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More guilty pleas expected in multi-state dog fighting probe

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Seven of the 14 people arrested in a multi-state dog fighting investigation have filed court papers saying they want to plead guilty. Jennifer McDonald of Fairburn, Ga.; Michael Martin of Auburn, Ala.; and Ricky Van Le of Biloxi, Miss., are the latest to file papers in federal court in Montgomery. Four others previously sent paperwork saying that they want to change their pleas to guilty. They are Lawrence Watford of Adel, Ga.; William Oneil Edwards of Elba, Ala.; DeMo... More>>

Parents remember daughter who died in ATV accident Video included

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Gracie Abbott's parents never imagined that an Easter Sunday gathering would end the way it did. They tell me their daughter rode ATVs all time. And when they got the call that she was had been in an accident they were sure it wasn't that serious. But it was serious. "I talked to her. I told her that we were proud of her. I held her," said Sharon Abbott.Abbott says she's almost sure her daughter Gracie was gone at that point. She says Gracie's eyes were already fixated and dilated by the time... More>>

Auburn University offering $10,000 reward for tips about campus threats

Auburn University and police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for recent threats made on campus. Auburn University and police are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for recent threats made on campus.
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After two incidents of threats within the past week that have disrupted classes and campus operations, Auburn University is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible. More>>

Missing teen reported in Cullman County

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A teenager has been reported missing in Cullman County, according to Nixle.com report posted Tuesday afternoon.Billy Ray Wren, 18, was last seen Monday morning near Hired Hand Inc. in Bremen, Ala. He is described as a 6-foot-1, 153-pound male with brown hair and eyes. Anyone with information regarding Wren's whereabouts is asked to please call the sheriff's office at 256-746-0342. More>>

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  • Part of new gun bill in Georgia would allow certain school employees to bring guns to school

    Part of new gun bill in Georgia would allow certain school employees to bring guns to school

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-23 12:59:47 GMT
    Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will change the states gun laws.Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is set to sign legislation that will change the states gun laws.
    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, on Monday, will sign legislation giving more freedom to those residents with licenses to carry weapons. House Bill 60 makes several changes to Georgia’s current law. The bill will allow people with a license to carry the ability to bring their gun into a bar without restrictions. It will allow people to bring their weapons into some government buildings that don’t have particular types of security. It will also give churches and worships centers the right to dec...More >>
    Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, on Monday, will sign legislation giving more freedom to those residents with licenses to carry weapons. House Bill 60 makes several changes to Georgia’s current law. The bill will allow people with a license to carry the ability to bring their gun into a bar without restrictions. It will allow people to bring their weapons into some government buildings that don’t have particular types of security. It will also give churches and worships centers the right to dec...More >>
  • Auburn University reports bomb threat at Haley Center, building evacuated (Update)

    Auburn University reports bomb threat at Haley Center, building evacuated (Update)

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:31 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:31:28 GMT
    Less than a week after Auburn University canceled classes due to a threatening message found on campus, the school has reported a bomb threat at the Haley Center, according to its Twitter account.More >>
    Less than a week after Auburn University canceled classes due to a threatening message found on campus, the school has reported a bomb threat at the Haley Center, according to its Twitter account.More >>
  • Alabama shutting down driver's license system for computer work

    Alabama shutting down driver's license system for computer work

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 12:12 PM EDT2014-04-22 16:12:57 GMT
    Alabama is shutting down it entire driver's license system later this month for computer work.More >>
    Alabama is shutting down it entire driver's license system later this month for computer work.
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  • Police search for suspect after woman shot in parking lot of mall

    Police search for suspect after woman shot in parking lot of mall

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 9:02 AM EDT2014-04-22 13:02:09 GMT
    Investigators process the crime scene in the parking lot of the Cumberland Mall in AtlantaInvestigators process the crime scene in the parking lot of the Cumberland Mall in Atlanta
    Police are searching for a suspect in Cobb County after witnesses say a woman was shot in the eye shortly after 3 pm Monday at the Cumberland Mall northwest of Atlanta. According to reports three shots were fired. The woman was shot at least one time. Police say a third shot was fired at a bystander who tried to help the woman in the parking lot outside Macy’s. Police say the shooting happened during some type of confrontation between the man and the woman. The gunman reportedly fled the ...More >>
    Police are searching for a suspect in Cobb County after witnesses say a woman was shot in the eye shortly after 3 pm Monday at the Cumberland Mall northwest of Atlanta. According to reports three shots were fired. The woman was shot at least one time. Police say a third shot was fired at a bystander who tried to help the woman in the parking lot outside Macy’s. Police say the shooting happened during some type of confrontation between the man and the woman. The gunman reportedly fled the ...More >>
  • AG wants to block evidence in Barron trial

