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Low wages, student debt fuel vet shortage in rural Missouri

Aug. 25, 2019 10:30 AM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Low wages and the burden of student debt are leading to a critical shortage of large-animal veterinarians in rural Missouri, industry experts said. This is particularly a problem in areas such as Vernon County, where there is one veterinarian for every 206,000 food animals, according to...

Notre Dame housing policy leads to glut of empty properties

Aug. 25, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — The University of Notre Dame is surrounded with "now leasing" signs for privately owned apartment units due to a school policy that requires freshman students to live on campus for six semesters. A couple of years ago, Notre Dame presented a variety of incentives — and...

Elizabeth Warren's rise started by looking at the bottom

Aug. 25, 2019 7:53 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — As a young scholar, Elizabeth Warren traveled to federal courthouses, studying families overwhelmed by debt. She brought along a photocopier, gathering reams of statistics as she tried to answer one question: Why were these folks going bankrupt? Warren, then a law professor, wasn't satisfied...

Dubuque publishing company marks 75 years

Aug. 25, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Much has changed in the 75 years since William C. Brown acquired the rights to a handful of book titles from a St. Louis publishing company. For one, the current iteration of Brown's operation — Kendall Hunt Publishing Co. — no longer bears his name. And the business has...

College in Denver shuts down its network after cyberattack

Aug. 24, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Regis University in Denver has shut down its computer, phone and email systems because of a cyberattack that it says probably came from outside the United States. The Denver Post reports the private Catholic school disconnected its networks Thursday and set up another website to keep students...

Marist prof walks 2,800 miles for veteran suicide awareness

Aug. 24, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (AP) — A Marist College professor has finished a cross-country walk to raise awareness about suicide and homelessness among veterans. Tommy Zurhellen is an associate professor of English and is a Navy veteran. He finished his roughly 2,800-mile trek Friday afternoon on the college's...

State issues water advice after tests at Air Force Academy

Aug. 24, 2019 4:09 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado health officials say people living south of the Air Force Academy should switch to bottled water if they rely on wells with elevated levels of a toxic chemical the military used in firefighting foam. The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Saturday the advice also...

Ex-fraternity house manager sentenced to 2 years' probation

Aug. 24, 2019 1:52 PM EDT

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — The former house manager of a now-defunct Penn State fraternity where a pledge fell during a night of hazing and drinking and later died has been placed on two years' probation on a hindering apprehension conviction. Braxton Becker, 23, of Niskayuna, New York was also ordered to pay...

Georgia State University president considers school's future

Aug. 24, 2019 12:17 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia State University's president has been meeting with faculty, administrators and students to chart the institution's course for the future. President Mark Becker's goals include improving graduation rates; and increasing racial diversity among the faculty. Other goals include the...

Black faculty numbers increase at University of Missouri

Aug. 24, 2019 11:26 AM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Four years after hundreds of students protested a racist campus culture at the University of Missouri, the number of minority faculty has ticked up slightly, but numbers still lag the national average and the school acknowledges it struggles to retain non-white staff. Frustrated by the...