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In this undated photo provided by Southern Utah Athletics, Ghita Nassik hits the ball during tennis practice at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah. Southern Utah announced June 23, 2020, it was eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis programs effective immediately due to budget cuts brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. (Joey DeGraaf/Southern Utah Athletics  via AP)

As schools ponder cutting sports, tennis proves vulnerable

Jul. 6, 2020 2:28 AM EDT

The promise of college tennis lured Abhimanyu Vannemreddy from his home in India to the United States, where he settled in at Winthrop University in South Carolina. Now he’s pondering his future thousands of miles away from his family as financial reality crashes down on his sport. Winthrop announced last...

Aspiring North Dakota opera singer heads to grad school

Jul. 6, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Nathan Bowles, a local operatic singer, is heading off to graduate school in the fall for voice performance, hoping to do what he loves most for a living. Bowles is a recent Minot State University graduate, earning his bachelor’s in the Science of Education in Music last December....

FILE - In this June 27, 2020, file photo, Saltillo High School seniors make their way to the football field as the sun begins to set for their graduation ceremony in Saltillo, Miss. The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education. (Thomas Wells/The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal via AP, File)

Amid pandemic, fewer students seek federal aid for college

Jul. 6, 2020 12:26 AM EDT

The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education. In...

Massachusetts moves forward reopening; RI students scramble

Jul. 5, 2020 4:23 PM EDT

Most of Massachusetts is moving forward with the next phase of its economic reopening, which covers many indoor venues like gyms, museums movie theaters and casinos, effective on Monday. The governor's order covers all of the state except Boston, where the changes will take effect on July 13. Gov. Charlie Baker...

Some K-State athletes protest over student's Floyd tweet

Jul. 5, 2020 2:13 PM EDT

MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Some Kansas State athletes were among about 100 people who protested this weekend over an insensitive tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd. Those attending the rally in Manhattan, Kansas, on Saturday said the university administration's promise to launch initiatives to...

FILE - In this March 29, 2020, file photo, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont addresses the media at medical equipment manufacturer Bio-Med Devices in Guilford, Conn. On Thursday, July 2, 2020, Lamont announced a change to the required 14-day quarantine for visitors from states with high COVID-19 infection rates. He believes the quarantine announced the week before by Connecticut, New Jersey and New York has limited the number of Connecticut's out-of-state visitors. (Brian A. Pounds/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Help wanted: Lamont turns to outside experts to fight virus

Jul. 5, 2020 12:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont, a businessman-turned-politician, mid-way into his first term, did what felt natural when he faced the prospect of large numbers of coronavirus infections spreading from neighboring New York into his state. The wealthy cable company founder leveraged his...

LSU AgCenter's free beginning farmer program starts Oct. 1

Jul. 5, 2020 10:36 AM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The LSU AgCenter is taking applications for a free 16-week training program for about 20 beginning farmers. The Grow Louisiana program accepts both people who want to farm and those who have been farming for less than 10 years, program director Marcus Coleman said in a news release...

Grant to help foster farm conservation practices in Alabama

Jul. 5, 2020 10:18 AM EDT

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A $3 million federal grant will help encourage new conservation practices by Alabama farmers. A statement from Auburn University said the college of agriculture is getting the money to help row farms through an Agriculture Department program. Many soils in the state are low in organic...

Virginia college town helps make masks for students' return

Jul. 5, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Students and faculty at the University of Lynchburg will be required to wear masks when campus reopens for the fall semester in August. Thanks to members of the university community, they’ll be provided hand-sewn, reusable cloth masks at no cost. On June 25, the university...

UIC's business school opens real estate department

Jul. 5, 2020 9:14 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The University of Illinois at Chicago’s business school is opening a real estate department, according to university officials. It’s called the Stuart Handler Department of Real Estate is the College of Business Administration's fifth department. There are plans in the works...