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Legislation requiring hands on CPR education for all Kentucky high school students has passed out of a senate committee. 17 year old Tanner Demling appeared Wednesday before the Health and Welfare Committee. Two people performed CPR on Demling for 30 minutes when he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in 2014. Demling believes teenagers will take such instruction seriously. “Yeah I think they will cause it’s easy to learn and its practical to everyday life,” said Demling. 

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Students of the Graves County School System are participating in a new program to allow them to finish their studies from home as an alternative to missing school.  

On January 26th, a wet-dry special election will be held and four of the district’s seven elementary schools --  Lowes, Sedalia, Symsonia, and Wingo -- serve as polling locations.  

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Three Murray State University professors recently authored a peer reviewed paper that won the "Best Paper Award" in the Business Education Category at the Academy of Business Research International Conference in Boca Raton, Florida. The professors are Dr. Gerry Muuka, Interim Dean of the Arthur J. Bauernfeind College of Business, Dr. Bella Ezumah, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications and Dr. Kevin Qualls, Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism and Mass Communications. On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross speaks with Dr. Qualls about the paper's reception and its findings.

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Marshall County Schools are trying a new approach to elementary education. 

Claudio Sanchez is the senior member of the NPR Ed team, with more than 25 years on the education beat. We asked him for his list of the top stories he'll be watching in 2016.

1. The New Federal Education Law

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An enhanced employee benefit package extending services to Murray State University employees and their household members begins January 1st. At no additional cost, staff will now have access to 24 hour psychological services associated with Louisville based employee assistance provider Wayne Corporation. MSU Director of Human Resources Joyce Gordon says the off-campus options provide confidentiality.

It has been a high-stakes year for high-stakes standardized tests.

The debate over renewing the big federal education law turned, in part, on whether annual testing would remain a federal mandate. Republicans initially said no, Democrats said yes. Ultimately the overhaul passed with tests still in place.

Even some of those seeking the nation's highest office have weighed in on college debt with payment plans and relief proposals. Voters and the media ask for details on the campaign trail. And that highlights a remarkable shift: Policymakers and politicians are paying attention to this issue like never before.

And it's not as simple or cynical as trying to woo the important student vote. The fact is, the student loan burden in America is second only to mortgages in consumer debt. The government estimates that some 41 million students together owe more than $1.2 trillion.

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Kentucky’s Special Education Teacher of the Year is from Muhlenberg North Middle School in Greenville.

The Kentucky Council for Exceptional Children and the Kentucky Department of Education named Kelly Teague as the recipient of this year’s award.

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This holiday season, many people are looking forward to a bit of a break before heading into the new year.  But for Murray State University President Bob Davies, that break is tempered with the knowledge that January 2016 is a budget year for the Kentucky General Assembly.  This likely means a renewed debate over higher education funding in the Commonwealth.  Dr. Davies sits down with Todd Hatton to talk about what else is ahead for MSU in 2016 and what's been achieved in 2015.

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