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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...

Wisconsin quadruplets begin college from childhood home

Jan. 16, 2021 1:01 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The procrastination caught up to Ken Forbeck in late November. The UW-Madison freshman had fallen a few weeks behind on note-taking in his Environmental Studies class and, in what is a familiar routine to many college students, Forbeck powered through a cram session to catch up. What...

Alaska regents extend contract for interim president

Jan. 15, 2021 8:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has extended the contract for its interim president. The board last summer announced Pat Pitney would take over as interim president Aug. 1, and stay at least a year in the position and up to 18 months. On Friday, the board announced a search...

This image provided by the Genesee County, Mich., Sheriff's Office, shows Richard Baird, the former Michigan Transformation manager, who was charged Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021, with felony perjury and other charges, in connection with the Flint, Mich., water crisis. (Genesee County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Ex-Snyder aide quits university board after Flint charges

Jan. 15, 2021 5:50 PM EST

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Richard Baird, one of nine former officials charged in the Flint water crisis, resigned from the Eastern Michigan University Board of Regents on Friday. Baird, 64, was a top aide to ex-Gov. Rick Snyder, who was arraigned on misdemeanor charges Thursday. In a letter to the board's...

State commissioner of administration Jay Dardenne wears a mask as he testifies before the Louisiana House Appropriations Committee, in Baton Rouge, La., Monday, May 4, 2020. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana to get $2B in federal virus aid, but with strings

Jan. 15, 2021 5:02 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana expects to receive at least $2 billion in coronavirus aid from the latest relief package passed by Congress, but state officials don’t yet know what strings are attached and how much of the cash could help patch budget holes next year. “It's a big mystery...

An Omaha police officer stands inside of the Davis Square Apartments at Creighton University on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. Police and firefighters evacuated the dormitory overnight after a student told emergency room staff that she had tried to make the poison ricin in her dorm room in an attempt to harm herself. The Omaha World-Herald reports that officials also shut down the Creighton University Medical Center emergency room on the university campus as a precaution.  (Chris Machian/Omaha World-Herald via AP)

Creighton dorm evacuated after student tries to make ricin

Jan. 15, 2021 4:14 PM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Police and firefighters evacuated a Creighton University dormitory after a student at the Nebraska school told emergency room staff that she had tried to make the poison ricin in her dorm room in an attempt to harm herself. Officials also temporarily shut down the Creighton University...