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University trustee, wife donate $50 million for student aid

Sep. 17, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

EVANSTON, Ill. (AP) — A Northwestern University trustee and his wife are giving the Chicago area institution a large donation for the specific purpose of student financial aid. Jeff and Laurie Ubben bequeathed $50 million to Northwestern to fund scholarships that will be available to undergraduate,...

Millennial Money: Is student loan refinancing right for you?

Sep. 17, 2019 12:39 PM EDT

Glossy mailers promising low rates and cleverly crafted ads on your favorite podcast might leave you wondering: Should you refinance your student loans? With over $1.6 trillion in student loan debt in America as of March 2019, student loan refinance companies have an incentive to entice you. And a lower payment...

Lottery official says gaming machines eating away profits

Sep. 17, 2019 5:06 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia lottery official is warning that unregulated gaming machines popping up in bars and convenience stores could hurt sales and cost the state millions in money used for public education. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that Virginia Lottery Executive Director Kevin Hall...

Pizza company increases gift to historically black college

Sep. 16, 2019 7:54 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Papa John's pizza has increased the funds it is giving to a historically black college. News outlets report the Louisville, Kentucky-based company's offer of $20,000 fell through after Papa John's disgraced founder John Schnatter had announced he was making a $1 million donation to...

Few seek Appalachian tuition break from Virginia college

Sep. 16, 2019 5:14 AM EDT

WISE, Va. (AP) — A college in southwest Virginia is seeing limited interest in an inaugural program that offers discounted tuition to students from Appalachia. The Roanoke Times reports that the University of Virginia's College at Wise enrolled 23 students through the program that was created to boost...

Tennessee band members wear T-shirt honoring bullied fan

Sep. 14, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee's marching band is jumping on the anti-bullying bandwagon. The band briefly wore a T-shirt based on a design by a boy who was teased at school over the design and then offered a scholarship at the university. On Thursday, Tennessee officials offered the...

Museum will honor washerwoman who funded scholarships

Sep. 14, 2019 1:11 PM EDT

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — The wood-frame home where a Mississippi washerwoman lived as she scrimped to create a scholarship fund has been moved to a museum district honoring African American accomplishments. The Hattiesburg home of the late Oseola McCarty was placed in a tax sale in 2017. The local...

Capitol Watch: Doomsday for e-cigs?

Sep. 14, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — In New York state government news, lawmakers are taking aim at e-cigarettes amid a worrisome wave of lung illnesses thought to be linked to the popular products. Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposed banning all flavored e-cigs, while state lawmakers have proposed restrictions on the sale of the...

Tennessee unveils voucher rules, prepping for 2020 rollout

Sep. 13, 2019 1:21 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Top education officials say they are preparing to implement Tennessee's newly enacted voucher law a full year ahead of schedule while unveiling key requirements surrounding the program. Earlier this year, Republican Gov. Bill Lee signed off on legislation that diverts tax dollars to...

Kansas City students get little from state college aid

Sep. 13, 2019 1:06 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The state of Missouri gives millions of dollars to students every year to pay for two years of college. Yet most of the money goes to students in more affluent districts and not to those who need it the most. Now educators want the state to reexamine the criteria for the 30-year-old...