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Senate passes bill to impose background checks, better training for child care workers

WASHINGTON - The Senate has passed legislation to require child care providers who care for children from low-income families through a government voucher program to undergo criminal background checks, know first aid and CPR and get other training. The bipartisan legislation, which passed by a 97-1 vote, would also require annual state inspections of child care centres. At issue is the $5 billion-plus spent annually to help provide care to 1.6 million children, many of whom are in single-parent households. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, cast the "no" vote.

Calif. woman's death prompts bill to end practice of companies barring staff from giving CPR

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California lawmakers on Tuesday sent legislation to Gov. Jerry Brown that would bar employers from having policies that prohibit offering life-saving medical help in an emergency after a worker's attention-grabbing refusal to perform CPR on a resident at an independent-living facility. The bill by Assemblyman Rudy Salas, D-Bakersfield, was prompted by the February death of Lorraine Bayless, 87, at a Bakersfield retirement home.

911 call: Frantic mom tried to revive adopted Russian boy

Authorities in Odessa, Texas have released a 22-minute recording of the frantic 911 emergency phone call made by Laura Shatto, who found her 3-year-old adopted Russian son Max unconscious near playground equipment at the family home in Glendale, Texas on the afternoon of Jan. 21.“I have a 3 year old who’s not breathing. He was playing outside on the playground.
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