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Earl Gregg Swem Library

White House Unveils America’s College Promise Proposal: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Prices/Inflation

Fact sheet with details of presidential proposal that qualifying students would be eligible to receive two years of community college instruction at no cost.  From the White House


The Cost of Iraq, Afghanistan, and other Global War on Terror Operations Since 9/11

Categories: Afghanistan,Defense/Military,Govt Finance,Headlines,Iraq,Terrorism

Reveals that the U.S. has spent $1.6 trillion on anti-terror military operations since the 9/11 attacks.  Provides detailed tabulations of funding by agency, operation and fiscal year.  Also includes a monthly listing of U.S. troop levels in Afghanistan and Iraq.  From the Congressional Research Service, posted by the Federation of American Scientists


Florida Passes New York to Become the Nation’s Third Most Populous State

Categories: Headlines,Population/Census,Statistics

Agency press release which includes ten most populous states, ten fastest growing states, and the ten states with the largest numeric increase (Virginia is 10) from July 2013 to July 2014.  From the Census Bureau


Statement on FDA’s Blood Donor Deferral Policy for Men Who Have Sex with Men

Categories: Headlines,Health/Medical,Sex Issues

Announces agency change of policy for blood donations from gay men from indefinite deferral to one year since last sexual contact.  From the Food and Drug Administration


FBI Releases Expanded Crime Statistics for 2013

Categories: Crime/Justice,Headlines,Statistics

Provides expanded data on more than 4.9 million crime incidents in 2013.  Compiled from the National Incident-Based Reporting System which collects detailed information about each crime including victims, arrestees, relationships between victims and offenders, and more.  From the Federal Bureau of Investigation.


A New System of College Ratings: Invitation to Comment

Categories: Education-Higher,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Proposed system for rating the quality of colleges according to criteria of access, affordability, and student outcomes.  Also includes an explanation of the characteristics and purposes of the proposed ratings system.  From the U.S. Department of Education


2014 Final Rule: Disposal of Coal Combustion Residuals from Electric Utilities

Categories: Consumer Info/Protection,Energy,Environment,Headlines,Laws/Regulations

Text of the first federal regulation providing for the safe disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants.  The final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions.  From the Environmental Protection Agency


United States Secret Service Protective Mission Panel

Categories: Govt/Business Scandals,Headlines,Homeland Security

Executive summary of the report of an independent panel created to offer recommendations for improving the performance of the U.S. Secret Service.  Full report is classified but summary includes recommendations to provide stronger leadership from outside the Secret Service, make the White House fence taller and less scalable, and add more officers to the force.  From the Mission Panel


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