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Educators React To Abstinence Study & Midday Roundup

By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX –

An abstinence-only study that allowed students to explore the drawbacks of having sex at early as age 12 has attracted praise from some Texas educators.

Texas law requires an emphasis on abstinence when it comes to sex education in public schools. Details of the new study are in this month's issue of the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine.

David Wiley, president of the American School Health Association, is a Texas State University professor who did a 2009 study that was critical of most sex education programs in Texas.

Wiley says the new research in the Philadelphia area offered eight hour-long sessions, safe-sex classes, classes using both approaches, and classes in general health behavior.

Wiley says it proves "when you do it the right way, using medically accurate information, you get better results."

ATF seeks Texas church fire leads: 888-ATF-FIRE

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives has set up a hotline for tips on who's responsible for a string of Texas church fires ruled arson.

The federal agency on Tuesday announced people wanting to offer information can call: 888-ATF-FIRE. The Texas Department of Public Safety also said arson tip calls would be answered at 903-675-0061, or 0062.

DPS says a $25,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the identity of the arsonist. Seven blazes this year in east Texas and another in Temple have been ruled arson.

ATF says two church fires Monday night in the Tyler area are being investigated as suspicious.

Japan Airlines rejects Delta, stays with American

Japan Airlines today spurned Delta Air Lines and decided to stay with American Airlines. The Japanese carrier says it will strengthen its partnership with Fort Worth-based American, and the two airlines will jointly seek antitrust immunity on trans-Pacific routes.

The decision brings to an end a fierce tug-of-war over Japan's ailing flagship carrier, which is restructuring under bankruptcy but offers the U.S. airlines access to lucrative Asian routes.

American and its oneworld partners plan to deliver to JAL roughly $2 billion in ongoing and incremental revenue over three years.

The agreement does not involve a cash injection from American.

The Centre for Asia Pacific Aviation called today's news a "massive win" for Gerard Arpey, CEO of American's parent company AMR Corp.