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1. AK: Task force urges Legislature to create state scholarship account
FAIRBANKS, Alaska — A task force on Thursday asked the Legislature to create a new state scholarship account and include provisions for lower-income students in a previously approved merit-based scholarship program.

2. AL: Despite bailout, Alabama's Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program is short
Despite a huge bailout approved by lawmakers in April, the state's troubled Prepaid Affordable College Tuition program is about a quarter billion dollars short of having enough money to pay its estimated future expenses, a financial consultant said Wednesday.

3. CO: State higher-ed officials approve tuition plans from CU, other schools
State higher-education officials on Thursday approved tuition and financial flexibility plans submitted by the University of Colorado and other schools.

4. CO: Would-be Denver mayor Romer talks immigration, education, budget
In his bid to become the next mayor of Denver, State senator Chris Romer is selling his 25 years experience as a banker who specialized in municipal finance issues. He says Denver has achieved great things in lean times in the past and he would look to do the same now, zeroing in on keeping the FasTracks light rail project on track.

5. FL: Rhee to aid incoming Fla. governor on education
Former D.C. schools chancellor Michelle A. Rhee has joined the education transition team of Florida Gov.-elect Rick Scott, according to a statement from the Republican's office.

6. FL: Famed educator rumored as next state schools chief
Controversial education reformer Michelle Rhee was named to Gov.-elect Rick Scott's education transition team Thursday, fueling rumors that she may become Florida's next education commissioner.

7. IA: Univ. of Iowa wants $19.5M football practice field
"The Bubble" might soon pop. The University of Iowa on Thursday released a proposal to demolish the football team's 25-year-old indoor practice facility, known as "the Bubble," and build a $19.5 million replacement nearby.

8. IA: U of I arrest totals skyrocket in 2010
Alcohol-related offenses have fueled a sharp jump in arrests reported by University of Iowa police this year, according to data released Thursday by the state Board of Regents.

9. IA: ISU aims to burn wood in coal plant
AMES, Iowa -- A western Iowa entrepreneur hopes his supply of wood chips or pellets can turn the Iowa State University power plant from an ugly duckling to a swan.

10. ID: Idaho government workers may avoid pension hikes government
Idaho government workers and teachers may avoid being forced to make bigger pension contributions next year after a key lawmaker asked the board overseeing the state's $11.1 billion retirement fund to forgo a planned rate hike.


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