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Alaska allows online sales of raffle tickets due to virus

Sep. 22, 2020 9:27 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska plans to allow the online sale of raffle tickets for the first time to help nonprofit organizations faced with limited fundraising opportunities because of coronavirus restrictions. The state Department of Revenue approved the temporary change over the summer allowing...

Former Kansas Board of Regents executive dies at age 63

Sep. 20, 2020 4:08 PM EDT

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A former top executive at the Kansas Board of Regents and longtime University of Kansas administrator and professor has died. Reggie Robinson, who was the current president of the Kansas Health Foundation, died Saturday at age 63, the foundation's board chairman Matt Allen said....

This undated photo provided by Brigham Young University shows glasses designed by a team of Brigham Young University students to help nonverbal children with autism develop eye contact. (Rebekah Baker/Brigham Young University, via AP)

BYU students make glasses to help autistic kids' eye contact

Sep. 20, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PROVO, Utah (AP) — Heidi Kershaw was sitting in on a therapy session with her 7-year-old son, who has autism, when she noticed he kept getting distracted from the therapy exercises. His eyes were glued to the corner of the room, where Mickey Mouse was on the TV. If only there were an image of Mickey Mouse...

Chicago museum to receive emergency grant during pandemic

Sep. 20, 2020 9:07 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago has been named among 12 art museums nationwide to receive money through an emergency grant program aimed at helping institutions struggling during the coronavirus pandemic. Officials with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, based in New York, said the...

'The Vanishing Half' nominated for National Book Award

Sep. 18, 2020 10:59 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of the summer's most talked about novels, Brit Bennett's “The Vanishing Half” and Megha Majumdar's “A Burning,” are on the National Book Awards fiction longlist. Judges also nominated the story collection “If I Had Two Wings,” by Randall Kenan,...

First two longlists announced for National Book Awards

Sep. 16, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Stories of voting rights, space exploration and displacement at home are among the young people's literature works that appear on the longlist for the National Book Awards. In the translation category, the 10 nominated books originate everywhere from the Middle East to Scandinavia to Japan....

Tennessee State awarded $1M to recruit minority transfers

Sep. 16, 2020 6:38 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The National Science Foundation has awarded a $1 million grant to the Tennessee State University College of Engineering to recruit minority transfer students from regional community colleges. The award will provide 45 scholarships over five years to students who want to earn...

The Blues Foundation in Memphis names new president, CEO

Sep. 15, 2020 3:31 AM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Blues Foundation has named a new leader. The Memphis, Tennessee-based organization said Monday that Patricia Wilson Aden has been selected as its new president and CEO. She will begin leading the foundation on Oct. 1. Aden has served as president and CEO of the African American...

Scientists focusing on climate issues claim 3 Balzan prizes

Sep. 14, 2020 8:32 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — Three scientists focusing on climate issues were among the winners of this year’s Balzan Prize, which recognizes scholarly and scientific achievements, organizers said Monday. Susan Trumbore was recognized for her ‘’outstanding contributions’’ to the study of...

Memorial garden dedicated to victims of addiction

Sep. 13, 2020 2:33 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — More than 200 people have helped dedicate a new memorial garden in Virginia to commemorate loved ones lost to addiction. The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the dedication on Saturday was part of Recovery Fest, an event put on by the McShin Foundation to celebrate National...