Quick Takes: Flooding Closes Northeast Oklahoma A

July 6, 2007
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College was forced to cancel classes all week because portions of its campus are under water as a result of the flooding of the Neosho River. College officials hope to resume the summer session on Monday, but damage to some buildings has been significant. No cost estimates of damage are available. The college has posted photographs showing some of the impact to the campus.
  • About 35 students in California are on a hunger strike to ask Congress -- which refused to pass an immigration reform bill -- to pass a portion of the bill that would create a path to citizenship for those who came to the United States without documentation as children and then pursued an education, the Associated Press reported.
  • Legislators in New Mexico are raising questions about the way the University of New Mexico is paying parts of the salaries of two senior officials in the administration of Gov. Bill Richardson, and New Mexico State is paying part of the salary of a third senior official, The Albuquerque Journal reported. Richardson is a Democrat who is seeking his party's presidential nomination, but the newspaper reported that the concerns are bipartisan.
  • The British government announced a major expansion of student aid on Thursday, with the family income level for receiving full support for a university education increasing from $35,000 to $50,000. Grants were also increased for those in higher income levels. In addition, student borrowers will be able to have up to five years of "repayment holidays" to delay repayment during periods of time when they face other financial pressures.
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