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Support for prisoners' kids

As Miss America, Laura Kaeppeler, a 2012 graduate of Carthage College, Kenosha, Wis., is traveling nonstop, wearing stylish new outfits each day and attracting TV crews in every city she visits. But she's working for an unglamorous cause: kids with incarcerated parents.

Kaeppeler, who saw her father hauled off to prison for white collar crime, is using her platform to spotlight the 2.7 million children of inmates.

The platform breaks new ground for the 91-year-old Miss America pageant, whose contestants have long championed issues from ending homelessness and diabetes awareness.


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