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UW-Madison to offer free tuition to middle-class students

U of Wisconsin Madison offer free tuition to lower/middle class students The University of Wisconsin-Madison unveiled plans Friday to waive four years of college tuition and fees for incoming lower-middle-class freshmen.

The program, called "Bucky's Tuition Promise," will cover students whose family income is no greater than $56,000, roughly the average household income in Wisconsin, the university said in a news release. Transfer students who qualify will also receive two years of free tuition and fees.


Former Cato employees describe years of harassment

Cato employees describe years of sexual harassment

Three former employees of the famed Cato Institute say they were sexually harassed by Ed Crane, the 73-year-old co-founder and president emeritus of the think tank and one of the most recognizable figures in the libertarian movement.

One former employee said Crane asked her to take off her bra. Another said he compared her breasts to pornographic images on his computer. A third said he sent her an email on breast augmentation. Crane also settled an additional sexual harassment claim by a former employee in 2012, her lawyer confirmed to POLITICO.


Cornell fraternity under fire for 'pig roast' sex contest

Zeta Beta Tau at Cornell under fire for 'pig roast' sex contest

Cornell University's Zeta Beta Tau fraternity is on probation after university officials were made aware of a sex contest some fraternity members were conducting called the "pig roast."

An investigation that concluded in January found that fraternity members held a contest where new members were encouraged to accumulate "points" by sleeping with women. If members tied, the winner was chosen by whoever had sex with a woman who weighed the most.


Lawsuit filed over Arkansas' revamped voter ID law

Lawsuit over Arkansas voter ID lawAn Arkansas resident asked a judge Wednesday to strike down a new state law requiring voters show photo identification before casting a ballot, arguing the measure causes the same problems as a nearly identical state voter ID law struck down four years ago.

The lawsuit filed in Pulaski County Circuit Court is challenging the measure's constitutionality ahead of its first enforcement statewide in Arkansas' May 22 primary. Early voting for the primary is set to begin May 7.


Musk Sends Tesla to Space as World's Most Powerful Rocket

Musk rocketSpaceX launched its new Falcon Heavy rocket for the first time, a major milestone in the company’s quest to grow its customer base and fund Elon Musk’s vision of making life multiplanetary.

With hordes of fans gathered along the Florida space coast and millions watching on SpaceX’s webcast, the new rocket rumbled aloft shortly after 3:45 p.m. local time Tuesday. It cleared the launch pad without blowing up -- a feat Musk had said would be enough to deem the mission a win -- and continued on to deliver the chief executive officer’s cherry red Tesla Roadster toward an Earth-Mars elliptical orbit around the sun.



John Mahoney of 'Frasier' fame dies at 77

John Mahoney dies at 77John Mahoney, a veteran character actor best known for playing the curmudgeonly dog-loving father of the title character in TV's "Frasier," has died, his publicist said Monday.
He was 77 years old.
Mahoney, who played Martin Crane, father of Frasier Crane and Niles Crane, on the long-running sitcom, died Sunday in Chicago after a short illness, according to Wendy Morris.

Alabama sues OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma over opioid epidemic

Alabama sues opioid manufacturerAlabama on Tuesday became the latest state to file a lawsuit accusing OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma LP of fueling the opioid epidemic by deceptively marketing prescription painkillers to generate billions of dollars in sales.

The lawsuit said that as Purdue reaped significant profits, Alabama suffered significant costs as a result of a public health crisis that had led to hundreds of deaths in the state each year due to opioid overdoses.

“It will take years to undo the damage but an important first step we must take is to hold the parties responsible for this epidemic legally liable for the destruction they have unleashed upon our citizens,” Marshall said in a statement.


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