News Briefs: Jan. 24

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College Magazine ranked Kansas State’s Veterinary Medicine program as fourth in the nation. According to K-State News, multiple factors went into K-State’s rank. The ranking comes from a variety of areas, such as statistics from the National Center for Education Statistics, as well as student statements and course catalogs. College Magazine puts K-State’s program ahead of Texas A&M’s and behind Cornell’s.

The Kansas Legislature began setting the budget for the Department of Education for the fiscal years 2018 to 2023. According to a list of bills from K-State’s Governmental Relations website, House Bill 2466 sets the initial plans for appropriations in the aforementioned fiscal years but remains in the House Appropriations Committee. House Bill 2467 solidifies appropriations requested for the DOE in the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, while House Bill 2468 revises appropriations for various state-funded agencies.

A strong earthquake struck off the coast of southern Alaska early Tuesday morning. According to ABC News, the 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck around 1 a.m. and brought on tsunami concerns on the West Coast and in Hawaii. Residents in Kodiak were asked to move to high ground. Officials called off the tsunami warnings three hours after the initial earthquake, which was followed by at least 30 aftershocks with magnitudes reaching 5.3.

A 15-year-old male student opened fire at Marshall County High School in Benton, Kentucky. According to CBS News, two students died and 17 others were injured. The suspect was apprehended on site and will face charges of murder and attempted murder. Identities of the victims are not known to public. This is the first fatal school shooting of 2018 in the United States.

The government shutdown is over for the moment. Congress approved a temporary spending deal that lasts through Feb. 8, giving the legislature under three weeks to agree on a long-term budget and immigration deal. According to Politico, Republican lawmakers are under pressure to increase the defense budget. Democrats are wary of supporting any bill that does not offer a continuation of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals legislation.

Egyptian armed forces detained Sami Anan, former chief of staff of the Egyptian army, for allegedly violating military code. According to BBC News, Anan announced his candidacy for president earlier this month. On Tuesday, the Egyptian army broadcast a statement accusing Anan of a “serious breach” of the laws of military service including forging documents and running for president without permission. Anan is largely considered to be the last serious challenger to current president Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

Israel is facing criticism from United Nations member states over its human rights record. The criticism comes during the country’s third Universal Periodic Review, a process meant to assess human rights records and make recommendations for improvement. According to Al Jazeera, some delegates called Israel an “apartheid state.” Delegates are specifically concerned about the denial of right to self-determination to Palestinians, “deteriorating” human rights conditions and “blatant” violations of UN resolutions.

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Kaylie Mclaughlin
My name is Kaylie McLaughlin and I'm the Editor in Chief of the Collegian. I grew up just outside of Kansas City in Shawnee, Kansas. I’m a junior in digital journalism with a minor in French and a secondary focus in international and area studies. As a third generation K-Stater, I bleed purple and my goal is to serve the Wildcat community with accurate coverage. I am fueled by a lot of coffee and I spend my (sparse) free time watching stand-up comedy.