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Society
2:14 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

The Numbers Add Up To This: Less And Less Opportunity For Poor Kids

An employee at the American Disposables Inc. factory works on the assembly line in October 2009 in Ware, Mass. The state has seen rapidly expanding income disparity in the past 50 years as highly educated tech and financial workers have seen big gains and inflation-adjusted income has shrunk for the poorest residents.
Spencer Platt Getty Images

Originally published on Tue March 10, 2015 12:57 pm

In this country, all children are supposed to have a shot at success — a chance to jump "from rags to riches" in one generation.

Even if riches remain out of reach, then the belief has been that every hard-working American should be able to go from poverty to the middle class.

On Tuesday, a book and a separate study are being released — both turning up evidence that the one-generation leap is getting harder to accomplish in an economy so tied to education, technological know-how and networking.

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Science
4:33 pm
Wed February 4, 2015

Local Source for Austim Spectrum Diagnosis and Therapy

Dr. Becky Nastally
Credit bloombehavior.com

There's been national news this week about the loneliness of families living with autism spectrum disorder and finding little support. On Sounds Good, Kate Lochte speaks with Dr. Becky Nastally, who founded Bloom Behavior Therapy, LLC. in Paducah. She works with children with autism and other developmental disabilities, their families and the schools in which they study.

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Science
12:49 pm
Fri December 12, 2014

Kentucky's Child Medicaid Recipients Prescribed Psychotropic Drugs at Double the National Rate

Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 12:03 pm

Kentucky children who receive Medicaid are prescribed medications to treat mental illness and behavioral issues at double the rate of the national average, according to research from the Child and Adolescent Health Research Design and Support Unit at the University of Louisville.

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Education
11:00 am
Mon December 8, 2014

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

Examples of a family drawing assessment: A drawing from a child scored with minimal indicators of family dysfunction (top), and one from a child scored with elevated levels of family dysfunction (bottom).
W. Roger Mills-Koonce

Originally published on Mon December 8, 2014 11:10 am

When children reach 6 years old, their drawings matter.

Not because of those purple unicorns or pinstripe dragons but because of how kids sketch themselves and the very real people in their lives.

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Science
10:55 am
Mon November 10, 2014

Study: Detergent Pods Can Harm Children Who Play With Them

Laundry detergent makers recently introduced miniature packets, but doctors across the country say children are confusing the tiny, brightly colored packets with candy and swallowing them.
Pat Sullivan Associated Press

Originally published on Mon November 10, 2014 6:58 am

It's generally a good idea to have the number of the poison control center handy. That's an even better plan if you have laundry detergent and small children at home.

For decades, poison centers received many calls each year about children swallowing laundry detergent or getting it in their eyes. That problem has gotten worse due to new highly concentrated single-load liquid laundry detergent packets.

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Society
6:47 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Constru Casa Builds Homes for Guatemalan Families with Western Ketucky Help

Building new homes
construcasa.org

Badgett Playhouse's Bill Minihan visits Sounds Good with Caroline van Heerde. She's the founder and director of Constru Casa, an organization that builds housing for families living in extreme poverty in Guatemala. Minihan's involvement with Constru Casa has led to more than $100,000 raised in our region to support its work. 

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Society
3:48 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

MSU Professor Gives Context to Central American Refugee Crisis

A poster for a campaign targeted at countries where many minors traveling to the U.S. originate. Translation: "I thought it would be easy for my son to get his papers in the North. That wasn't true."
Credit cbp.gov

Thursday, NPR's Steve Inskeep spoke with Sonia Nazario, the author of "Enrique's Journey," a book about a child from Honduras who reached the United States, and she says many of the thousands of Central American children crossing the U.S. - Mexico border are actually refugees, not migrants who mostly need to be sent home. Murray State College of Humanities and Fine Arts History Professor Dr. Bill Schell's areas of research involve Latin America and Mexico and Kate Lochte asks him about the background for the current spike in numbers of children trying to enter the U.S.

Food
6:51 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Summer Feeding Sites for Children on Free Lunch Programs

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National studies indicate only one of seven children who receive a free or reduced school lunch gets a similar meal over the summer. 

Kathy Galliger, an official with the State Department of Education, said logistics and a scarcity of sponsoring groups, create the biggest barriers to getting food to hungry kids in the summer. While her agency, the state's summer food service program, doesn't track such numbers, Galliger suspects Kentucky's figures are even worse than the one-in-seven national statistic.  Still, she said there are federal dollars to pay for food.

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Health
7:38 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Researchers Study Exercise During Pregnancy for Child Cancer Protection

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  An area of cancer research at the University of Kentucky is focusing on exercise for mothers during pregnancy to help prevent cancer in their children.  

Second year grad student Alyssa Jarrel is involved in conducting the study and said the research has focused so far on mice, but could very well have implications for humans.  

  "Pregnancy is such a short term intervention and it can have long term benefits for the offspring.  So, we're talking nine months for an intervention for the mom to have lifetime benefits for the child,"  Jarrel said.

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Society
3:23 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

CASA by the Lakes Hosts Pirates vs. Ninjas Fundraiser This Weekend

CASA by the Lakes Executive Director Lindsey Harlan joins Kate Lochte on Sounds Good to recap with us the upcoming Pirates v. Ninjas Fun Walk/Run and Chili Challenge at Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park this weekend, September 28th. It raises funds for CASA’s safe placement of abused and neglected children in Calloway and Marshall Counties. They also talk about the work court appointed special advocates do in Marshall and Calloway Counties and the unity between counties and regionwide. Call 270-761-0164 or email casapr@murray-ky.net for more information about the fundraiser.

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