Missouri School District to Have 4-day School Weeks

WARSAW, MO (AP) — A Missouri school district has adopted a four-day school week schedule. Warsaw R-IX School District students now attend class Tuesday through Friday, the Sedalia Democrat reported . The Board of Education voted in March to switch to the new schedule. The district hopes to increase instructional time and student attendance, said Superintendent Dr.…

Florence Pours on the Rain in the Carolinas; Death Toll at 5

NEW BERN, NC (AP) — Thousands of people living near North Carolina’s rising rivers were ordered evacuated Saturday as hurricane-turned-tropical storm Florence practically parked itself over land and poured on the rain Saturday, raising fears that the state could be in for the most destructive flooding in its history. The death toll climbed to at…

Typhoon Kills 12 in Philippines, Heads to Southern China

TUGUEGARAO, Philippines (AP) — Typhoon Mangkhut lashed the northern Philippines with destructive winds and heavy rain that set off landslides and destroyed homes on Saturday, leaving at least 12 people dead, as Hong Kong and other parts of southern China braced for the powerful storm. The most ferocious typhoon to hit the disaster-prone Philippines this…

Rauner’s Reluctant Embrace of Trump a Re-Election Tightrope

SPRINGFIELD, IL (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was campaigning against states regulating student-loan companies when she called her friend, Gov. Bruce Rauner, in August 2017. Two weeks later, the Republican governor vetoed legislation creating protections for students taking out federal loans . In language that echoes President Donald Trump’s education chief in her continuing crusade against…

Illinois Employers More Open to Hiring People With Felonies

CHICAGO, IL (AP) — Opportunities long closed to Illinois residents with criminal records are beginning to open as employers seek new sources of talent and lawmakers bet that gainful employment will reduce recidivism. Illinois lawmakers have changed licensing laws to make at least 100 occupations more accessible to people with a criminal background. The state…