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by Mnar Muhawesh

May 7, 2016

On May 4, a judge in the 250th District Court granted a temporary restraining order preventing the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services from issuing a childcare license to the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas.

These families are fleeing South American countries where they face inhumane conditions at the hands of corrupt governments, organized crime and economic hardships, much of which had been fueled by trade deals like NAFTA.

by Damian Dominguez

May 7, 2016

More than a dozen people are waiting to follow Sandra James' lead in suing a company responsible for drug test results sent to the Department of Social Services that might have been falsified.

"We're not sure how many people this affects," said Laura Saunders, a Laurens attorney working on many of the pending legal cases. "Drug tests came back positive for children, which were absolutely false. It exposes children to being taken out of their homes, some put in foster care." People affected might be facing false accusations of drug use and child abuse, and could lose their jobs or children in the process, she said.

by Blake Ellis and Melanie Hicken

May 7, 2016

Stolen pay. Sexual harassment. Months without a paycheck. Outrageous fees and expenses that eat away at earnings. And no one to turn to for help.

Models allege that labor abuses like these run rampant in the modeling industry -- leaving many workers feeling more like indentured servants than the glamorous high fashion icons young girls around the world dream of becoming.

by David Ingram

May 7, 2016

A former employee accused Wells Fargo & Co of instructing workers at a call center to refrain from telling customers about lost deeds or other missing documents, and of firing the worker who called the policy unethical.

Duke Tran, who was a customer service specialist at the bank, says that his supervisor berated him for telling a husband and wife that their loan contract was missing from an internal system. Tran and others later received an email instructing them not to tell customers about situations "where we have a lost contract, deed, any type of document, really, but especially when it relates to securing a property," according to a copy of the email filed with the lawsuit.

by Chris Young

May 6, 2016

The U.S. Department of Education has closed an investigation after more than 16 months into San Diego Unified School District's mishandling of a sexual assault at an elementary school.

According to documents obtained by inewsource through a Freedom of Information Act request, district officials acknowledged not following district policies and federal law while responding to a parent's complaint that his child was sexually assaulted by a student in a school restroom three years ago.

by Kristine Guerra

May 5, 2016

Under state law, a person who fails to report suspected child abuse can be charged with a crime, a Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine. But can that person also be sued for it?...

A Shelbyville doctor accused of not reporting suspected abuse of a child, who was later found dead, argues that, based on legal precedent in Indiana, he is immune to a civil lawsuit. A Marion County judge must soon decide whether that is the case.

by Angela Woolsey

April 12, 2016

When someone calls the Fairfax County Child Protective Services' hotline for reporting abuse or neglect, a social worker is on hand to screen the report and determine whether or not it's valid.

Fairfax County (and every other jurisdiction in the state of Virginia) uses four criteria to determine whether a report warrants assignment to a CPS specialist: 1. The incident must have taken place in Virginia...

by Edward M. Murphy

April 11, 2016

THE MASSACHUSETTS ORGANIZATION responsible for running the state's child welfare system has had four different names over a period of 40 years, which is not a sign of success.

Each change was prompted by widespread concern with the way the agency did its work. Extensive media coverage of terrible incidents involving vulnerable children despoiled the organization's reputation to the point where a name change seemed a necessary part of any rehabilitation.

by Kristen Wyatt

April 11, 2016

A new Colorado law allowing medical marijuana use at public schools is getting a second look Monday in a House committee. The current law allows students who need medical marijuana to use edible pot at public schools.

Medical marijuana has been legal in some states for two decades. But school districts and lawmakers nationwide are only now starting to grapple with thorny issues about student use of a drug still illegal under federal law. Colorado is one of three states where medical marijuana is legal that has any rules for use in schools, according to the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project.

by Phil Prazan

April 10, 2016

One week ago Haruka Weiser disappeared. The 18-year-old Fine Arts major at UT never made it back to her dorm after leaving from class. Police found her body Tuesday morning on campus along Waller Creek.

Thursday officers arrested her accused killer,17-year-old Meechaiel Criner. We do not know when he'll be appearing in court as there are no pre-trial hearings on the calendar. We have learned his defense attorney is Ariel Payan. He's represented two high profile capital murder suspects in the past - Mark Norwood and Brandon Daniel. Payan couldn't tell us much this weekend when we talked to him. He said he has not met with Criner enough to release a statement. But we have heard from Criner's grandmother and his sister.

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