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What MSU is Watching For as Congress Debates Tax Reform

Colleges and universities across the country are closely watching efforts in Congress to pass a major tax overhaul. Both the House and Senate have reportedly reached an agreement in conference committee, and could vote on a final bill next week. One provision that’s gotten a lot of attention is the House’s plan to tax graduate tuition benefits as income. The final version, however, is expected to keep the waiver in place. Reports show plans to eliminate the deduction for interest on student...

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Wife Of Kentucky Lawmaker Who Killed Himself Plans To Run For His Seat

Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET The day after the suicide of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, his widow announced that she plans to run for his seat. "Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over," Rebecca Johnson said in a statement Thursday to multiple news outlets . "These high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day. I've been fighting behind my husband for 30 years and his fight will go on." It's the latest turn in what has been shocking series of...

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Updated at 4:50 p.m. ET

The day after the suicide of Kentucky state Rep. Dan Johnson, his widow announced that she plans to run for his seat.

"Dan is gone but the story of his life is far from over," Rebecca Johnson said in a statement Thursday to multiple news outlets. "These high-tech lynchings based on lies and half-truths can't be allowed to win the day. I've been fighting behind my husband for 30 years and his fight will go on."

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KSMU listeners first met Ryan Bogart last summer on “Arts News.” He and his wife Veronica (Ronnie) became the new directors of Messiah Project’s Credo Dance Academy at that time.  Today both Ryan and Ronnie were in-studio along with Messiah Project director Lindsey Robison to talk about a Christian-themed dance concert this weekend.

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A grand jury tasked with investigating broad issues of hazing at Penn State has issued a blistering report asserting that leaders at the university were well aware of pervasive misbehavior in the Greek system and failed to take action.

Penn State, responding in court, said that the university has "shown an unwavering commitment to promoting safety and accountability" and that alcohol abuse at college is a "national problem," not a university-specific one.

Authorities say a woman on Long Island, N.Y., stole and transferred more than $85,000 to support the Islamic State, using bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.

Zoobia Shahnaz, 27, is charged with bank fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and three counts of money laundering, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. She pleaded not guilty on Thursday in U.S. District Court in Central Islip, N.Y.

Between my dad's love for upstate New York's sharp cheddars and the annual gift-pack of farmhouse cheeses my brother sends from California, cheese figures pretty heavily in my holiday season. This year Bronwen and Francis Percival's new book, Reinventing the Wheel: Milk, Microbes, and the Fight for Real Cheese, makes that not just cause for pleasure, but reflection as well.

A viral video making the rounds Friday has one of President Trump's judicial nominees in an uncomfortable spotlight.

Matthew Petersen has been nominated for a judgeship on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, one of the nation's most important federal courts. Petersen is now a member of the Federal Election Commission.

But his trouble began during Wednesday's confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee when, among a panel of five nominees, he alone told Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., that he had never tried a case in court.

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Colleges and universities across the country are closely watching efforts in Congress to pass a major tax overhaul. Both the House and Senate have reportedly reached an agreement in conference committee, and could vote on a final bill next week.

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