Jennifer Ludden appears in the following:
Wednesday, February 18, 2015
A number of parents have made news in recent months for letting children walk or play outside on their own. But laws on when kids are allowed to be by themselves are vague.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
In his State of the Union address, President Obama referenced a little-remembered, WWII-era federal child care program, holding it up as an example he hopes to emulate with expanded federal subsidies.
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Although the Republican-led House decided not to vote to ban abortions after 20 weeks, 10 states already have such measures and more states are considering them.
Wednesday, January 07, 2015
If upheld, the law — which mandates stricter building codes for clinics that perform the procedure — could leave only six clinics open in the entire state of Texas.
Tuesday, January 06, 2015
Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will spend two years in federal prison. McDonnell was sentenced on Tuesday. He and his wife were convicted of using the governor's office for favors to businessman Johnnie Williams in exchange for over $170,000 in loans and gifts.
Tuesday, December 30, 2014
States have passed more than 200 abortion regulations since 2010, and the number is expected to rise. Abortion rights supporters say that could cause big geographical variations in access to care.
Monday, December 29, 2014
Does telling your abortion story help end stigma about the procedure, or does it help opponents make the case against abortion? The answer to that question depends very much on whom you talk to.
Monday, December 15, 2014
In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply in the U.S. About 1 in 10 kids is living with a grandparent.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The University of Virginia is looking to make changes, even though a report about a gang rape has been discredited. Ideas include banning hard alcohol and having sober volunteers self-police parties.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
"People within the fraternity life feel wronged," says a University of Virginia fraternity member about a discredited news article. But as educator on sexual assault, he knows the problem is real.
Monday, December 08, 2014
Now that the accuracy of the article about sexual assaults at the school is being called into question, the conversation is changing and activists hope the attention will stay on sexual assault.
Monday, December 01, 2014
The president of the University of Virginia abruptly canceled a planned appearance Monday at the National Press Club amid controversy surrounding the issue of rape at the elite university. Instead, Teresa Sullivan laid out what she and other university officials plan to do going forward.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Sociologists say it's a terrible idea, and comes just as they're trying to explore and explain a dramatic shift in Americans' marriage patterns.
Friday, November 28, 2014
Will Ferguson and this year's other high-profile cases of police use of force, change the way American police are trained? Some see the incidents as an opportunity to update the training and rules.
Friday, November 21, 2014
The city is poised to pass legislation to make hourly workers' schedules more predictable. Large retailers will also have to offer more hours to part-time employees before hiring someone else
Friday, November 07, 2014
North Dakota and Colorado voters struck down the "personhood" measures, which would give legal rights to fetuses. But Tennessee's Amendment 1 passed with 53 percent of the vote.
Thursday, November 06, 2014
Voters in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday approved the legal use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Some residents say decriminalizing pot will lead to more illegal activity in their neighborhood.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
U.S. groups on both sides of the same-sex marriage debate are increasingly finding new places to advocate, as other countries debate greater rights — or harsher crackdowns — for LGBT people.
Thursday, October 16, 2014
Millennials, particularly those with less education, are upending the traditional order of love, marriage, baby carriage. Many say they don't feel financially secure enough to tie the knot.
Monday, October 06, 2014
In a surprise move, the Supreme Court rejected appeals of same-sex marriage cases from five states, making gay and lesbian unions legal in Utah, Indiana, Oklahoma, Virginia and Wisconsin.