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December 30, 2011

Sleepy Students in our High Schools
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Parents and teenagers know all too well that the school day seems to start very early. And a new study shows it might be too early, causing tired teens to under perform. Then some say America needs to restructure its election system for the Modern Age. A new report reveals how we can make our elections more voter-friendly. Plus a discussion on the rising costs of health insurance.
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InfoTrakHigh School Students and Lack of Sleep
Martha Hansen is author of a Northwestern University study on sleep loss in high school students which found that todays start times in most high schools deprive adolescents of sleep and result in poorer academic performance. She suggests that school districts should attempt to change start times, and give standardized tests later in the day.
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InfoTrak: Fixing Americas Election System
Doug Lewis, Executive Director of the Election Center, shares the findings of a task force commissioned by his organization that examined possible ways to restructure our nations elections to accommodate todays lifestyles. He also talks about the likelihood of voter fraud in relation to potential reforms.
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InfoTrak: What All Children Want Their Parents to Know
Diana Loomis, author of What All Children Want Their Parents to Know shared positive parenting principles based on the opinions of youngsters. She talked about the importance of parents as role models and how parents should place a high priority on spending time with their children.
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