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GAO: About $108 billion in student loan debt to be forgiven

WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government is expected to forgive at least $108 billion in student loan debt as part of popular plans that tie repayment to borrowers’ earnings, congressional investigators said Wednesday. The Government Accountability Office reviewed income-driven repayment plans the government offers to students struggling to pay back federal student loans. The report, … Continue reading

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University executive director under fire for Bigfoot hunt

GALLUP, N.M. (AP) — The head of the University of New Mexico’s Gallup campus is under fire for spending money on Bigfoot-related pursuits. UNM Gallup’s Executive Director Dr. Christopher Dyer organized a two-day, on-campus Bigfoot conference in February followed by a Bigfoot expedition, costing taxpayers more than $7,000, KRQE-TV reported (http://bit.ly/2e2e9g7 ). “It was the … Continue reading

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Feds investigating Sandusky fine Penn State a record $2.4M

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Federal officials looking into how Penn State handled child sexual-abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky hit the university with a record $2.4 million fine Thursday, saying it violated campus crime reporting requirements, failed to warn people about potential threats and fostered a belief among athletes that rules didn’t … Continue reading

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Sorority, frat events banned at Washington State University

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Officials on Monday banned all Washington State University sorority and fraternity events, from formals to football tailgates, for the rest of the semester. The Pullman school’s Interfraternity Council made the move along with the Panhellenic Council, an umbrella organization for some sororities. The councils made the announcement in a letter to … Continue reading

Protest threat prompts Chicago high school to cancel classes
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Protest threat prompts Chicago high school to cancel classes

CHICAGO (AP) — A Catholic high school on Chicago’s South Side canceled Friday classes amid concern about a demonstration, which was later postponed, to protest the fatal police shooting of a black man and a series of racially charged text messages from students. Eva Lewis, who helped organize the Black Lives Matter demonstration planned by … Continue reading

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Parent group in Spain calls for weekend homework boycott

MADRID (AP) — Some Spanish parents are having their children boycott weekend homework in November, saying they get too much. The CEAPA federation of 12,000 parental associations says the “No to Homework” campaign aims to encourage more family time between parents and children. It also argues that the homework system is outdated and doesn’t improve … Continue reading

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School stops residential program after teen’s death

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials with a private school for children with special needs in Philadelphia say they’re ceasing operations at the school’s residential treatment program after a 17-year-old student died earlier this month in an altercation with staff. A spokeswoman for the state Department of Human Services said Monday they’ve ordered Wordsworth Academy’s residential treatment … Continue reading

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Roanoke College dedicating new athletic and academic complex

SALEM, Va. (AP) — Roanoke College is dedicating its new athletic and academic complex. The Morris M. Cregger Center will be dedicated during a ceremony Thursday. The college says that the ceremony will be held in the center’s arena and include remarks from Roanoke College’s president, Mike Maxey, as well as the director of athletics. … Continue reading

Jury hands ex-Penn St. assistant over $7M in defamation case
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Jury hands ex-Penn St. assistant over $7M in defamation case

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A jury awarded a former Penn State assistant football coach $7.3 million in damages Thursday, finding the university defamed him after it became public that his testimony helped prosecutors charge Jerry Sandusky with child molestation. Jurors deliberated for about four hours in Mike McQueary’s defamation and misrepresentation suit. Judge Thomas Gavin … Continue reading

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School’s new antenna pings weather satellites for public use

HAMPTON, Va. (AP) — Virginia’s Hampton Roads region now has one of the most advanced weather monitoring systems in the country. Hampton University says it has installed a “direct broadcast antenna” that connects with weather satellites owned by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The school says the antenna will rival most weather … Continue reading

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Supreme Court says it will hear special education case

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says it’ll decide the minimum that public schools must do to help learning-disabled students. The court agreed Thursday to resolve differences among federal appeals court over the standards schools must meet under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. The justices will hear an appeal from parents of an … Continue reading

Senator: Education Dept. mishandling Corinthian student debt
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Senator: Education Dept. mishandling Corinthian student debt

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Education Department is pursuing debt collection — rather than debt relief — for nearly 80,000 former students of Corinthian Colleges, despite federal and state findings that the now-defunct for-profit chain defrauded students, Sen. Elizabeth Warren said in a blistering critique of the administration’s actions. The Massachusetts Democrat reported the findings of … Continue reading