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by Jilian Mincer

California voters on Tuesday approved significant tax increases on cigarettes and vaping devices, but similar measures fell short in Colorado, North Dakota and Missouri.

California's Proposition 56 will increase taxes on a pack of cigarettes from 87 cents to $2.87, bringing it more in line with other states. The measure also sets a tax on electronic cigarettes. "This is a huge victory for tobacco prevention efforts," said John Schachter, director of state communications for the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids. He said that California, which recently raised the smoking age to 21, could inspire other states to pass similar laws.

reuters.com

November 9, 2016

by Filipa A. Ioannou

Opponents of genetically modified crops won big in Sonoma County Tuesday night when voters approved a ban on GMOs, or genetically modified organisms, by a margin of nearly 12 percentage points.

The future and sustainability of Sonoma County agriculture was also an oft-raised issue in the contest between organic farmer Linda Hopkins and former state Sen. Noreen Evans for the District Five Board of Supervisors seat.

sfgate.com

November 9, 2016

by Andrew Joseph

A proposal to release genetically altered mosquitoes into the Florida Keys hit a stumbling block, with voters expressing ambivalence about the plan.

Residents split on the possibility of a trial, with one ballot initiative open only to residents of Key Haven, where the trial would take place, failing, and another initiative open to all residents of surrounding Monroe County being approved.

statnews.com

November 9, 2016

SANTA ROSA (CBS SF) - Voters in Sonoma County passed 18 of 23 measures in Tuesday's election. Four measures failed and one measure is still too close to call.

Measure M, a ban on genetically engineered organisms in the unincorporated area of the county, passed with 56 percent. It needed majority approval.

sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

November 9, 2016

by Rhonda Fanning

Two Texas child welfare masters appointed by a federal judge will soon file a proposal that will cost taxpayers hundreds of millions of dollars to help overhaul the child protection system.

Mike Ward has been covering the story for the Houston Chronicle. He says Jack gave the appointees a list of issues to look at in the system, most of which involve keeping kids safe while in state custody. State lawmakers are close to approving emergency funds nearing $88 million to hire additional caseworkers, investigators, and other front-line personnel so that the state can keep up with its intake of children.

kut.org

November 6, 2016

by Marissa Evans

Special masters hired by the state to scrutinize the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services say the embattled agency should increase its focus on improving the timeliness in seeing children under its care.

In their 13-page report, special masters Kevin Ryan and Francis McGovern also discussed the need for improvements in updating children's health records and limiting caseloads for Child Protective Services caseworkers. The long-awaited report comes almost a year after U.S. District Judge Janis Jack ruled that Texas' long-term foster care system violated children's civil rights. She ordered the state to hire special masters to come up with solutions.

texastribune.org

November 6, 2016

Two children who were reported missing in Alabama are now safe after being found in Lafayette.

Thirteen-year-old Jayden Scearcy and 4-year-old Jesse Reed were found in the 1000 block of 11th Street Saturday afternoon. The children were reported missing from their home in Anniston, Alabama, Tuesday. The children's grandmother, 56-year-old Donna Scearcy, was arrested by Lafayette police on a warrant for kidnapping.

wishtv.com

November 6, 2016

by Daryl Deino

Angelina Jolie did not file for joint custody of her children because she feared they would end up with relatives or in foster care.

"A so-called 'source' tells the tabloid when the Los Angeles County's Department of Children and Family Services began investigating the incident aboard a private plane with Pitt, Jolie and their kids in mid-September, 'Social workers told Angie if there was cause to believe the kids were in danger under the same roof as Brad, the kids could be placed with relatives or even in foster care.'"

inquisitr.com

November 6, 2016

by Lisa Falkenberg

Tell me if this isn't the definition of motherhood: two foster parents so dedicated to giving two troubled little boys a chance that they're paying for intensive psychological therapy on their own dime.

Tell me if this isn't the definition of abuse: a supervisor at that agency, created to protect children, forcing the 4- and 5-year-old boys to visit relatives they're afraid of, ordering them to attend an adoption fair, and, in the latest senseless blow, severing the foster mothers' right to consent to the boys' medical treatment.

houstonchronicle.com

November 5, 2016

by Trisha Faulkner

A $25 million lawsuit against the state of Connecticut claims the death of three-year-old Athena Angeles should have been prevented as local police knew she was being neglected and abused, but did nothing about it.

The Washington Post reports that three-year-old Athena Angeles from Connecticut had two black eyes and a swollen face when she walked into a doctor's clinic on October 18, 2011. According to court documents, the child had been punched in the face.

inquisitr.com

October 29, 2016

      

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