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Suddenly, cost-cutting states turn friendly to teachers

Mar. 23, 2019 10:49 AM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Schoolteacher raises of $5,000 are on the table in Texas — a proposed pay hike that ranks among the biggest in the U.S. since a wave of teacher unrest began last year. But protests aren't why the money is suddenly available. Texas hasn't even had a teacher strike. But as in...

Residents fret about chemical plant fire, despite assurances

Mar. 21, 2019 11:02 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — Kristin Crump and her two kids put damp cloths over their mouths on Thursday for the short walk from their suburban Houston front door to their car, defying an order to remain inside because of dangerous fumes coming from burned-out petrochemical tanks a couple of miles away. For the second...

The Latest: Classes canceled at more schools near tank fires

Mar. 21, 2019 10:58 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — The Latest on a fire that had been burning at a Texas petrochemical storage facility (all times local): 10 p.m. Two more Houston-area school districts near a burning petrochemical tank farm have called off classes. The Galena Park and Sheldon school districts joined the Deer Park and La...

Italian citizenship urged for boy whose SOS call saved lives

Mar. 21, 2019 3:12 PM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The leader of Italy's 5-Star Movement called Thursday to award speedy citizenship to a 13-year-old Egyptian boy hailed as a hero for being the first to alert police that he and scores of his middle school classmates had been abducted by their bus driver. Ramy Shehata "put his life at risk to...

Stories of the victims of the New Zealand mosque attack

Mar. 21, 2019 4:25 AM EDT

Fifty people were killed in a terror attack at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, on March 15. Some information about the victims: HUSNA AHMED Farid Ahmed refuses to turn his back on his adopted home, despite losing his 45-year-old wife, Husna Ahmed, in the Al Noor mosque attack. They had split up to go to...

Report: Oregon still not tracking at-risk student success

Mar. 20, 2019 5:20 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A report from the Secretary of State found that Oregon hasn't followed up on recommendations to better track the progress of the state's most at-risk students. The report, released Wednesday, said the Oregon Department of Education only made partial progress on three of the 15...

Assistant principal accused of harassing trans boy loses job

Mar. 20, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia assistant principal accused of harassing a transgender student will be out of his job after this school year. News outlets report the board of education in Harrison County voted not to renew a probationary contract for Lee Livengood, who allegedly followed a...

The Latest: Greece mulls racism charges as migrants targeted

Mar. 20, 2019 11:40 AM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The Latest on the flow of migrants into Europe (all times local): 5:35 p.m. Greece's top prosecutor has ordered a probe into whether charges of racism can be brought in connection with two incidents where asylum-seekers have been targeted. In the first case, on the eastern island of...

Arkansas House OKs bill requiring schools offer Bible course

Mar. 20, 2019 7:32 AM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas House has approved a bill that requires public schools to offer an elective course on the Bible if students request one. The bill approved by the House on Tuesday by a 64-7 vote would require a public school to offer the academic study of the Bible if at least 15...

School official sorry for calling Hitler a 'good leader'

Mar. 20, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

MADISON, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey sports official is apologizing for telling student athletes that Adolf Hitler was a "good leader" with "bad moral character and intentions." Nutley High School athletic director Joe Piro made the remark while addressing Madison High School students Saturday during an...