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Criminalizing illness, targeting kids, and school climate
VNN Weekly Digest June 13-19
Here’s a look at the week’s top stories:
Improved access to mental health care in Oklahoma could help reduce female incarceration, advocates say
(OKLAHOMA) April Wilkens, 52, has served more than 20 years in prison on a life sentence for the murder of her ex-boyfriend, Terry Carlton. Wilkens told Verified News Network in March that Carlton stalked and abused her, and on the day he died, he had beaten and sexually assaulted her.
Online scam targeting children
(OKLAHOMA) The goal is to entice the victim to send nude or other compromising photos of themselves to the fake persona. The scammer will then threaten to send the photos to the victim’s friends, family, and school unless they are paid money.
New data released shows positive impact from school climate grant
(OKLAHOMA) “More than halfway through the grant, we are seeing outcomes that touch on all that we know about child development and learning – students’ basic needs for safety, trust and security must be met before learning can occur.”
WEATHER ACROSS AMERICA
(NATIONAL) Severe thunderstorms and flash flooding possible from the northern Rockies to the northern Plains, early season monsoonal moisture to lead to widespread showers and thunderstorms, and well above average temperatures and excessive heat over the Heartland to advance east across the Mississippi Valley and Mid-South.
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