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NCSU, NCCU Examine Racial Profiling in N.C.

A group of researchers from N.C. State and N.C. Central universities are studying the frequency and implications of racial profiling in North Carolina.At the request of state law enforcement officials and with the support of a $470,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department, the researchers went out on N.C. highways equipped with stopwatches and radar guns to measure the speed of speeding vehicles.The researchers will then compare that data to the races of individuals pulled over by police.

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Test Prep Courses May Not Affect Scores, Study Says

A recent study has concluded that preparation courses for college admissions tests, including the SAT, might not be as effective as many people think.The study was conducted by Derek Briggs, a doctoral student in education at the University of California-Berkeley. Briggs said the purpose of his research was to determine whether SAT coaching was effective. "I was interested in the effect the commercial preparation programs have on the actual scores," he said.

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N.C. House Passes Bill To Alter Marriage Laws

The N.C. House passed a bill Thursday updating some marriage laws that have not been altered for more than a century.Legislators voted to recognize marriages performed by certified members of any religious denomination and in accordance with federal or state-recognized American Indian tribes.The bill also will raise the minimum age of matrimony from 12 to 14, while requiring 14- and 15-year-olds to obtain a judge's permission before getting married."The new legislation will improve the law significantly in minor and major ways," Rep.

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2 N.C. Schools Approve Tuition Hike Requests

Two UNC-system boards of trustees -- N.C. Agriculture & Technical and N.C. Central universities -- voted unanimously last week to increase tuition starting in fall 2001.Undergraduate and graduate tuition would go up $150 a year for two years at N.C. A&T. N.C. Central trustees approved a one-time increase of $200 for undergraduate students.N.C. Central graduate students could see a $288 increase in their tuition, and law students might pay an extra $394.But all the proposed increases are contingent on approval from the Board of Governors and the N.C. General Assembly.

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Yale to Offer Controversial Abortion Pill

When RU-486, also known as an "abortion" pill hit the market last year, most major universities in the country declined to offer the pill to its students.But Yale University recently announced that it will offer the drug to its students at its health services facilities.Yale Health Services already offers the "morning after" pill and provides surgical abortions under its current health plan for students and staff. Gila Rinestein, assistant director of public affairs at Yale, said the RU-486 is part of a full range of services in gynecology provided at the school.

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