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No foul play in death of Bismarck State College student

Dec. 12, 2019 3:36 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — No foul play is suspected in the death of a student at Bismarck State College, according to administrators. Cianna Carlson, 21, of Bowman, was found dead in her room at Lidstrom Hall on Dec. 4. Bismarck Police Lt. Luke Gardiner says it's not clear how Carlson died, but says there's...

Civil rights lawyers stake claim in Confederate statue case

Dec. 12, 2019 3:34 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A national civil rights group has warned the leaders of the University of North Carolina that they should reconsider a $2.5 million settlement involving a statue of a Confederate soldier that protesters toppled last year at the system’s flagship campus. In a letter sent to the...

Court: university foundation exempt from public-records laws

Dec. 12, 2019 3:00 PM EST

FALLS CHURCH Va. (AP) — The fundraising foundation for Virginia's largest university is exempt from public-records laws, the state's Supreme Court ruled Thursday. The unanimous ruling is a defeat to a group of George Mason University students who sought records outlining the relationship between the...

College freshman fatally stabbed near New York City campus

Dec. 12, 2019 2:40 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — An 18-year-old Barnard College freshman was fatally stabbed in a park near the school's Manhattan campus. “With broken hearts, we share tragic news about the death of one of our students," Barnard President Sian Leah Beilock said late Wednesday in a letter to the campus. “This...

University of Kansas trades Roasterie for Starbucks

Dec. 12, 2019 2:23 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Coffee drinkers at the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence might need to switch from Kansas City-based Roasterie to Starbucks next summer. The university said Wednesday the change was prompted by its contract with Pepsi and coffee drinkers' changing buying patterns, The Lawrence...

Whitmer makes appointment to Wayne State governing board

Dec. 12, 2019 2:08 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The former leader of a Detroit community organization has been named to the Wayne State University's governing board. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said she appointed Shirley Stancato. Wayne State board member Kim Trent resigned to join the Whitmer administration. “It’s imperative to...

Northam wants free community college for certain students

Dec. 12, 2019 1:54 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam is pushing for tuition-free community college for low- and middle-income students who pursue degrees in high-demand fields. Northam announced Thursday that his budget proposal for the upcoming legislative session includes $145 million for the initiative....

Others aren't charged in teen's State College inhalant death

Dec. 12, 2019 11:59 AM EST

Authorities said Thursday they will not charge others who were present in October when an Erie teenager died of chemical asphyxia from inhaling nitrous oxide at a house in State College. Centre County District Attorney Bernie Cantorna told the Centre Daily Times that Jack Schoenig, 17, inhaled the gas from a...

Donor gives UConn $3 million for biology, ecology research

Dec. 12, 2019 11:47 AM EST

STORRS, Conn. (AP) — An anonymous donor has given the University of Connecticut $3 million to fund research into the earth's ecology and evolutionary biology. The gift will be used to hire two endowed research positions, the school said Thursday. UConn professor Eric Schultz, who teaches ecology and...

Attorneys in Sunshine Law case seek $345,000 from university

Dec. 12, 2019 10:07 AM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Two attorneys involved in an animal rights group's open records lawsuit against the University of Missouri are seeking $345,000 in fees for their work fighting to obtain research records involving cats and dogs. Boone County Judge Jeff Harris ruled in November that the university...