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5-year-old drummer garners attention, college scholarships

Feb. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

GREENSBURG, La. (AP) — When Alcorn State University’s band director called Nicole Jackson in the fall hoping to meet and offer her son a college band scholarship, she was in disbelief. It wasn’t because he’s not good enough, doesn’t practice hard enough or she doesn’t...

In this Friday, Feb. 7, 2020 photo, Amiya Wright takes around a cart of snacks to kids at the J. Barnett Woodruff (South) Boys & Girls Club in Columbus, Georgia. Wright, a student at G.W. Carver High School, was recently named the 2020 Youth of the Year for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley. (Mike Haskey/Ledger-Enquirer via AP)

Youth of the Year made Boys & Girls Club her home

Feb. 22, 2020 12:01 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — As she started her junior year at Carver High School, she heard her adoptive mother say it was time to move out of town. Amiya Wright, however, insisted on staying in Columbus. The main reason was the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Chattahoochee Valley, which had become her bright...

Republican lawmakers including House Republican minority leader James Townsend of Artesia, top center, consult with the lead attorney for the legislature, Legislative Council Service Director Raúl Burciaga, bottom left, as tensions flare between Republicans and Democrats on procedural maneuvers on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. The Legislature approved a $7.6 billion budget in the final hours of a 30-day legislative session that also included pension reforms, new college scholarships, stricter oversight of tobacco sales, new investments in early childhood education and incentives for rooftop solar. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico lawmakers reach budget deal as tense session ends

Feb. 20, 2020 9:47 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico legislators forged a budget agreement Thursday that increases annual spending on government programs and school districts by more than a half-billion dollars, with new investments in early childhood education and college scholarships in a state afflicted by high rates of...

Tennessee lawmakers won't 'revisit' voucher contract

Feb. 20, 2020 4:44 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Legislative leaders say they have concerns over how the Department of Education selected its vendor to administer Gov. Bill Lee's school voucher program, but they have no plans to halt the contract from moving forward. Senate Speaker Randy McNally said Thursday the Legislature will...

FILE - In this March 12, 2019 file photo, people pose for photos in front of the iconic Tommy Trojan statue on the campus of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. USC will phase in free tuition for students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or less, USC President Carol L. Folt announced Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020. As part of the initiative, ownership of a home will not be counted in determining a student's financial need. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)

Free USC tuition to students with $80K or less family income

Feb. 20, 2020 2:32 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The University of Southern California will phase in free tuition for undergraduate students from families with an annual income of $80,000 or less, USC President Carol L. Folt announced Thursday. As part of the initiative, ownership of a home will not be counted in determining a...

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin speaks Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M., as hundreds of advocates for gun rights rallied at the New Mexico Statehouse against a proposed red-flag gun law that has the support of Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. The Democrat-backed bill would allow law enforcement officials or family members to seek court orders to seize firearms temporarily from people deemed a threat to themselves or others. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Gun control wins, marijuana loses at New Mexico Legislature

Feb. 20, 2020 12:29 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A 30-day legislative session in New Mexico has produced bills that bolster restrictions on firearms, underwrite college tuition, shore up a pension fund for government workers and expand state oversight of vaping and e-cigarette sales. But a bid to legalize recreational marijuana...

New Mexico state senators back tuition-free college plan

Feb. 18, 2020 6:41 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Revisions to New Mexico's budget plan released Tuesday would set aside money for the governor's tuition-free college initiative and dial back average teacher raises to 4% instead of 5% as originally proposed. The Senate's spending measure increases general fund spending by $536...

Recent Kansas editorials

Feb. 18, 2020 9:10 AM EST

The Kansas City Star, Feb. 16 What if your loved one’s final resting place wasn’t as restful as promised? What if a bulldozer nearby gave way to new building construction? That could be the case for families all across Kansas if a bill before the Legislature uproots decades, indeed centuries, of...

Maryland legislators begin hearing education legislation

Feb. 17, 2020 5:48 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers began scrutinizing on Monday education legislation that would cost billions of dollars to carry out but supporters say would make the state’s public education system world-class. The legislature’s education and budget committees met jointly to hear...

Purdue president says tuition freeze will continue for 2021

Feb. 17, 2020 12:30 PM EST

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Purdue University's tuition freeze will continue for a ninth year, the Indiana school's president told alumni this weekend. President Mitch Daniels announced Saturday that Purdue's tuition and fees will remain at current levels into the 2021 school year. The Lafayette Journal...