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Teen births and abortions are down, but no one is certain why

Some cite reality TV, films about sexually active youths and the Internet. Some cite more effective contraceptives and straight talk in schools. Some point to the stigma of abortion and even the long economic slowdown. Whatever is driving down teen pregnancy numbers, “we call it the greatest story never told,” said Bill Albert of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy.

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Long-term job hunters still struggle

Many Americans see the Great Recession in their rear view mirrors. Not the long-term unemployed. A new national survey by the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers, released today, shows deep and lasting scars among long-term job hunters. Some Kansas City area residents concur.

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