    AG wants to block evidence in Barron trial

    AG wants to block evidence in Barron trial

    Monday, April 21 2014 3:58 PM EDT2014-04-21 19:58:01 GMT
    The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.One of the charges against Barron and former aide Jill Johnson accuse Barro...More >>
    The state attorney general's office is asking an appeals court to keep a former senator from presenting evidence at trial about how other candidates have spent their campaign funds.Attorney General Luther Strange's staff argues that a DeKalb County judge ruled incorrectly that former Sen. Lowell Barron could introduce evidence about how other candidates, including the attorney general, customarily spend campaign funds.One of the charges against Barron and former aide Jill Johnson accuse Barro...More >>
  • Governor Bentley awards $1.7 million for highway safety programs

    Governor Bentley awards $1.7 million for highway safety programs

    Monday, April 21 2014 10:28 AM EDT2014-04-21 14:28:30 GMT
    Governor. Robert Bentley has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to sustain programs that make Alabama roads safer, reducing injuries and fatalities. The state’s nine regional traffic safety offices and the Alabama Department of Public Safety will use the funds to conduct extra traffic safety patrols and checkpoints targeting speeding, seat belt violations and drunken driving during peak travel times throughout...More >>
    Governor. Robert Bentley has awarded more than $1.7 million in grants to sustain programs that make Alabama roads safer, reducing injuries and fatalities. The state’s nine regional traffic safety offices and the Alabama Department of Public Safety will use the funds to conduct extra traffic safety patrols and checkpoints targeting speeding, seat belt violations and drunken driving during peak travel times throughout...More >>
  • Gulf Shores teenager wanted for beach shooting turns himself in

    Gulf Shores teenager wanted for beach shooting turns himself in

    Monday, April 21 2014 9:27 AM EDT2014-04-21 13:27:05 GMT
    Jermaine Cungious, turned himself in after a shooting on a public beach in Gulf ShoresJermaine Cungious, turned himself in after a shooting on a public beach in Gulf Shores
    A teenager wanted in connection with an April 16 shooting on a public beach in Gulf Shores that wounded another teen has turned himself into police.Jermaine Cungious, 18, turned himself in to Gulf Shores Police Saturday afternoon and has been transferred to the Baldwin County Detention Center in Bay Minette. Cungious is charged with reckless endangerment and Assault 2nd degree.Investigators say the Bay Minette teenager is accused of shooting 18 year-old Tommie Jackson of Spanish Fort during ...More >>
    A teenager wanted in connection with an April 16 shooting on a public beach in Gulf Shores that wounded another teen has turned himself into police.Jermaine Cungious, 18, turned himself in to Gulf Shores Police Saturday afternoon and has been transferred to the Baldwin County Detention Center in Bay Minette. Cungious is charged with reckless endangerment and Assault 2nd degree.Investigators say the Bay Minette teenager is accused of shooting 18 year-old Tommie Jackson of Spanish Fort during ...More >>
  • Standoff at fireworks stand in Huntsville

    Standoff at fireworks stand in Huntsville

    Monday, April 21 2014 6:39 AM EDT2014-04-21 10:39:25 GMT
    Police say standoff happened after a man in the store threatened employees.More >>
    Police say standoff happened after a man in the store threatened employees.
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  • Local mom ready for Boston Marathon

    Local mom ready for Boston Marathon

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:57 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:57:02 GMT
    Birmingham - Runners are gearing up for the Boston Marathon Monday. Despite last year's bombings, there was a surge in entries for this year's race. ABC 33/40 caught up with a mother of four leaving Sunday to fulfill her dream. The images we won't forget. "It was just complete shock and just sadness that someone would use that platform to be destructive." Lisa Booher will be running in this year's Boston Marathon hoping to carry on a message that so many others also want to share. Booher says...More >>
    Birmingham - Runners are gearing up for the Boston Marathon Monday. Despite last year's bombings, there was a surge in entries for this year's race. ABC 33/40 caught up with a mother of four leaving Sunday to fulfill her dream. The images we won't forget. "It was just complete shock and just sadness that someone would use that platform to be destructive." Lisa Booher will be running in this year's Boston Marathon hoping to carry on a message that so many others also want to share. Booher says...More >>
  • Police believe former student is behind threat at UNA

