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Librarians honor books by Luiselli and Higginbotham

Jan. 26, 2020 7:01 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Valeria Luiselli's novel “Lost Children Archive” and Adam Higginbotham's nonfiction “Midnight in Chernobyl” have been awarded the Andrew Carnegie Medal, a $5,000 prize presented by the American Library Association. The awards for fiction and nonfiction were...

Democratic presidential candidate, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, speaks to campaign workers and supporters in Minneapolis, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, as he opens the first field office in Minnesota and meets with local community leaders and voters to share his vision for the country. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Bloomberg vows steadfast commitment to US aid for Israel

Jan. 26, 2020 5:33 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Bloomberg on Sunday made his case for the presidency to fellow Jewish Americans, vowing not to revisit U.S. aid to Israel -- an approach that contrasts Bloomberg with several of his Democratic rivals, including his only fellow Jewish candidate in the race, Bernie Sanders. ...

Model UN event ended early after student falls ill

Jan. 26, 2020 5:19 PM EST

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — The Yale Model United Nations conference that draws high school students from around the world was shut down a day early over concerns about the coronavirus after a student from China fell ill with what is apparently the flu, a Yale spokeswoman said Sunday. The four-day conference...

Governor's order sets up council for thriving children

Jan. 26, 2020 4:49 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an executive order establishing a Council for Thriving Children, an advisory council on early childhood care and education. The council will be led by the departments of Health and Human Services and Education. It will make recommendations on...

Michigan agencies offer Great Lakes education initiative

Jan. 26, 2020 4:44 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A new state program is designed to teach Michigan children about the Great Lakes, their watersheds and how people affect water resources. The initiative is called “From Students to Stewards." It's a collaboration between the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and...

Superintendent, union head at odds over teacher absenteeism

Jan. 26, 2020 4:14 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The superintendent of a Rhode Island school district and the head of the teacher's union are at odds over teacher absenteeism rates. Warwick Superintendent Philip Thornton says state Department of Education data shows 11% of the district's teachers were chronically absent last school...

Michigan newspaper sues school district over transparency

Jan. 26, 2020 3:36 PM EST

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan newspaper has sued Traverse City Area Public Schools for allegedly disregarding transparency laws related to the unexpected resignation of the former superintendent. The lawsuit f iled Friday by the Traverse City Record-Eagle alleged the district misused closed...

Idaho wildlife officials criticized for elk hunt

Jan. 26, 2020 1:19 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Officials at the Idaho Department of Fish and Game are being criticized for taking part in a research project that led to the killing of 206 elk across southern Idaho from Pocatello to Nampa in an attempt to learn more about how to control damage from elk herds. The hunting and fishing...

In this Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020 photo, Kevin Muhammad, director of the Community Haven, walks around the former work release center in the Bushtown neighborhood in Chattanooga, Ten. Muhammad plans to convert the former jail into a community center. (Wyatt Massey/Chattanooga Times Free Press via AP)

Group plans to turn vacant jail into black community pillar

Jan. 26, 2020 11:49 AM EST

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — Half a century ago, the five-acre lot in Chattanooga's Bushtown neighborhood was a thriving black Catholic school. Two decades ago, the property was a work release center, a symbol of the mass incarceration that had torn apart the surrounding community. Today, Kevin Muhammad has a...

Maine nursing school plans to expand to address shortage

Jan. 26, 2020 10:47 AM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The University of Southern Maine plans to expand its nursing school to deal with a shortage of nurses in the state. USM said it's going to use $2.5 million in public and private money to grow the capacity of its School of Nursing. The changes will double the size of the nursing...