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Media Digest 7-29-2010

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In this edition, you’ll read about efforts to fight crime by supporting new parents through home visiting programs. 2009 Voices for Children awardee, Laura Wells of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, joined police officers and other child advocates to report findings showing early intervention prevents future crime. You’ll also read about how time is running out for Congress to reauthorize the Child Nutrition Act before the August recess – an important step in ending childhood hunger. 
Law enforcement joins call to fund abuse prevention | Yakima Herald-Republic I 07-27-2010
Advocates of child abuse prevention programs, lawmakers and local law enforcement officers gathered at Children's Village on Tuesday to urge Gov. Chris Gregoire not to cut funding for local programs providing home visits to poor, young, first-time parents to give them parenting skills and teach them how to keep their children from trouble. Yakima police Chief Sam Granato and Yakima County Sheriff Ken Irwin explained the direct correlation between child abuse and crime. Irwin and Granato are among 4,000 police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors and violent crime prevention advocates statewide who belong to the anti-crime group Fight Crime: Invest in Kids Washington.
View a tv clip: Reducing violent crimes in Yakima through early intervention I KNDO I 07-27-2010
School lunch reform still alive—but in critical condition | Grist I 07-28-2010
Chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) called on the U.S. Senate yesterday to pass the stalled renewal of the National School Lunch Program known as the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Time is running out for the bill, with precious few working Senate days left before the election.

Gregoire talks budget in Vancouver public forum | The Columbian I 07-27-2010

Gov. Chris Gregoire came to Clark County on Tuesday to ask for help making permanent changes in the services that Washington’s financially strapped state government will provide in the future. But at a public meeting at Clark College, attended by about 400 people, most speakers advocated for preserving state funding, whether for higher education, welfare-to-work programs, school levy equalization or environmental protection.
State Senator calls for special session if federal funds fall through I Washington Policy Blog I 07-27-2010
With the prospect of Congress sending Washington another bailout all but dead the Senate's top Republican budget writer is calling on the Governor to call a special session to balance the budget. According to Senator Joe Zarelli a special session is the superior choice to issuing across-the-board cuts for the following reasons: 1. The budget is not "one size fits all", 2. Long-term savings best achieved via a special session, 3. Only way to leave a reserve is through a special session.


Liquor Privatization Initiatives Part 3: Potential Implications I Schmudget I 07-28-2010
Earlier this week, schmudget featured two posts about proposed changes to Washington’s liquor control system. The first post detailed our current, state-run liquor control system while the second explained the differences between Initiatives 1100 and 1105 – both of which would privatize the sale of hard liquor in Washington. Today’s analysis, the last of the series, discusses these measures' potential fiscal and social implications.
1 in 4 kids' parents had no fulltime work in 2008 -- before US economy hit bottom I Birth to Thrive Online I 07-27-2010
Key barometers of U.S. children’s well being declined before the economy hit bottom, with the percentage of kids living in poverty rising in 2008, a new report says. Plus, more than a quarter of U.S. children lived in homes where no parent had year-round full-time work in 2008, according to this year’s 2010 Kids Count Data Book.