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13 October
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UH to close College of Education building due to unsafe, unsanitary conditions

MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) –

University officials confirm that after Thursday, classes will no longer be held in Building 1 on UHs College of Education campus. This comes less than 24 hours after Hawaii News Now exposed what faculty said were unsafe and unhealthy conditions.

For the second time this year, House of Representatives Higher Education Committee chair Isaac Choy paid a visit to U-Hs College of Education.

I came here in January. I didnt realize at that particular time there were any health and safety concerns, said Rep Choy.

On Monday, Hawaii News Now cameras captured disturbing video. It showed chunks of ceiling that collapsed in classrooms. There was rat feces on the floor, shelves and inside drawers. The only womens bathroom had been closed because of safety concerns.

Weve asked for help for years. For the university to do something about the quality of the facility here. We havent received any help, said College of Education Budget and Facilities chair Christine Sorensen Irvine.

After the video aired Tuesday night, the university made the announcement that as of Friday, classes will no longer be held in Building One.

Nobody, no instructor, no student should have to undergo the kinds of conditions they have there, said Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom.

Slom says university officials need to be held accountable. Last year the legislature granted UH systems a total of $44-million for capital improvement projects. $26-million went to the Manoa campus. The university got to pick which projects it wanted to fund.

Its not a question of money. Its a question of how you use the resources, its a question of leadership, said Slom.

University President David Lassner says the level of funding has been inadequate. He added right now the university needs more than $400-million to catch up on needed upgrades and renovations. He says hes willing to raise tuition to cover the costs.

Over the past couple decades the university has been requesting money from the legislature and hasnt received it. In fact in general has not received enough to keep up with all the needed repairs and maintenance, said Lassner.

Lawmakers are leery of tying tuition to repairs saying they want to keep a close eye on the spending.

I am very curious to find out if there are other situations on any of the other 10 or 11 campuses now in the university system, said Choy.

University officials say they want to demolish Building One and the facility beside it. Theyre going to ask the Governor for $670,000 to do it. His office will get that request October 15.

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13 October
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N.C. Chamber names chair of new legal policy institute

The NC Chamber of Commerce has tapped Smith Anderson Law Firm partner Christopher Smith to serve as chairman of its newly established Legal Institute, which aims to monitor and weigh in on potential changes to the state’s legal system.

The organization says it will publish nonpartisan analysis of the state’s legal environment that identifies potential business-friendly improvements. In addition, the institute will file briefs in cases that have the potential to affect the business the community.

13 October
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8 Best Xbox One Games Every Gamer Should Have

The release of remasters has slowed, as developers move past their courtship with Microsofts latest gaming console and get the Xbox One to do things they couldnt coax at first. This isnt the last call for current-gen holdouts, but the Xbox Ones library of games now includes some spectacular options. Weve rounded up eight of the best.

This list will include a few remasters and several multiplats besides the Xbox One exclusivewere not that far into the consoles life yet. The roundup will skip ranking and will just lop the top eight into an arbitrary bundle of the best of the crop. Alright, on with it:

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain (Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3, PC)

13 October
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Zacks Short Term Rating on Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC)

Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) has received a hold rating for the short term, according to the latest rank of 3 from research firm, Zacks. The shares could manage an average rating of 2.76 from 17 analysts. 2 analysts rated it as strong sell. 4 market experts have marked it as a strong buy. 11 analysts have rated the company at hold.

Norfolk Souther Corporation (NYSE:NSC) stock has received a short term price target of $ 92.69 from 13 Analyst. The share price can be expected to fluctuate from the mean short term target, can be seen from the standard deviation reading of $12.58. The higher estimate of target price is $118 , while the lower price target estimate is $75

Norfolk Southern Corporation has dropped 4.48% during the last 3-month period . Year-to-Date the stock performance stands at -24.11%. Shares of Norfolk Southern Corporation rose by 6.28% in the last five trading days and 3.19% for the last 4 weeks.

12 October
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Diploma Plus program aims to give more KCK students shot at college

KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The Kansas City, Kansas School district is fighting to keep a program aimed at giving high school students a shot at college. The district is hoping to better prepare students for college and careers with its Diploma Plus program.

Being able to take some of the college classes that I need now, it will help me financially, so it won`t take as long as it would if I went in without having any college credits at all, said Aunjnae White, a senior at Wyandotte High School.

White is one of many students participating in the program. She wants to go to medical school and become a cardiologist, so she says this program will help her.

The class of 2021, which is last year`s sixth graders, when they graduate, they will have a requirement – not only will they need a high school diploma, which of course, every kid needs to graduate, said David Smith, the spokesman for the Kansas City, Kansas, School District. We`re going to expect one of three things in addition to that.

