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Tufts University severs ties with family behind OxyContin

Dec. 5, 2019 2:28 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Tufts University is cutting ties with the billionaire family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma, saying it will strip the Sackler name from its campus and accept no further donations amid concerns over the family's role in the opioid crisis. University officials announced the decision...

Education Secretary pushes school vouchers at Arizona event

Dec. 5, 2019 2:26 PM EST

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Thursday touted her $5 billion plan to fund tuition for private school students, telling a room of supportive parents and lobbyists that it would improve the quality of education. DeVos praised Arizona's devotion to school choice programs...

Regents confirm Carter to lead University of Nebraska system

Dec. 5, 2019 1:58 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Officials on Thursday confirmed a career military man and former superintendent of the U.S. Naval Academy as the president of the University of Nebraska system. The university Board of Regents confirmed Walter “Ted”Carter as president, succeeding interim President Susan...

Georgia college pays $145,000 to settle anthem protest case

Dec. 5, 2019 1:41 PM EST

KENNESAW, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University's decision to remove its cheerleaders from the field after they protested police brutality during the national anthem has cost Georgia taxpayers $145,000 in a legal settlement. Former KSU cheerleader Tommia Dean settled her lawsuit and will get $93,000 of the...

Federal court considers bathroom use by transgender student

Dec. 5, 2019 1:21 PM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — A student has the right to use the bathroom that corresponds to his gender identity, a lawyer told a federal court Thursday, arguing that the issue is about the right of transgender students to “equal dignity." But the Florida school district that's appealing a lower court order in...

Audit report shows union charity co-mingled Sandy Hook funds

Dec. 5, 2019 1:18 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A preliminary state audit report released Thursday shows a union charity co-mingled more than $115,000 in philanthropic contributions intended to help first responders, educators and staff associated with the Sandy Hook school shooting. Requested by the House Republican leader and a...

Utah high court avoids records dispute between BYU, Tribune

Dec. 5, 2019 1:16 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Supreme Court justices have agreed not to weigh in on a dispute over whether Brigham Young University's police are subject to hand over public records created before a new state open-records law was established, officials said. The state Supreme Court ruling Wednesday shifts the...

New law school approved for Washburn University

Dec. 5, 2019 12:48 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Washburn University School of Law will be getting a new home. Washburn's Board of Regents on Wednesday approved the plan for a $33 million building on the Topeka campus. WIBW reports the university will begin working on the plans immediately. A completion date is not yet set. The...

Woman trampled by horse in North Dakota has died

Dec. 5, 2019 11:43 AM EST

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Canadian woman trampled while moving horses at North Dakota University's Equine Center has died from her injuries. according to colleagues. WPS Transport owner Sarah Champoux said Kim Elliott, of Alberta, Canada, was kicked by a horse she was preparing to transport, knocked to the...

AP Top 25 Podcast: Championship weekend and hiring season

Dec. 5, 2019 11:40 AM EST

The stakes are huge in college football both on and off the field this week. Championship weekend will determine conference title and College Football Playoff spots. Off the field, schools are trying to hire coaches quickly, with signing day looming in late December. On the latest AP Top 25 College Football...