WINDSOR, ENGLAND - APRIL 11: Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends the Sunday Service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints, Windsor, following the announcement on Friday, April 9, 2021 of the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99, on April 11, 2021 in Windsor, England. (Steve Parsons/WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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Five national stories of the week

The pandemic prompts changes in how future teachers are trained, ex-Cuomo aide details groping as lawmakers meet in private, Epstein accuser sues Prince Andrew, Texas governor seeks out-of-state help against COVID-19 and hot weather could spur a California weather makes up this week's five national stories. 


ProtestErs hold up banners and placards during a nationwide protest against France's new COVID-19 health pass on Aug. 7, 2021, in Marseille, France. (Roger Anis/Getty Images/TNS)
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Five international stories of the week

The Taliban take another Afghan provincial capital, UN says global warming nears limits, massive forest fire in Greece still burning for the seventh day, Nagasaki marks 76th anniversary of atomic bombing and France's new virus pass is required in restaurants and on trains makes up this week's five international stories. 



Courtney Williams, third-grade teacher at East Washington Academy, teaches her students how to use an anemometer April 19, 2021. East Washington Academy is one of six public elementary schools in the Muncie Community Schools district. A recent Ball State study found more students were transferring into public schools as a result of school choice options than to private schools. Jaden Whiteman, DN File
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Ball State study: School choice in Indiana leads to $88 million in savings on education spending in 2019-20

Dagney Faulk, Ball State director of research in the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER), and Michael Hicks, George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of economics and CBER director, recently published a study about school choice leading to $88 million in savings for the State of Indiana in the 2019-20 school year — about 1 percent of the state’s annual general fund spending on education.


Friends and family members release balloons in Montana Lopez's honor in Muncie, June 23, 2021. After Lopez was shot and killed June 19, family members organized a balloon release, funeral and candle lighting. Blake Smith, Photo Provided
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Students and teachers reflect on June 2021 shooting of Ball State freshman Montana Lopez

After a few hours at Brothers Bar & Grill on a Saturday night, senior telecommunications major Blake Smith received a University Police Department (UPD) text alert that said officers were investigating reports of shots fired on her street. She was the first of her group of roommates and friends to go back to her house, and texted her friend and neighbor Montana Lopez to check on him. Smith had been at Lopez’s house for a party before going to Brothers.



Simone Biles at the Rio Olympics in 2016. Biles dropped out of the competition at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, but returned to compete on the balance beam and won bronze. Photo courtesy of Wikimedia
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Five national stories of the week

Simone Biles returns to the Olympic competition, bipartisan bill leaves out key climate and clean energy steps, the US hits a 70 percent vaccination rate amid the COVID-19 surge, US employers ratchet up the pressure on the unvaccinated and garden to open for El Paso Walmart shooting second anniversary makes up this week's five national stories. 


This aerial photograph shows houses surrounded by a wildfire which engulfed a Mediterranean resort region on Turkey's southern coast near the town of Manavgat, on July 30, 2021. (AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
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Five international stories of the week

US expands Afghan refugee program, Belarus Olympian plans to seek asylum in Poland, Turkey battles wildfires for the sixth day, Europe's vaccine passes reveal some pockets of resistance and death toll triples to more than 300 in recent China flooding makes up this week's five international stories. 



California and New York City government workers are required to get vaccinated. If workers are not vaccinated, then they will have to face weekly tests. Unsplash, Photo Courtesy
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Five national news stories of the week

Last victim ID'd in Florida condo building collapse, Jacoby wins swimming gold for the US, California and New York City require government workers to get the coronavirus vaccine, Biden says US combat mission in Iraq to conclude by year end and warming rivers in US West are killing fish and imperiling the industry makes up this week's five national stories. 


In a photo taken from a television, Tunisian President Kais Saied announces the dissolution of parliament and Prime Minister Hichem Mechichi's government on Sunday, July 25, 2021 at Carthage Palace after a day of nationwide protest. (Fethi Belaid/AFP/Getty Images/TNS)
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Five international stories of the week

Tunisia on edge as the president suspends parliament and fires the prime minister, two COVID patients dead after power outage at a Jordan hospital, 28 abducted Baptist school students freed in Nigeria, pandemic Olympics endured heat, and not a typhoon's en route and the Vatican trial opens into financial scandal rocking papacy makes up this week's five international stories. 







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