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According to a new report, children's health in Florida has improved overall, but is still lagging behind when compared to other states.

According the latest Kids Count report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Florida has slipped three places in overall child well-being, to 40th place from 37th last year.

  

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Some Tampa Bay area residents who like to dress up like their favorite comic book and movie characters are stepping into a new role. These cosplayers are volunteering their time to brighten the lives of children dealing with serious medical issues.

"Reveal" To Air On WLRN

Feb 5, 2015

Coming to WLRN the first Saturday of every month starting Feb. 7 at 3 p.m.

Public radio’s first national investigative reporting show has launched.

“Reveal,” by The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX, is now playing on WLRN and available for download on iTunes.

So what exactly are we revealing?

In our newest episode, “Reveal” reporter Katharine Mieszkowski continues her investigation into the murkiness that surrounds day care records in the U.S.

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After nearly a decade-long fight, a federal judge ruled that Florida’s Medicaid program violates several federal laws when it comes to healthcare for children.

Judge Adalberto Jordan found the care provided through the insurance program for the poor failed to “promote quality of care or equal access” for kids.

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12/23/14 - Season Greetings from Topical Currents.  It isn’t high on priorities, but if you’re the parent of small children, you might have to deal with the matter of Santa Claus.

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10/02/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins with a look at the upcoming A Mindful Miami Conference and how better to serve our community.  We’ll visit with the conference co-chair and founder of Mindful Kids Miami, Valerie York-Zimmerman.  Also with us, David Lawrence – the President of The Early Childhood Initiative Foundation. And more...

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09/02/14 - The United States is the only country in the world that routinely condemns children to die in prison.  On Tuesday's Topical Currents we look at the issue which is the subject of the POV documentary, “15 To Life: Kenneth’s Story.”  It’s the story of one of those children, Kenneth Young, now a young man, seeking a second chance in Florida.  A Supreme

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A new move from the Department of Justice hopes to jumpstart the court proceedings for some of the most recent unaccompanied minors to arrive in the United States. 

The speed, though, has many immigration lawyers alarmed.

The federal government’s new policy says many of the kids who have come into the country on or after May, 1, must have their first court hearing within 21 days from the start of their legal proceedings: the filing of their notice to appear in court.

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According to research at San Francisco State University, Florida is second in the nation in child deaths from heatstrokes in hot cars.

Reggie McKinnon lives in Cape Coral. He lost his daughter Payton to heatstroke in March 2010 after he left her in his car.

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07/03/14 - Thursday’s Topical Currents begins  with novelist and nonfiction writer, Brad Meltzer.  His “Ordinary People Change the World” series of books for children continues with his latest release: “I am Rosa Parks.”    In the second half of the progra

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Florida has the highest rate of drowning in the country and for those younger than 4, water is the No. 1 killer aside from birth defects. But the danger is not spread equally among all children.

Overall, black kids drown at a much higher rate than other children. But among the youngest group of kids — younger than school age — whites and Hispanics fare worse. It’s around the 4 or 5 years old when those tides turn and black kids drown at about three times the rate of other children.

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06/09/14 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with writer and lecturer Andrew Solomon.  His latest book, FAR FROM THE TREE:  Parents, Children and the Search for Identity tells the stories of parents who deal with their exceptional children . . . and find profound meaning doing so. Families cope with deafness, dwarfism, autism, schizophrenia, children conceived in rape, kids who become criminals and transgendered individuals. Solomon tells how diversity makes parents more imaginative and understanding. Don’t miss Topical Currents Monday at 1pm.

06/04/14 - Wednesday’s Topical Currents delves into one of the most controversial and misunderstood medical conditions of our time: ADHD.  With skyrocketing rates of diagnosis and medication treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, alarming questions are being raised and our healthcare system is being impacted by the high costs. We visit with Dr.’s  Stephen Hinshaw and Richard Sheffler.  They’ve written THE ADH

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There’s a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants who aim to cross into the U.S.

And despite the many deadly challenges it poses, more and more children—both with adults and alone—have been risking the journey. That prompted President Obama this week to warn of "an urgent humanitarian situation."

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05/06/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents features a conversation with New York Magazine contributing editor and award-winning journalist, Jennifer Senior. Based on scientific research and studies, she says that parents are more unhappy than their childless peers – although she adds that the high price of raising children comes with high rewards. Senior - the mother of a six year old has written- ALL JOY AND NO FUN: THE PARADOX OF MODERN PARENTHOOD. Join us for Topical Currents . . . Tuesday at 1pm.

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