I think visitors to my parents site would be interested in this information "industry news" and also it will give my small (under 10 page) website some more ammunition to come up in the search engines at it will have articles.
If it's good for the visitors then it's good for the site.
it will give my small (under 10 page) website some more ammunition to come up in the search engines at it will have articles.
While that's good, do you think the people coming in from the search engines to those articles are those who will be interested in the services being offered at the website? Cuz if not, then why do you need them to come in the first place?
Will this help me in the search engines?
It may help you show up for the long tail keywords that are naturally used in the articles (or it may not since the articles are featured on other sites as well).
Also, as far as copyright goes. If I copy only a portion of the article and provide a link to the website where the reader can find the full article is this copyright infringement?
It's copyright infringement if you don't have permission to publish the articles. Be sure to get permission for anything you want to use.