdemeanor failure to report abuse… Read More

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West Virginia Girl Found in Mexico, Mother Facing Charges

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CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — Federal officials say a missing West Virginia girl has been found in Mexico and her mother is facing charges. The U.S. Marshals Service on Wednesday announced it located the 6-year-old and her mother at a hotel in Mexico City with the help of Mexican authorities Tuesday. The girl was reported missing… Read More