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    $47 Billion offer to create world’s biggest tobacco company

    LONDON (AP) – British American Tobacco has offered to buy out Reynolds American Inc. for $47 billion in an attempt to gain a strong presence in the U.S., a lucrative market where sales of electronic cigarettes are booming as traditional smoking fades. The takeover would create the world’s largest publicly traded tobacco company and combine BAT’s presence in developing countries, where anti-smoking campaigns are not as strong as in the U.S. and Europe, with Reynolds’ almost exclusive focus on the […]

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    Accreditation expert gives tips for what to look for in degree programs

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The closing of ITT Tech has affected thousands of students. Many of them were in the middle, or just beginning their coursework. But now, they’re stuck with unfinished degrees or certifications that don’t always transfer to the work force. WHNT News 19 took action and spoke with an accreditation expert to find out what students should be looking for when they start their research on schools like ITT Tech. Accreditation expert George Gollin said students considering for-profit […]

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    Athens State University reaches out to ITT Tech students

    ATHENS, Ala. – A college accustomed to dealing with transfers and financial aid needs, leaders with Athens State University invite former ITT Tech students to contact the institution to try to find a fit. “If these students are looking for a place to further their education, we’d love to help them out,” said Guy McClure, university public relations director. The University released the following statement: Athens State University is saddened to learn of the closing this week of ITT Technical […]

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    ITT Tech Madison campus opened for students and instructors to retrieve belongings

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala.–  Students and teachers were back inside ITT Tech’s Madison campus Thursday. This was the first opportunity they had to retrieve their belongings since the doors were locked before the Labor Day weekend. It has now been 72 hours into the closing of ITT Tech and students have still had basically no communication from the school. They are now being forced to look at other options. The director also opened it up to students looking for answers, even though they […]

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    ITT Tech closure: What you need to know if you’re a student

    ITT Educational Services announced September 6 it is shutting down immediately, accusing the federal government of unfairly stripping it of eligibility for student aid. The company, which was established nearly 50 years ago, operates ITT Technical Institutes. It has around 40,000 students taking classes on campuses and online throughout the United States. The school said it will now focus on helping students get their class records and figure out their next steps. Why did this happen? The Department of Education […]

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    Shields Road construction begins today, will take up to 8 weeks

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There have been some concerns about construction of the Shields Road Bridge. Director of City Engineering Kathy Martin said it actually has nothing to do with the bridge itself, but instead, they’ll be working on the approaches leading up to the bridge. “You’ll see there’s a dip in the pavement, it’s been restored and patched for many years, so what this project will do is actually remove those approaches right there, and backfill it with gravel, and […]

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    J.O. Johnson alumnus pays tribute to alma mater through moving video

    Huntsville, Ala. – A Facebook video paying tribute to J.O. Johnson High School has been viewed more than 30,000 times. The video was shot and posted by Johnson alumnus Lance Piri. It’s a stirring memorial to the former school, showing many of the former trophies and accolades achieved over the school’s 44-year history. Piri takes viewers around the school grounds; through the hallways, classrooms and facilities. In his post, Piri says “You can tear down our school, change the name, but […]

  • Georgia Rep. John Lewis, a congressman known for historic contribution to the civil rights movement, is leading a sit-in on the House floor Wednesday to push Republicans to address gun violence.

    Sit-in spurs late-night clash on House floor, GOP adjourns for July 4th recess

    WASHINGTON (CNN) — House Republicans sought to end an extraordinary day of drama and a 16-hour sit-in by Democrats in the early hours of Thursday morning by adjourning for a recess that will last through July 5. The move is an effort to shut down a protest that began Wednesday morning when Democrats took over the House floor and tried to force votes on gun control. Shortly after 6:00 a.m., about a dozen Democrats remained on the House floor, including […]

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    50 killed in Florida nightclub, shooter pledged ISIS allegiance

    ORLANDO, Florida (CNN) — A gay nightclub here was the scene early Sunday of the worst terror attack in U.S. history since 9/11. * 50 people were killed inside the Pulse club and at least 53 people were injured, police say. * The gunman was Omar Mateen of Ft. Pierce, Florida, a law enforcement source told CNN. * Orlando police shot and killed Mateen * Mateen called 911 around the time of the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS and […]

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    Head Start proposes 22 closures and tailoring the program to work with state Pre-K

    DECATUR, Ala. – Big changes are proposed for Alabama’s Head Start programs. With Alabama excelling nationally in pre-k programs, the two are tailoring their programs to enhance early education rather than take away from one another. It also means some closures in north Alabama. Just last week, the state announced funding for 2,700 additional spaces in the pre-k programs, many of which are designated for north Alabama. So Head Start is taking a proactive stance to continue its role in early […]

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    New group, Huntsville United, pushes forward to advocate for school improvements

    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – A new group has formed to bring Huntsville citizens together for the purpose of improving city schools. Huntsville United says it aims to create opportunities for parents, students, teachers and the community to have an effective voice in determining Huntsville City Schools’ policy and funding decisions.  Many say they have voiced several concerns this school year, but haven’t been heard. “Nothing brings people together like the love for their children and improving community schools. Huntsville United has successfully […]

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    Gov. Bentley announces $15 million for Pre-K grants; large chunk coming to north Alabama

    MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday announced over 150 new grants that will provide more than 2,700 additional Alabama four-year-olds with access to high-quality, voluntary pre-kindergarten. “Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten is a proven program that prepares students for success,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “Only 20 percent of Alabama’s four-year-olds are currently enrolled in the First Class program. Along with the support of legislative funding, we will continue to expand access to this program until every Alabama parent who wants their child […]