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3 Va. colleges’ support staff pay exceed average

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Support staff at Virginia’s public four-year institutions earn salaries that are comparable to similar schools nationally, with three exceptions, according to a report by Joint Legislative Audit and Review Commission. The report examined the cost of support functions, which include libraries, police departments, student services, academic administration, public relations and [...]

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NASA-WILDFIRE DRONE

NORFOLK — NASA is partnering with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to test the use of drones to spot wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp in southeastern Va. and northeast N.C. In 2011, a wildifre in the swamp burned for nearly four months and caused poor air quality in the heavily-populated Hampton Roads region on some days [...]

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Quiet ‘whiz kid’ now public face of Ebola fight

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Last May, as Ebola crept across West Africa, America’s top infectious disease expert told a group of Harvard students in a commencement speech to always second-guess their assumptions because “overconfidence can kill.” Five months later in a hearing room on Capitol Hill, Tom Frieden was accused of not following his own [...]

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Feminist speaker questions Utah’s campus gun laws

  SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah’s campus gun laws are in the spotlight after a feminist speaker canceled a speech at Utah State University once she learned the school would allow concealed firearms despite an anonymous threat to kill her and others in a mass shooting. University officials were set to go ahead with the event [...]

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Los Angeles schools superintendent resigns

  LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy resigned as head of the nation’s second-largest school system after failing to overcome technological problems, clashing with the teachers union and losing allies on the school board. The resignation was announced Thursday in a joint statement by Deasy and the board. A separate statement [...]

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Harvard junior who took mom to Mexico can return

  LOS REYES LA PAZ, Mexico (AP) — A Harvard University student stuck in Mexico for months after breaking an immigration rule was told Tuesday that he will be allowed to return home to the United States. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service had declared that Dario Guerrero Meneses, an illegal immigrant, effectively deported himself [...]

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Mary Baldwin students give back on Apple Day

STAUNTON, Va. (AP) — It was an overcast morning with a slight breeze, and as you walked around the corner toward Hunt Dining Hall on Mary Baldwin College’s campus, the first thing that hit you was the fragrance of rosemary and sage. There was also basil, lemon balm, echinacea and epazote — but it was [...]

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Legion of Christ’s US women’s college to close

  VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Legion of Christ religious order has suffered another blow with the announcement Thursday that its training center for consecrated women in the U.S. is closing because of poor enrollment. The Mater Ecclesiae College in Greenville, Rhode Island, had catered to women who were deciding whether they wanted to live [...]

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Few Va. schools participate in new meal program

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Few public schools in Virginia are participating in a new federal program that makes free breakfast and lunch available to all students in schools or districts where at least 40 percent of students previously qualified for free lunch. Nearly a quarter of Virginia’s 1,827 public schools were eligible to participate this year. Only 86 [...]

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Michelle Obama campaigns in Wisconsin, Illinois

  CHICAGO (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama made a pair of stops Tuesday in the upper Midwest for gubernatorial candidates locked in close contests, encouraging early voting, particularly among young voters, women and minorities. She spent the first half of Tuesday near the University of Wisconsin campus in Madison to rally young voters for [...]

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School bets video game scholarship can draw talent

  CHICAGO (AP) — As a teenager, holed up in his bedroom, illuminated by the glow of his laptop, Youngbin Chung became addicted to video games. Ten-hours-a-day addicted. His grades tanked. His parents fretted. A few years later, the 20-year-old from the San Francisco area leads a team of headset-wearing players into virtual battle in [...]

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