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Murphy: NJ Transit fares won't rise in next fiscal year

Jan. 21, 2020 11:39 AM EST

KEARNY, N.J. (AP) — Fares on New Jersey Transit buses and trains won't rise in the next fiscal year, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday. At a graduation ceremony for new engineers, Murphy said his proposed budget to go into effect in July will be the third in a row not to raise fares on the state's...

NY graduation rate improves ahead of review of requirements

Jan. 16, 2020 5:46 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — New York's high school graduation rate continued to edge upward in 2019 ahead of a review and possible revision of diploma requirements, education officials said Thursday. The overall graduation rate was 83.4%, up just short of a percentage point from the previous year, data from the...

SIU gives honorary degree to actor Bob Odenkirk

Dec. 15, 2019 9:51 AM EST

CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) — "Better Call Saul" star Bob Odenkirk has been designated with a honorary degree from his alma mater in southern Illinois. Southern Illinois University's Board of Trustees has confirmed the honorary Doctor of Performing Arts degree, The Southern Illinoisan reported. Odenkirk could be...

WWII veteran, 94, to get his college degree 73 years later

Dec. 13, 2019 12:31 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A World War II veteran will graduate from the University of Cincinnati on Saturday, more than 70 years after he first enrolled. Paul Blom, 94, began classes for his degree at the university in 1946 after enlisting in the Navy in three years prior, WCPO-TV reported. “I came down...

US agriculture secretary to speak at Louisiana graduation

Dec. 12, 2019 4:50 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Purdue will deliver the commencement address Friday to students graduating from one of Louisiana's public colleges. Southern University announced that Purdue, who has been President Donald Trump's top agricultural official since April 2017, will be...

West Virginia University president to undergo hip surgery

Dec. 11, 2019 7:47 AM EST

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — The president of West Virginia University announced he'll be missing the school's winter graduation ceremony as he recovers from a hip surgery this week. Dr. E. Gordon Gee will have the hip replacement surgery on Thursday, he said in a university statement on Tuesday. Doctors...

Michigan State to honor global experts in biology, fisheries

Nov. 30, 2019 9:50 AM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Global experts on environmental science and inland fisheries will receive honorary doctorates in science at Michigan State University. Stanford University ecologist and biology professor Harold Mooney plans to attend the Dec. 14 fall commencement’s advanced degree...