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In this Jan. 21, 2020, photo, New Mexico Sen. John Sapien, D-Corrales, left, and his aide, Sisto Abeyta, right, greet visitors to the Capitol in Santa Fe, N.M., before the start of the Legislative Session. Sapien, a Democrat from a swing district, announced Sunday, Feb. 16, he would not seek re-election. (AP Photo/ Russell Contreras)

Key Democratic New Mexico senator won't seek re-election

Feb. 16, 2020 9:15 PM EST

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico Sen. John Sapien, a key moderate Democratic senator who represents a swing district outside of Albuquerque and who has been a champion for early childhood education, will not run for re-election. Sapien told The Associated Press on Sunday he concluded during the current...

Recently discovered mineral named for LSU professor

Feb. 16, 2020 7:22 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A Louisiana State University geology professor now has a scientific namesake — a newly discovered variety of tourmaline. Barbara Dutrow said she's surprised and thrilled by the honor. “A lifelong passion has been to discover and decode the geologic information...

Seminarian Daniel Rice, left, sits with classmates during a lesson on the Gospel of Luke at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa., on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2020. Future Catholic priests remain unflinchingly optimistic despite scandals that have driven faithful from the pews. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)

All too aware of clergy abuse, seminarians keep the faith

Feb. 16, 2020 6:32 PM EST

WYNNEWOOD, Pa. (AP) — The seminarians walk along a hallway lined with photos of classes of priests who came before them. Some are pious alumni who have become their teachers and mentors; others climbed the Catholic hierarchy to be revered as bishops and cardinals. But there are others: Raymond Leneweaver,...

Lawmakers support raises for teachers, state employees

Feb. 16, 2020 6:10 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state employees and public school teachers could soon be getting raises and bonuses under budget proposals before the state House and Senate. Money committees in both chambers unveiled their proposals Sunday for a two-year and more than $135 billion state spending plan, both...

Missouri teacher charged with sexual contact with a student

Feb. 16, 2020 5:13 PM EST

FLORISSANT, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri high school teacher has been charged with having sexual contact with a high school student. The St. Louis County prosecutor's office says 29-year-old Willie Williams of St. Ann, Missouri, was arrested and charged on Thursday. Prosecutors say Williams sent a student naked...

Gov. Tate Reeves, left, laughs as Lt. Gov. Delbert Hosemann uses his fist as a gavel to dissolve a joint session of the Legislature that gathered to listen to Reeves' first State of the State speech, outside the Capitol in Jackson, Miss., Monday, Jan. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis)

Analysis: Legislators approaching busy part of 2020 session

Feb. 16, 2020 5:00 PM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers have had a slow start to their four-month session, but the pace is about to quicken as committees start debating bills dealing with the criminal justice system and other issues. March 3 is the first big deadline. That's the last day for House and Senate...

Parents allege daughter, 6, was sexually assaulted at recess

Feb. 16, 2020 4:40 PM EST

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old southern Illinois girl are suing local school officials, alleging that their daughter was sexually assaulted by another kindergartner during recess. The lawsuit names the Edwardsville School District 7 as the defendant and alleges that the school...

Kennesaw State to build new dorm as student body grows

Feb. 16, 2020 4:28 PM EST

MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — Kennesaw State University is going to build a $37 million residence hall that will open in the fall of 2022 as the university prepares to accommodate its growing student population. According to news outlets, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved the new...

St. Paul high school robotics team recovers stolen trailer

Feb. 16, 2020 4:23 PM EST

ST.. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A trailer that contained equipment for a Twin Cities high school robotics team has been recovered after it was stolen early Sunday. The trailer belongs to the St. Paul Highland Park team. Dubbed the Automatons, they spent the first six weeks of the new year building a robot from...

Analysis: New money puts Louisiana education groups at odds

Feb. 16, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Digging out of a decade of cuts and stagnant funding, Louisiana's public schools, colleges and other education programs are vying for the increased cash coming into the state treasury. But with a finite amount of money to pour into spending increases, education leaders end up at...