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Published July 27, 2010, 10:49 AM

Children's Well-Being

A national report on children's health and well-being ranks North Dakota 12th best in the nation. That's down from No. 7 last year.

By: Associated Press, WDAZ

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - A national report on children's health and well-being ranks North Dakota 12th best in the nation. That's down from No. 7 last year.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation released its 2010 Kids Count Data Book late Monday on how the 50 states fared in 10 categories of children's health from 2000 to 2008.

The report says North Dakota slipped in four categories and saw its biggest setback - a 133 percent increase - in the percentage of teens neither in school nor high school graduates.

The report says the state's teen death rate jumped by 71 percent, compared with a 7 percent decrease nationwide.

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