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Biden taps IU law professor Janet McCabe for No.2 EPA post

Jan. 18, 2021 8:59 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — President-elect Joe Biden is nominating an Indiana University law professor to be the second-in-command at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Janet McCabe, a professor of practice at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, has been nominated to be deputy EPA...

U of Michigan gets grants to study racial inequality

Jan. 18, 2021 8:57 AM EST

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan has been awarded two $5 million grants to fund projects that focus on addressing racial inequity. The grants are through The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s Just Futures Initiative competition and will be used over the next three years. They will be...

Kemp to use $5M in virus aid to help students finish college

Jan. 18, 2021 8:04 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — Some juniors and seniors at Georgia's public universities and colleges are in line for a little financial boost to help them reach their degree. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Thursday in his State of the State speech that he would use $5 million in federal coronavirus relief that he controls to...

Coronavirus spurs students to seek public health degrees

Jan. 18, 2021 3:00 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — When COVID-19 hit, Jakira Lewis put her academics into practice. A second-year student at the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health, Lewis dove into working as a case investigator and contact tracer. “It was really exciting at first getting that...

This combo of file photos from Washington show Supreme Court Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall  on Oct. 24, 1967; and Constance Baker Motley, nominated to be judge of the southern district of New York, at her confirmation hearing, on April 4, 1966. The NAACP's Legal Defense Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, to create a new generation of civil rights lawyers. The Marshall-Motley Scholars Program, named for the legal defense fund's founder and Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and his staff attorney Constance Baker Motley, who later became the first Black female federal judge. (AP Photo/Charles Tasnadi, left, and Henry Griffin)

Anonymous $40 million gift funding 50 civil rights lawyers

Jan. 18, 2021 1:10 AM EST

ATLANTA (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund launched a $40 million scholarship program on Monday to support a new generation of civil rights lawyers, dedicated to pursuing racial justice across the South. With that whopping gift from a single anonymous donor, the fund plans to put 50...

Creighton University gets $25M donation for new program

Jan. 17, 2021 11:42 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton University has received a $25 million donation from an unnamed foundation to create a program at its medical school for students interested in addressing poverty and improving health care in other countries. Creighton President Rev. Daniel Hendrickson said the program will...

Charvi Goyal, 17, prepares to jump online for a tutoring session she gives to a junior high student from her family's home Monday, Jan. 4, 2021, in Plano, Texas. Goyal is part of a group of high school students that put together their own volunteer online tutoring service to help k-12 during the pandemic. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Teens tutor peers online to fill need during pandemic

Jan. 16, 2021 8:39 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — When her suburban Dallas high school was forced to move online last spring because of the coronavirus pandemic, Charvi Goyal realized that the schoolmates she’d been informally tutoring between classes would still need extra help but wouldn’t necessarily be able to get...

Dartmouth to ban smoking in March in public, private spaces

Jan. 16, 2021 11:53 AM EST

HANOVER, N.H. (AP) — Dartmouth College is going smoke-free starting March 18, banning tobacco products on all college property and also public sidewalks near buildings. The new policy will prohibit the use of tobacco or nicotine products by students, staff, faculty or visitors on any property owned,...

Program aims to make Louisiana high schools 'more relevant'

Jan. 16, 2021 10:04 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana education leaders are working on an ambitious program to remake high schools, to avoid wasting high school students' senior years and better prepare them for college or careers. The new program called “Fast Forward” would allow juniors and seniors to spend...

University to start environmental, racial justice institute

Jan. 16, 2021 9:31 AM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The University of Oregon says it will create an institute focusing on environmental and racial justice after receiving a grant of more than $4.5 million, the biggest humanities award in the school’s history. The Pacific Northwest Just Futures Institute for Racial and Climate...