    Police believe former student is behind threat at UNA

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:56 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:56:20 GMT
    University of North Alabama police say that 22-year-old Brian Mitchell of Madison, Alabama surrendered to police on Friday. Police say Mitchell is behind a message posted on social media site, Yik Yak,More >>
    University of North Alabama police say that 22-year-old from of Madison, Alabama surrendered to police on Friday.More >>
  • Civil War movie "Union" filming in Montevallo

    Civil War movie "Union" filming in Montevallo

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:54:35 GMT
    An independent film crew is in Montevallo this weekend to shoot scenes for an upcoming feature.The movie is titled "Union" and is about a "female" confederate soldier in the civil war.Whitney Hamilton wrote the screenplay. She said she wrote a play about a decade ago that told the story of Joan of Arc, and wanted to write another script about some female combatants from the United States.She researched the subject and learned more than 400 women disguised themselves as men during the Civil Wa...More >>
    An independent film crew is in Montevallo this weekend to shoot scenes for an upcoming feature.The movie is titled "Union" and is about a "female" confederate soldier in the civil war.Whitney Hamilton wrote the screenplay. She said she wrote a play about a decade ago that told the story of Joan of Arc, and wanted to write another script about some female combatants from the United States.She researched the subject and learned more than 400 women disguised themselves as men during the Civil Wa...More >>
  • UNA social media threat suspect turns himself in

    UNA social media threat suspect turns himself in

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:54:13 GMT
    One student turns himself into the University of North Alabama police after a threat on the social media app “yik yak”. Police say the online threat was aimed at the University.Brian Mitchell, 22, turned himself in and now faces terrorist threat charges. Police say Mitchell posted that he was going to "shoot up UNA". Police worked with "yik yak" to track Mitchell down, that's when he admitted that he posted the threat and stated he would turn himself in. Mitchell will now have to face the uni...More >>
    One student turns himself into the University of North Alabama police after a threat on the social media app “yik yak”. Police say the online threat was aimed at the University.Brian Mitchell, 22, turned himself in and now faces terrorist threat charges. Police say Mitchell posted that he was going to "shoot up UNA". Police worked with "yik yak" to track Mitchell down, that's when he admitted that he posted the threat and stated he would turn himself in. Mitchell will now have to face the uni...More >>
  • Deputy charged after shooting suspect

    Deputy charged after shooting suspect

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:42 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:42:21 GMT
    A Morgan County deputy has been charged with second-degree assault in connection with a shooting at a Huntsville Wal-Mart. Huntsville Police say Deputy Brian Fulford was off duty Tuesday and shopping atMore >>
    Deputy charged after shooting suspect at Wal-Mart.More >>
  • Families in Pelham face Easter weekend cleanup from floods

    Families in Pelham face Easter weekend cleanup from floods

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:35:02 GMT
    While many families will celebrate Easter weekend, it's another cleanup weekend for people in Pelham. They're still waiting on checks from FEMA before they can begin repairs and in the meantime, are stuckMore >>
    While many families will celebrate Easter weekend, it's another cleanup weekend for people in Pelham.More >>
  • Parents, students react to loaded gun found at school

    Parents, students react to loaded gun found at school

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:03:35 GMT
    Parents and students panic at Center Point Elementary after learning a loaded 22-caliber revolver was found inside a classroom Thursday. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says two students were suspended,More >>
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  • Covington County Deputy dies In wreck

    Covington County Deputy dies In wreck

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:49 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:49:20 GMT
    A two-vehicle collision has claimed the life of a Covington County deputy who was responding to another accident. State troopers say Deputy Heath Kelly was pronounced dead at an Andalusia hospital followingMore >>
    A two-vehicle collision has claimed the life of a Covington County deputy who was responding to another accident.More >>
  • 67-year-old man killed in Carbon Hill Thursday

    67-year-old man killed in Carbon Hill Thursday

    Friday, April 18 2014 6:27 PM EDT2014-04-18 22:27:09 GMT
    A 67-year-old man was shot and killed in Carbon Hill Thursday, and investigators need information on who may have taken his life. Police found Morris Gene Ervin unresponsive in his house around 9:30 pm.More >>
    A 67-year-old man was shot and killed in Carbon Hill Thursday, and investigators need information on who may have taken his life.

