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Global December 2017

Putin Makes Surprise Stop in Syria en Route to Cairo

Russian president Vladimir Putin made a surprise stop in Syria while en route to Cairo. Political opponents Doug Jones and Roy Moore show divergent views on what the Alabama Senate vote means. Interviews with more than two dozen women and girls bolster contention by the U.N. that Myanmar's military is using rape as a "calculated tool of terror."

Health Care January 2018

Partnership Provides Overdose-reversing Drug to 9 UW Higher Education Institutions

The overdose-reversing drug Narcan will be available for use by security officers at nine University of Wisconsin campuses. State Attorney General Brad Schimel was to announce a partnership with the pharmaceutical company Adapt Pharma Wednesday to supply a nasal spray version of Narcan. The campuses involved include Madison, Green Bay, La Crosse, Oshkosh, Platteville, River Falls, Stevens Point, Stout and Superior.

Financing December 2017

Ex-Kent State President, Husband Pledge $1M for Higher Education Scholarships

The former president of Kent State University and her husband have committed to donating $1 million to pay for arts scholarships after their deaths. Former president Carol Cartwright and G. Phillip Cartwright also have pledged to give $10,000 annually starting this year to Kent State's College of Arts to fund scholarships for under-represented students.

Global December 2017

Disney Buying Large Part of 21st Century Fox in $52.4B Deal --Beyond Education

Disney is buying a large part of the Murdoch family's 21st Century Fox for about $52.4 billion in stock, including film and television studios and cable and international TV businesses. The deal gives Disney film businesses including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures and Fox 2000, which together are the homes of Avatar, X-Men, Fantastic Four and Deadpool. On the television side, Disney will get Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21, with shows including "The Simpsons" and "Modern Family."

Financing December 2017

U of Missouri Endowment Tops $1B for the First Time in the Higher Education Institution’s History

The endowment of the University of Missouri's flagship campus in Columbia has topped $1 billion for the first time even as the campus struggles to recover from race-related protests and drops in enrollment. Since the protests in 2015, enrollment has dropped by almost 13 percent. The endowment shrank during the recession, but through new private gifts and stock market growth, it's increased by more than $400 million since the campus launched its latest fundraising campaign six years ago.

Financing December 2017

Republican Higher Education Bill Clears First Hurdle

Republican legislation making its way through Congress goes after a number of key student loan subsidies and deductions, and critics say it could make college less affordable for millions of Americans. A rewrite of the nation's main law governing higher education that passed the House Committee on Education and the Workforce late Tuesday would eliminate subsidies for interest payments on federal student loans while the students are in college. The American Council of Education estimates the change would affect 6 million students. And new graduates would not be able to participate in the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, a program launched in 2007 with the aim of motivating students to take government and teaching jobs in remote rural areas.

Technology December 2017

The Latest: FCC Votes Down Obama-era 'Net Neutrality' Rules--Breaking News (Beyond Education)

The Federal Communications Commission has voted on party lines to undo sweeping Obama-era "net neutrality" rules that guaranteed equal access to internet. The agency's Democratic commissioners dissented in the 3-2 vote Thursday. The FCC's new rules could usher in big changes in how Americans use the internet. The agency got rid of rules that barred companies like Comcast, AT&T and Verizon from playing favorites with internet apps and sites.