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Bachelor Degrees From Community Colleges On California Horizon

Bachelor Degrees From Community Colleges On California Horizon

February 27, 2014


Filed under Campus, National

By Katy Murphy and Paul Burgarino San Jose Mercury News (MCT) SAN JOSE, Calif. — California’s community college students could soon stay put — and pay a lot less — to earn what they thought they would have to go elsewhere to get: a four-year bachelor’s degree. As the demand for col...

Addressing Suicide Among Seemingly Successful College Students

Addressing Suicide Among Seemingly Successful College Students

February 25, 2014


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By Susan Snyder The Philadelphia Inquirer (MCT) PHILADELPHIA — Christopher Aiello broke into tears — again — when he got a call last month about Madison Holleran, a promising scholar-athlete at the University of Pennsylvania who jumped to her death from a Philadelphia parking garage, ...

Supreme Court Hears States’ Objections To Greenhouse Gas Rules

Supreme Court Hears States’ Objections To Greenhouse Gas Rules

February 24, 2014


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By Michael Doyle McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court seemed split down the middle Monday, and occasionally lost in the fog, as the justices confronted a challenge to the Obama administration’s greenhouse gas regulations. Conservatives, including the court’s frequent sw...

For Farmers, Decisions From New Farm Bill Will Be Taxing

For Farmers, Decisions From New Farm Bill Will Be Taxing

February 23, 2014


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By Chris Adams McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — All the jawboning about the big farm bill was over two weeks ago, when Congress finally passed the $956 billion package. But for America’s farmers, the decisions are just beginning. And they could get complicated. “The trick...

Washington State Gets Leading Role In Clash Over Minimum Wage

Washington State Gets Leading Role In Clash Over Minimum Wage

February 22, 2014


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By Rob Hotakainen McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — A bidding war of sorts has broken out in Washington state, where politicians are scrambling to raise the state’s minimum wage of $9.32, already the highest in the nation. Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who went to the White H...

China Protests As Obama Meets With Dalai Lama

China Protests As Obama Meets With Dalai Lama

February 22, 2014


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By Anita Kumar McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama welcomed Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to the White House on Friday even as China warned that the meeting would hurt the relationship between the two nations. Obama spoke to the Dalai Lama for ne...

Fraternity Expels 3 Linked To Statue Noose, Suspends Ole Miss Chapter

February 22, 2014


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By Paresh Dave Los Angeles Times (MCT) The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity said it has indefinitely suspended its chapter at Ole Miss and has expelled three 19-year-old freshmen it said were responsible for the “desecration” last weekend of a campus statue honoring the school’s first black student. ...

Top Research Universities Join To Boost Minority Science Faculty

Top Research Universities Join To Boost Minority Science Faculty

February 20, 2014


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By Carla Rivera Los Angeles Times (MCT) LOS ANGELES — As an African-American man pursuing a doctorate in the sciences, Geoff Lovely has sometimes had to overcome a feeling that he didn’t belong in the halls of top research universities where he saw few peers of color. The California ...

RedBlueAmerica: Religious Liberty Or Discrimination In Kansas

RedBlueAmerica: Religious Liberty Or Discrimination In Kansas

February 20, 2014


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By Joel Mathis and Ben Boychuk McClatchy-Tribune News Service (MCT) The Kansas legislature last week found itself on the verge of passing a bill that would protect any worker — in a private business or in government — who refused service to individuals because of the worker’s religious opp...

With Voters Still Skeptical, Dozens Of Democrats Inch Away From Obamacare

With Voters Still Skeptical, Dozens Of Democrats Inch Away From Obamacare

February 20, 2014


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By Anita Kumar McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) PALM SPRINGS, Calif. — Mark Kentley is the kind of voter who will help decide the short-term political verdict on the new health care law known as Obamacare. A 27-year-old who studies business administration while working at the College of t...

2016 White House Campaign On Parade As Governors Come To Washington

2016 White House Campaign On Parade As Governors Come To Washington

February 20, 2014


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By David Lightman McClatchy Washington Bureau (MCT) WASHINGTON — The nation’s governors are coming to Washington this weekend and they’re bringing the 2016 presidential campaign with them. As they gather Friday for the four-day National Governors Association winter meeting, the group ...

College Textbook Sticker Shock Causes Students To Leave Books On The Shelves

College Textbook Sticker Shock Causes Students To Leave Books On The Shelves

February 6, 2014


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MCT NEWSFEATURES By Katy Murphy The Oakland Tribune (MCT) OAKLAND, Calif. — Despite new technologies and a 2012 California law promising college students relief from soaring textbook costs, students’ bookstore spending is higher than ever — now about $1,200 for books and supplies. A...

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