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Court Strikes Down Ban On Indecent Programming: A federal appeals court has struck down a Federal Communications Commission rule intended to protect children from "indecent'' radio and television shows.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit held that the ban on such programming from 6 A.M. to midnight, adopted by the F.C.C. at the direction of Congress, is unconstitutional because it violates the First Amendment's guarantee of free speech.

The intent of the ban was to protect children from indecent shows, but "restrictions on First Amendment rights, even when imposed in the best interest of children, must still be narrowly tailored and no more burdensome than necessary,'' the court held in Action for Children's Television v. F.C.C.

Since the Nov. 23 ruling, the F.C.C. has proposed a more limited "safe harbor'' period from 6 A.M. to 8 P.M.

Youth Indicators: The National Center for Education Statistics has released a new compilation of statistics on American youths, the third edition of "Youth Indicators'' since the agency began issuing the periodic publication in 1988.

Most of the findings have been published previously, but the report draws data from various federal agencies to give a comprehensive look at the home, school, and community life of young Americans, including trends on family composition, income, health, citizenship, and the way youths view the future.

Copies of the report are available for $11 each from the Government Printing Office, Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, Pa. 15250-7954. Ask for stock number 065-000-00611-1.

AIDS Prevention: The Education Department last week inaugurated a partnership with the Energy Department to create an AIDS-education and -awareness program for the agencies' employees.

The agencies will conduct workshops and meetings throughout 1994 to teach workers about AIDS prevention, including assistance for parents who want to talk to their adolescent children about AIDS.

President Clinton has asked all federal agencies to develop workplace AIDS programs.

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