     
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  • Hoover Police arrest Georgia murder suspect

    Hoover Police arrest Georgia murder suspect

    Friday, April 18 2014 3:14 PM EDT2014-04-18 19:14:29 GMT
    Hoover Police Patrol and Special Response Team (SRT) officers arrested a suspect wanted by the Union City, GA. Police Department for murder. The suspect was taken into custody without incident shortlyMore >>
    Hoover Police Patrol and Special Response Team (SRT) officers arrested a suspect wanted by the Union City, GA. Police Department for murder.  The suspect was taken into custody in the Ross Bridge area.
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  • Highway shooting suspect in custody in Kansas City

    Highway shooting suspect in custody in Kansas City

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:59 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:59:51 GMT
    Authorities believe the man responsible for recent highway shootings in the Kansas City area is in their custody. Police held a brief news conference Thursday announcing they had arrested a suspect butMore >>
    A suspect has been taken into custody after an investigation into random highway shootings in the Kansas City area.More >>
  • Fridays To Go - April 18 thru April 20

    Fridays To Go - April 18 thru April 20

    Friday, April 18 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-04-18 12:42:56 GMT
    Fridays to GoApril 18 - April 22Bowl-a-paloozaFriday, April 186:30 - 9:30 p.m.Brunswick Lanes 280Tickets: $153 hours unlimited bowling, free shoe rentals, unlimited soft drinksEaster Egg HuntsFriday, AprilMore >>
    Fridays to GoApril 18 - April 22Bowl-a-paloozaFriday, April 186:30 - 9:30 p.m.Brunswick Lanes 280Tickets: $153 hours unlimited bowling, free shoe rentals, unlimited soft drinksEaster Egg HuntsFriday, AprilMore >>
  • Hamilton Softball team remembers Callie McNeill

    Hamilton Softball team remembers Callie McNeill

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:25 AM EDT2014-04-18 11:25:39 GMT
    Students at Hamilton high school can relate all too well to the don't text and drive campaign. One of their classmates died last summer while texting and driving. Students and staff members at the schoolMore >>
    Students at Hamilton high school can relate all too well to the don't text and drive campaign. One of their classmates died last summer while texting and driving. Students and staff members at the schoolMore >>
  • AEA fighting tax credits in court & on ballots

    AEA fighting tax credits in court & on ballots

    Thursday, April 17 2014 5:14 PM EDT2014-04-17 21:14:46 GMT
    The state teachers' organization is fighting private school tax credits in court and the architect of the tax credits at the ballot box. The Alabama Education Association's political action committee filedMore >>
    State teachers' union stages multi-pronged fight over Alabama Accountability Act.More >>
  • Bomb threat reported in downtown Montevallo (Update)

    Bomb threat reported in downtown Montevallo (Update)

    Thursday, April 17 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-04-17 15:12:51 GMT
    MONTEVALLO, Ala. -- A bomb threat has been reported at the University of Montevallo Wednesday night, forcing authorities to evacuate several of the city's downtown blocks while they investigate.The threatMore >>
    The University of Montevallo said around 8:30 p.m. that the bomb threat made against the city earlier in the night has been resolved without injury, and the downtown area has been deemed safe again.More >>
  • A single car wreck claims the life of a Titus man

    A single car wreck claims the life of a Titus man

    Thursday, April 17 2014 9:10 AM EDT2014-04-17 13:10:42 GMT
    A single-vehicle crash Wednesday evening, claimed the life of a Titus man. James Roberts, 42, was killed when the truck he was driving left the roadway, collided with a bridge and overturned. AccordingMore >>
    A Titus man is killed in a car wreck 17 miles North of Wetumpka.More >>
  • Students face discipline after releasing pepper spray at school

    Students face discipline after releasing pepper spray at school

    Thursday, April 17 2014 8:42 AM EDT2014-04-17 12:42:10 GMT
    Police and school officials are looking into what punishment should be handed down against three students that they say took turns releasing pepper spray in school. Police in Douglasville, Ga. say 75 to 100More >>
    Three high school students are facing disciplinary action after discharging a can of pepper spray in school causing a building to be evacuated and dozens of students to be checked by paramedics.More >>
  • Students, police react to alleged threat at Auburn University

    Students, police react to alleged threat at Auburn University

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 11:32 PM EDT2014-04-17 03:32:40 GMT
    Heightened anxiety over an alleged threat at Auburn University lead to the cancellation of classes and normal operations on the campus Wednesday. Auburn Police Chief Paul Register says his departmentMore >>
    Heightened anxiety over an alleged threat at Auburn University lead to the cancellation of classes and normal operations on the campus Wednesday. Auburn Police Chief Paul Register says his departmentMore >>
  • Judge delays trial over Victoryland casino raid

