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From NPR: Much of the money given through Pell Grants is going to students who never graduate. The group these grants serve is also drastically changing. Students aren’t just fresh-faced high school grads anymore. They’re adults who have lost their jobs and are trying to improve their chances of getting a job by furthering their education.

Kentucky: Paducah’s Downtown Farmer’s Market looks like it will have far fewer vendors this year due to a liability insurance requirement.

Tennessee: A proposal to allow teachers with prior law enforcement experience to carry guns in schools has passed both state House and Senate committees. A bill that would create a special panel to authorize charter schools has stalled in the Senate, and another banning cameras in polling places has been withdrawn in the House.

Illinois: State House Minority Leader Tom Cross won’t say if he would vote for legalizing gay marriage.

Whitney grew up listening to Car Talk to and from her family’s beach vacation each year, but it wasn’t until a friend introduced her to This American Life that radio really grabbed her attention. She is a recent graduate from Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she studied journalism. When she’s not at WKMS, you can find her working on her backyard compost pile and garden, getting lost on her bicycle or crocheting one massive blanket.
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