Valley City State University, Valley City, N.D., earned the No. 2 spot among the top public baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest in the 2010 edition of America’s Best Colleges by U.S. News Media Group. This marks the 12th year in a row that VCSU has been included in the U.S. News “Best Colleges” rankings, and is an improvement over its No. 4 ranking last year. VCSU is the highest ranked college in North Dakota or Minnesota in this category.
Jamestown College is again North Dakota’s only school ranked in the Top Tier by U.S. News and World Report in its “Best Colleges 2010” edition.
In rankings released Aug. 20, Jamestown College is among the top 47 baccalaureate colleges in the Midwest. For the third consecutive year, Jamestown College stands alone as the only North Dakota college or university to reach this distinctive “Top Tier” recognition. The announcement comes just as new students arrive on campus to begin their Jamestown College Journey to Success.
There is no easy fix.
Medicare and Social Security will go broke sooner rather than later because of the recession. With millions of baby boomers beginning to leave the work force, the cost of these popular benefit programs threatens to swamp the government in debt in the coming years if nothing is done.
Congress and the White House are under increasing pressure to find a solution.
By Tom Raum, The Associated Press
, May 25, 2009
House Democrats are crafting a plan that would require all Americans to carry health insurance and would help families making less than $88,000 pay the premiums. Employers, too, would have to help foot the bill.
It’s the latest development in President Barack Obama’s push to fix the ailing U.S. health care system by getting the government more deeply involved.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Erica Werner, The Associated Press
, May 15, 2009
The Public Health Laboratory in Pierre will now be able to do final confirmation testing for swine flu, also known as H1N1.
Until now, specimens thought to be the flu were sent to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for confirmation.
Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem wants a fresh review of a federal appeals court ruling that he believes would give local government officials the right to violate North Dakota’s open meetings law.
“This opinion says that there is a First Amendment right for elected officials to meet in secret,” Stenehjem said Wednesday. “Of course, that would have serious implications for states like North Dakota that have statutes that provide otherwise.”
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, May 14, 2009
Social Security and Medicare are fading even faster under the weight of the recession, heading for insolvency years sooner than previously expected, the government warned Tuesday.
Medicare already is paying out more money than it receives, something that happened for the first time last year. And Social Security will be by 2016, a year sooner than had been projected, the trustees’ annual report said.
By Stephen Ohlemacher, The Associated Press
, May 13, 2009
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