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What's Happening in the Brain When Someone's Addicted?

One in every twelve kids in Greene County between 6 th and 12 th grades is misusing prescription drugs—that’s according to the Missouri Department of Mental Health’s Behavioral Health Profile . And take a guess at the average age for taking that first sip of alcohol: here in Greene County, it’s 13 years old. All this week, we’re looking at what substance abuse means for our region. But to understand substance abuse, we need to explore many aspects, including what’s going on in the brain. Dr....

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Trump's Agenda May Be Doomed Unless He Learns That 'Little' Stuff Matters

President Trump was downright low energy. The look on his face, as he meandered through unscripted remarks Friday after the defeat of the Republican health care plan he supported, told the story. The unusually subdued Trump called the loss a "learning experience." Then he seemed to shrug it all off and said he was moving on. But it's hardly going to be that simple or easy. The same fissures in the GOP that derailed the health care bill will be there when it comes to any big issue moving...

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It's a perennial debate in American education: Do kids learn best when they're sitting in rows at their desks? Or moving around, exploring on their own?

Back in the 1960s and '70s, that debate led to a brand new school design: Small classrooms were out. Wide-open spaces were in. The Open Education movement was born.

Across the U.S., schools were designed and built along these new ideas, with a new approach to the learning that would take place inside them.

Stare hard at your March Madness brackets because the weekend is over and we are down to the Final Four:

When South Carolina faces Gonzaga in the NCAA final four playoffs in Arizona on Saturday, it will be the first time both the seventh-seeded Gamecocks and the No. 1 seeded Bulldogs have played their way into the semifinals.

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