Smith says in order to graduate each student will be expected to have at least one year of college completed, some kind of technical degree or credential, or at least a 21 on the ACT.

Having some college paid for when you`re growing up in poverty helps makes college that much more accessible, Smith added. Having a technical degree or credential means they can access a job that`s more than minimum wage.

Smith says this will open the door to scholarships and give students a real shot.

Colleges are coming and saying, you based on your grades and your ACT scores, qualify for admission and this much money and we`re willing to commit to that now, you`ve got to complete the year and finish strong, but if you do that, here`s money that`s going to be available for you, Smith says.

I think that`s sort of the motivation to help you, White added.

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12 October
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Zacks Short Term Rating on Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE:MHR)

Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE:MHR) has received a hold rating for the short term, according to the latest rank of 3 from research firm, Zacks. The shares could manage an average rating of 2.6 from 10 analysts. 2 analysts rated it as strong sell. 3 market experts have marked it as a strong buy. 2 analysts recommended buying the shares. 3 analysts have rated the company at hold.

Magnum Hunter Resources Corporation (NYSE:MHR) should head towards $2.5 per share according to 7 Analysts in consensus. However, if the road gets shaky, the stock may fall short to $1 per share. The higher price estimate target is at $5 according to the Analysts.

Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. has dropped 62.54% during the last 3-month period . Year-to-Date the stock performance stands at -81.27%. Shares of Magnum Hunter Resources Corp. appreciated by 72.97% during the last five trading days but lost 19.44% on a 4-week basis.

12 October
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Zacks Short Term Rating on CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS)

CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) has received a hold rating for the short term, according to the latest rank of 3 from research firm, Zacks. The company received an average rating of 1.36 from 18 analysts. 13 have rated it as a strong buy. 3 analysts recommended buying the shares. 2 analysts have rated the company at hold.

CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS): 17 Analyst have given the stock of CVS Health Corporation (NYSE:CVS) a near short term price target of $118.47. The standard deviation reading, which is a measure by which the stock price is expected to swing away from the mean estimate, is at $8.71. The higher price target estimate is at $132 while the lower price estimates are fixed at $93.

CVS Health Corporation has dropped 4.13% during the last 3-month period . Year-to-Date the stock performance stands at 5.95%. Shares of CVS Health Corporation appreciated by 4.7% during the last five trading days but lost 1.11% on a 4-week basis.

11 October
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Consumer advocates want class actions restored as legal remedy

Many bank, credit card and other financial contracts consumers sign contain clauses that mandate arbitration to resolve future disputes.

Those clauses also often contain language that prevents consumers from joining together to make their case, something the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, or CFPB, wants to change.

Very few consumers are seeking relief individually. Consumers should be able to band together, said CFPB director Richard Cordray at a field hearing held at the Colorado History Museum in Denver on Wednesday.

Most financial disputes involve small dollar amounts, making it tougher for a single consumer to justify spending the resources needed to challenge practices that might be harming thousands of others, he said.

In March, the CFPB completed a three-year study of arbitration clauses and issued a 728-page report required by the Dodd-Frank Act.

The CFPB doesnt want arbitration clauses eliminated but wants to ensure that consumers can act collectively to protect their legal rights if necessary.

In the past two decades, arbitration clauses, long part of business contracts, have increasingly made their way into consumer agreements, where critics argue the balance of power is more lopsided.

For far too long, big banks and other financial service industry players have used secret and unfair contract terms to avoid accountability and deny consumers their day in court, said Ira Rheingold, executive director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, a participant on the panel in Denver.

11 October
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Ten games will determine Sprong’s place with Penguins

A quick skim of the Penguins schedule brings the eye to the 10th game of the season Oct. 29 against the Buffalo Sabres.

Notable? For Daniel Sprong it is.

Sprong might still be on the Penguins roster by then. Or, he could be squeezed into a seat on a cramped bus somewhere in Canada, back with his junior team.

Hes not getting ahead of himself right now.

Thursday, at the age of 18, Sprong is expected to make his NHL debut against the Dallas Stars after an exceptional preseason forced the franchise to fork over a roster spot. He has nine games before his entry-level contract kicks in.

The first step was to make the team, Sprong said Sunday after a workout at Consol Energy Center. I was pretty happy to get the call and get the good news. Its not over yet. Ive got to keep earning my spot and keep playing well.

Sprong is expected to skate on the teams fourth line with veteran center Matt Cullen and winger Beau Bennett, making an unusually skilled trio for a fourth line.