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The hope is someday he will help make his 13 year old master's life a little less challenging.
"John will be able to do physical tasks that Jared is not able to do," said Phil Stevens.
Stevens is the father of Jared Stevens.
The Brentwood teen suffers from Cerebral Palsy.
Canine companions for Independence brought John and Jared together last year.
The organization matches trained dogs with disabled people who need their talents.
Currently John can pull socks of Jared's feet and shut drawers and the hope is eventually he will be able to do even more advanced and helpful "tricks."
In Jared's case the benefits go beyond closing drawers.
"People in general will tend to look away and move away from a person with a disability but when you add a service animal the opposite occurs," said Phil Stevens.
Jared and John are about to put that to the test with a much larger audience.
Canine Companions for Independence is one of 43 groups selected to be part of the inaugural parade in Washington DC.
The organization invited Jared and his entire family to go.
"They're going and participating in something that most kids will never do," said mother Lisa Stevens.
The last two months have been full of amazing memories for Jared.
In November he made national news with a show of sportsmanship on the wrestling mat when another wrestler allowed him to win.
The family hopes that experience and the trip to D.C. provide something even more valuable to a 13 year old who's become an inspiration.
"I think it helps him to be more confident and hopefully other people with disabilities will try things maybe they didn't think of before," said Lisa Stevens.
Monday, January 21 2013, 01:25 AM CST
Miss. chooses new firm to run Woodville prison
May 18, 2013 20:50 GMT
WOODVILLE, Miss. (AP) -- Mississippi officials have picked a new company to run the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility.
Utah-based Management and Training Corp. announced Friday that the Mississippi Department of Corrections has chosen it to run the 1,000-bed prison starting July 1, the Natchez Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/10MvOGv).
Corrections Corporation of America, based in Nashville, Tenn., had run the prison since 1998. MTC says it will keep "the vast majority" of employees.
MTC will get a five-year contract to run the prison with two one-year options. Last year, officials chose MTC to take over East Mississippi Correctional Facility, the Walnut Grove Correctional Facility and the Marshall County Correctional Facility from the GEO Group. MTC won 10-year contracts for each.
CCA still runs the Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility and the Adams County Correctional Center in Mississippi.
Information from: The Natchez Democrat, http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/
Gauge of US economy's future health up in April
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A measure of the U.S. economy's future health rose in solidly in April, buoyed by a sharp rise in applications to build new homes and apartments.
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IN THE NEWS: LABOR GROUP SAYS CONDITIONS AT APPLE PLANTS IMPROVING
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A labor group Apple joined to assess working conditions at three manufacturing plants in China, where its products are made, says conditions are getting better.
ON THIN ICE?
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- He was already on thin ice with the law when he failed to meet the conditions of his probation.