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Tykes & Teens: Coping With Middle School Creatively

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Tania Ortega-Cowan

It’s hard enough coping with life, let alone life in MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Tykes & Teens is a mental health nonprofit that partners with the Martin County school system, but also has a creative after-hours solution to giving kids the tools to cope, build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, problem solve and uplift hope.

SS: I’m Shawna Scarpitti – I am a nationally board-certified art therapist

Tania Ortega-Cowan

Things are literally cooking over in a new industrial kitchen at the Treasure Coast Food Bank in Fort Pierce.

KF: Full capacity running full three shifts a day with processing, we can do about 25 million pounds of produce a year. We’re not there yet but we can.

That’s Krista Garofalo talking about their relatively new on-site commercial kitchen and production plant.

At least 16 cases have been reported in Martin County and at least two people have died.  What is hepatitis A, and how is it spread?  Printable information about hepatitis A and how to prevent its spread are available from the Florida Dept. of Health in Martin County by clicking HERE.

First Responders painted one fingernail blue as part of an effort to promote awareness of child abuse.  April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, so for the rest of the month it's hoped questions about why people have one painted nail will promote conversations on the issue.  Find out more by clicking HERE.

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A Brooklyn judge has sided with New York City health officials to uphold a mandatory measles vaccinations order, dismissing a lawsuit from a group of parents who claimed the city had overstepped its authority.

A federal appeals panel has upheld California's controversial "sanctuary state" law, ruling that the measure does not impede the enforcement of federal immigration laws in that state.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, in a unanimous decision, found that the state law, known as SB 54, limiting cooperation between state and local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities does not conflict with federal law.

Tykes & Teens: Coping With Middle School Creatively

7 hours ago
Tania Ortega-Cowan

It’s hard enough coping with life, let alone life in MIDDLE SCHOOL!

Tykes & Teens is a mental health nonprofit that partners with the Martin County school system, but also has a creative after-hours solution to giving kids the tools to cope, build self-esteem, reduce anxiety, problem solve and uplift hope.

SS: I’m Shawna Scarpitti – I am a nationally board-certified art therapist

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The United States has become a less safe place for journalists, and the threats they face are becoming the standard, according to a new report by an international press freedom organization.

Reporters Sans Frontières, or Reporters Without Borders, dropped the U.S. to No. 48 out of 180 on its annual World Press Freedom Index, three notches lower than its place last year. The move downgrades the country from a "satisfactory" place to work freely to a "problematic" one for journalists.

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Joining us now to talk through what the release of the report means for the president is NPR national political correspondent Mara Liasson. Hey, Mara.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: Hey, Ailsa.

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