    Judge delays trial over Victoryland casino raid

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:28:31 GMT
    A judge has delayed a trial over whether the state government can keep the cash and destroy the gambling machines seized in a raid of VictoryLand casino in Macon County. Circuit Judge William Shashy hadMore >>
    A judge has delayed a trial over whether the state government can keep the cash and destroy the gambling machines seized in a raid of VictoryLand casino in Macon County. Circuit Judge William Shashy hadMore >>
  • Alabama joins initiative to educate investors

    Alabama joins initiative to educate investors

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 9:20 PM EDT2014-04-17 01:20:07 GMT
    The Alabama Securities Commission has announced that it is taking part in a national grass-roots investor education campaign to help provide Alabamians with the information they need to make wise financialMore >>
    The Alabama Securities Commission has announced that it is taking part in a national grass-roots investor education campaign to help provide Alabamians with the information they need to make wise financialMore >>
  • Auburn University cancels Wednesday classes because of threat on campus (Update)

    Auburn University cancels Wednesday classes because of threat on campus

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 5:28 PM EDT2014-04-16 21:28:09 GMT
    Siting student/parent anxiety, Auburn University has canceled Wednesday classes.  Police say the threat to the campus is not substantiated.  There is an increased police presence on campus.The officialMore >>
    Auburn University has canceled Wednesday classes due to a campus wide threat.More >>
  • Mass threat under investigation at Auburn University

    Mass threat under investigation at Auburn University

    Wednesday, April 16 2014 12:30 AM EDT2014-04-16 04:30:11 GMT
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    The City of Auburn Police Department is investigating a mass shooting threat.A photo of the written threat is circulating on social media. Police say the note was found inside a building on campus. AuburnMore >>
    Photo of threat circulating social media.More >>
  • Gov. Bentley signs education budget without teacher raise

    Gov. Bentley signs education budget without teacher raise

    Friday, April 11 2014 11:14 AM EDT2014-04-11 15:14:47 GMT
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - After clashing with legislators over the issue of a teacher pay raise, Gov. Robert Bentley is ready to say if will sign the education budget for the next fiscal year. If BentleyMore >>
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - After clashing with legislators over the issue of a teacher pay raise, Gov. Robert Bentley is ready to say if will sign the education budget for the next fiscal year. If BentleyMore >>
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  • Alabama schools Superintendent Tommy Bice discusses meeting with Hoover school leaders over bus fees

    Alabama schools Superintendent Tommy Bice discusses meeting with Hoover school leaders over bus fees

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-04-23 21:35:04 GMT
    Alabama schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy BIce said he had a "productive meeting" with Hoover City School Superintendent Andy Craig (pictured) on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (abc3340.com)Alabama schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy BIce said he had a "productive meeting" with Hoover City School Superintendent Andy Craig (pictured) on Wednesday, April 23, 2014. (abc3340.com)
    Alabama schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice met with Hoover City School leaders Wednesday, and he released a statement afterwards clarifying his position on the school system following its recent approval of school bus fees.More >>
    Alabama schools Superintendent Dr. Tommy Bice met with Hoover City School leaders Wednesday, and he released a statement afterwards clarifying his position on the school system following its recent approval of school bus fees.More >>
  • Birmingham Public Library central location changing hours

    Birmingham Public Library central location changing hours

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:45 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:45:46 GMT
    Staff members decided to reduce hours until the air conditioner can be fixed.More >>
    Staff members decided to reduce hours until the air conditioner can be fixed.More >>
  • HBCU's vital in educating African Americans, students and administrators say

    HBCU's vital in educating African Americans, students and administrators say

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 4:31 PM EDT2014-04-23 20:31:31 GMT
    Administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities say these institutions are vital now as they were decades ago. Dr. George T. French, President of Miles College, explains the impact HBCU's have on the nation's African American students."...HBCU's only account for 4 percent of all higher education institutions, yet we graduate 25 percent of all bachelors, 40 percent of all masters, and 50 percent of all doctorates that are earned and awarded in this nation," he said.Colleges and ...More >>
    Administrators at Historically Black Colleges and Universities say these institutions are vital now as they were decades ago. Dr. George T. French, President of Miles College, explains the impact HBCU's have on the nation's African American students."...HBCU's only account for 4 percent of all higher education institutions, yet we graduate 25 percent of all bachelors, 40 percent of all masters, and 50 percent of all doctorates that are earned and awarded in this nation," he said.Colleges and ...More >>
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