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Inside the secret tests of Stephen Colbert's 'Late Show'

Business News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:52
Most of us won't see Stephen Colbert's "Late Show" for another week, but several hundred people have already watched him quiz guests and try out material.









Congressman frightens elementary school kids with talk of suicide bombers

CNN - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:49
It started out as a visit from the local congressman to talk to elementary school kids about how a bill becomes a law, but after the conversation turned to school-age suicide bombers, Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon had to explain himself to upset parents.









Categories: National News

ACLU wants Kentucky clerk in contempt of court over denying gay marriage licenses

CNN - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:37
The ACLU of Kentucky filed a motion in federal court Tuesday asking a judge to hold county clerk Kim Davis in contempt of court for failing to comply with the Supreme Court and issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.









Categories: National News

Obama condemns climate change deniers

CNN - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:37
Seeking to lend urgency to his climate agenda, President Barack Obama warned Monday that even ramped-up efforts to curb emissions were being outpaced by the effects of a warming planet.









Categories: National News

Take that Donald Trump? People love Ford cars

Business News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:35
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Turkish court charges Vice News reporters with terror offense

CNN World - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 13:35
A Turkish court has charged two Vice News journalists and their "fixer" with a terrorism offense, several days after they were detained in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, a heavily Kurdish area.









Categories: International News

Oil price wars: Russia hints at squeeze in production

Business News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:40
Russian oil producers are getting squeezed.









University-based education research center celebrates 50 years

MSU News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:23

Contact: Anne Hierholzer

STARKVILLE, Miss.—This month, the Research and Curriculum Unit at Mississippi State will mark a half-century of service to the state.

Housed since 1999 under the university’s Office of Research and Economic Development, the RCU is part of the land-grant institution’s mission to help improve the lives of Mississippians through research, innovation and other areas of public education.

The organization’s professional staff focuses on career and technical education that trains secondary and postsecondary students for careers in high-demand industries.

“The RCU has an established track record of working with educators to improve public education in Mississippi,” said David Shaw, MSU vice president for research and economic development.

“They are to be commended for their decades of service to the students of Mississippi, and I look forward to their many accomplishments in the years to come,” Shaw said.

The RCU traces its history back to 1963 and congressional passage of the Vocational Education Act that many regard as a primary impetus for reawakening interest throughout the U.S. in what was then called vocational education.

With an emphasis on learning that leads to employability, the then-Research Coordinating Unit for Vocational-Technical Education was established 1965. After three years of wide-ranging discussions with educational leaders at all levels, leaders and staff members of the unit began writing new curricula for Mississippi’s career and technical education programs.

During succeeding decades, the RCU concentrated on addressing a theory-practice gap by linking research results with curriculum development. During this time, it also developed customized training programs for emerging areas of industry and implemented a training program for new CTE teachers who were skilled in their fields but often lacked a traditional teaching background.

In 2001, a grant from the Mississippi Department of Education enabled a unit assessment team to begin overseeing statewide assessments for secondary and postsecondary CTE students. The team since has developed, administered and reported on all state secondary and postsecondary assessments in that academic field.

“We at MDE strongly value our longstanding partnership with the RCU, and we congratulate them on their 50 years of service to our state,” said Mike Mulvihill, the Mississippi Department of Education’s career and technical education director.

“We look forward to continuing our work with them to bring innovation and rigor to our state CTE programs,” he added.

RCU director Julie Jordan said her organization also has collaborated with other state agencies and regional organizations on numerous programs and initiatives over the years. She noted that the RCU broadened its longstanding partnership with MDE in 2013 to encompass training, evaluation and research across a variety of public education initiatives.

While the RCU maintains a core focus on CTE curriculum, assessment and professional development, Jordan said it has expanded into such areas as innovative school models, statewide educator-evaluation models and performance-based compensation.

“Since our founding in 1965, the RCU has come a long way,” she said. “Our work to expand and improve CTE education in Mississippi is ongoing, and we continue to collaborate with educators and leaders across the state to bring innovation to public education.”

She and the staff are “proud of all we have accomplished, and we continue our mission to ensure that every Mississippi student graduates ready for college, career, and life,” Jordan emphasized.

For more information on the RCU, visit www.rcu.msstate.edu.

MSU is Mississippi’s flagship research university, available online at www.msstate.edu.

 

 

Olympic wrestlers beware, Sudan's fighting giants are coming

CNN World - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 12:14
The walls are lined with spectators as the sun hangs low in the sky. It is 5.30pm on a Friday at the wrestling arena in Hajj Yousif, Khartoum, Sudan and the air is thick with anticipation as two wrestlers circle one another at the center of the sand-filled ring -- bowed forward, with their eyes locked and foreheads just millimeters from touching.









Categories: International News

Crude oil prices dive 7%

Business News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:56
Oil prices continued on their wild roller coaster ride Tuesday, as weak Chinese manufacturing data sent prices tumbling lower.









Blood moon has some expecting end of the world

CNN - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:53
There will be blood in September -- literally, according to the Internet postings of end-times believers.









Categories: National News

Nest unveils sleek new smart thermostat

Business News - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:53
Nest's popular Learning Thermostat has gotten a facelift.









"Dawg Talk" with Dan Mullen Makes Season Debut 7 p.m. Thursday

Bulldog Beat - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:51
STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State's popular "Dawg Talk" radio show featuring head football coach Dan Mullen makes its 2015 season debut at 7 p.m. Thursday from the Dawg House Sports Grill in downtown Starkville.

EXCLUSIVE: Petraeus explains how jihadists could be peeled away to fight ISIS -- and Assad

CNN World - Tue, 09/01/2015 - 11:49
It was an arresting headline in The Daily Beast on Monday: "Petraeus: Use al Qaeda to fight ISIS." The report didn't quote retired Gen. David Petraeus directly, but suggested he had told associates that he supports using "so-called moderate members of al Qaeda's Nusra Front to fight ISIS in Syria."









Categories: International News

 

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