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Budget bill reopens moderate vs. progressive divide for Dems

Sep. 16, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One side is energized by the prospect of the greatest expansion of government support since the New Deal nearly a century ago. The other is fearful about dramatically expanding Washington's reach at an enormous cost. They're all Democrats. Yet each...

Future of Lake Tahoe clarity in question as wildfires worsen

Sep. 16, 2021 20:18 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — When a wildfire crested the mountains near North America's largest alpine lake, embers and ash that zipped across a smoky sky pierced Lake Tahoe’s clear blue waters. The evacuation order for thousands to flee their homes has been lifted, but...

Tommy Thompson has surgery after water-skiing accident

Sep. 16, 2021 17:33 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Tommy Thompson, the longest-serving governor in Wisconsin history and current interim president of the University of Wisconsin System, had surgery Thursday following a water-skiing accident. “On my way in to surgery this morning,” the...

Senate hopeful flexes power of AG's office through lawsuits

Sep. 16, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican attorney general, Eric Schmitt, sued China over the coronavirus. He signed on to a failed lawsuit seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Now, as he positions himself for a Senate run, he’s turning his attention...

Ex-student pleads guilty in Ohio fraternity hazing case

Sep. 16, 2021 14:51 PM EDT

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) — One of the eight men charged in the fraternity hazing death of a Bowling Green State University sophomore pleaded guilty on Thursday in Ohio. Niall Sweeney, 21, of Erie, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty in a Wood County courtroom to felony...

UMass to rename nursing school after getting $21.5M gift

Sep. 16, 2021 13:51 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — The University of Massachusetts Amherst has received a $21.5 million gift from the foundation named for an alumna who was also the author of several influential nursing textbooks, school officials announced Thursday. In honor of the gift from the...

LSU is removing 78 students for not following vaccine rules

Sep. 16, 2021 13:34 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana State University has begun the process of ejecting dozens of students for not following COVID-19 vaccination rules, according to a spokesman. LSU spokesman Ernie Ballard said Wednesday that the university is contacting 78 students to...

University seeks to strip Confederal general name from hall

Sep. 16, 2021 12:21 PM EDT

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee university will once again seek permission to strip the name of a Confederate general from one of its buildings, officials said. Middle Tennessee State University’s Board of Trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to petition the...

Kentucky report: College graduates make more than others

Sep. 16, 2021 04:12 AM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A report by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education found that years after graduating high school, students who earned a college credential made more than both high school graduates and students who left college without a credential, despite fewer years of...

Some abortion foes question tactical wisdom of new Texas ban

Sep. 15, 2021 19:04 PM EDT

The new Texas law that bans most abortions in the state has been welcomed by many of the religious leaders who help bolster the anti-abortion movement. Yet some abortion opponents in U.S. religious circles are wary of the law and questioning the movement’s current direction. ...