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First-Generation Students Blaze Trails, Face Challenges

First-Generation Students Blaze Trails, Face Challenges

For Jon Hernandez, going to college wasn’t part of his original plan. While it may be difficult given that he can’t always ask family members for advice, he intends to complete his bachelor’s degree within three years with the help of his father’s GI Bill. “I usually address faculty for questions about school,” he said. [...]
Border Patrol to Test Body Cameras on AgentsWASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Border Patrol will begin testing body-worn cameras on agents next month, the head of its parent agency said Thursday, a step toward seeing if the technology should be used in the field as the government seeks to blunt criticism about agents’ use of force. R. Gil Kerlikowske, Customs and Border [...]
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Food Stamp Cuts Limited – Thanks to Work by StatesWASHINGTON (AP) — Cuts to the nation’s food stamp program enacted this year are only affecting four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed, an Associated Press review has found. As a result, it’s unclear whether the law will realize the estimated $8.6 billion in savings over 10 years that the GOP [...]
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And Then There was Joy on the Border – for OnceA few months ago, on a quiet Sunday afternoon, I was reading a book and wondering if it would ever, ever rain again in Brownsville. In this arid land, some older people believe that rainfall is a measure of the quality of dialogue between God and God’s creatures. I was convinced that someone in this [...]
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Pregnant Workers Need Safeguards, Lawmakers Tell CourtWASHINGTON (AP) — More than 120 members of Congress urged the Supreme Court last week to recognize that pregnant workers are entitled to reasonable accommodations such as light duty, saying it’s needed to ensure that expecting mothers are not forced out of their jobs. In a friend-of-the-court brief, the Democratic lawmakers — 99 from the [...]
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U.S. Has 45.3M Poor People. Why No Major Improvement?The basic question from Tuesday’s release of U.S. poverty statistics is this: If the country’s economy is technically growing, then why do the 2013 numbers from the Census Bureau fail to reflect significant and overall improvement for working families and individuals? In 2013, the country was home to 45.3 million people living in poverty, marking [...]
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Police Body Cameras Can Build Trust, White House SaysWASHINGTON (AP) — Requiring police officers to wear body cameras is one potential solution to bridging deep mistrust between law enforcement and the public, the White House said, weighing in on a national debate sparked by the shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black man, on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. In the days and [...]
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Tip Campaign for Marriott Hotel Housekeepers BeginsNEW YORK (AP) — Do you leave a tip in your hotel room for the maid? Marriott is launching a program with Maria Shriver to put envelopes in hotel rooms to encourage tipping. The campaign, called “The Envelope Please,” begins this week. Envelopes will be placed in 160,000 rooms in the U.S. and Canada. Some [...]
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$25K Scholarships for DREAMers Now Available  Applications for scholarships up to $25,000 are being accepted from undocumented youth who will be first-time college students or who will transfer to a four-year university to finish a bachelor’s degree, TheDream.US, a national organization with $32 million to help young people, announced on Sept. 4.  The scholarships – to which individuals can apply [...]
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‘Chokehold’ Training to Stop for Seattle-Area Deputiesexcerpt
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