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University budget cuts may affect Alaska climate researchers

Jul. 21, 2019 3:27 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A climate researcher at the University of Alaska Southeast says the state's leadership role in climate science could be threatened by budget cuts. Professor of environmental science Eran Hood says a lot of faculty could leave and take their expertise with them. Hood says they could...

Missouri and Hillsdale College in legal fight over bequest

Jul. 21, 2019 1:32 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A small Michigan college with well-known conservative supporters is suing the University of Missouri over a multi-million bequest designed to promote an economic theory that espouses free markets and argues the government's only role should be to defend people and property. Hillsdale...

More need- and less merit-based aid at University of Wyoming

Jul. 21, 2019 11:30 AM EDT

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) — University of Wyoming trustees have voted to offer more need-based aid to Wyoming students while cutting merit-based aid for out-of-state students. Under the changes adopted Thursday, annual need-based aid will increase from $273,000 to as much as $1.1 million. Merit-based aid will...

Maryland helps people with student loans purchase homes

Jul. 21, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland initiative to help residents with education loans purchase their first home and wipe out college debt at the same time is taking off. Maryland SmartBuy has helped home buyers pay off a total of $7 million in student debt since its inception in 2016, according to the state...

Clemson professor looks to develop cancer screening test

Jul. 21, 2019 12:06 AM EDT

CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — When her younger brother was diagnosed with cancer, Clemson bioengineering professor Terri Bruce resolved to tap her knowledge of human cells to find a way to help others suffering from the disease. After devouring all the scientific literature she could, she chose to focus on...

Labor groups rally against medical debt lawsuits

Jul. 20, 2019 6:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Labor groups have held a rally at Johns Hopkins Hospital to urge hospital officials not to sue low-income patients for medical debt and to let nurses unionize Labor leaders spoke from a stage on a hot July afternoon Saturday in Baltimore near the hospital. AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka...

2 new dorms being built at community college in Poplarville

Jul. 20, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

POPLARVILLE, Miss. (AP) — A community college in south Mississippi will soon start building two new dormitories. WDAM-TV reports the project on the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College will cost about $13 million. The dorms will be built on a practice field west of the football stadium. They...

Co-stars say Huffman remorseful for role in college case

Jul. 20, 2019 2:12 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Felicity Huffman's co-stars in a new Netflix movie say they found her remorseful about her role in a college admissions scandal. Actress Angela Bassett said Huffman appears ready to take whatever steps are necessary in her case. Patricia Arquette said she believes Huffman feels terrible...

Neil Armstrong biographer working on new book

Jul. 20, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama college professor who wrote Neil Armstrong's authorized biography is working on another book dealing with the first person to walk on the moon. A release from Auburn University says professor emeritus James Hansen is finishing a book that will include letters written to the...

Henderson State University president submits resignation

Jul. 20, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

ARKADELPHIA, Ark. (AP) — The president of Henderson State University has resigned as the school in Arkadelphia faces a budget deficit. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that HSU President Glen Jones resigned Friday and the school's Board of Trustees named university attorney Elaine Kneebone as acting...