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UVa to offer DACA students aid
The University of Virginia quietly changed a rule earlier this month, which means that students with DACA status -- meaning they were brought into the country illegally as children but now have temporary legal status to work or attend school -- will now be eligible to receive financial aid.
Previously, in-state students had to pay the full costs of that tuition bracket out-of-pocket, often through private loans with high interest rates.
UVa doctor runs for Congress
ZACK WAJSGRAS/THE DAILY PROGRESSDr. Cameron Webb is a hospitalist, assistant professor of medicine and a director of health policy and equity at the University of Virginia. He is running as a Democrat for the 5th District House of Representative seat.
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Dr. Cameron Webb, a doctor at UVa Medical Center and a director of health policy and equity, threw his hat into the ring this month to seek a different job: representative of the VA-5 District.
Webb, who will run as a Democrat, zeroed in on his health care background and his previous work in the White House.
He joins two other Democrats seeking to unseat Rep. Denver Riggleman.
Varsity Blues sparks changes
Fans pack the John Paul Jones Arena to watch the Virginia Cavaliers play Texas Tech in the NCAA men's basketball national championship on Monday night. MELODY ROBBINS/FOR THE DAILY PROGRESS
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When news of parents allegedly conspiring to pay admission counselors and college coaches to get their children into selective colleges became national news this spring, reporter Katherine Knott and I asked UVa if they had uncovered any similar issues. No, but they routinely review athletics admissions practices, we were told at the time.
Well, it turns out the federal lawsuits stemming from Operation Varsity Blues did spark a review at UVa, which uncovered a few irregularities, the university revealed in a news release.
There were a few times that the possibility of gifts might have motivated the recruitment of a student-athlete, according to UVa, and there were a few times that student-athletes ended up not playing on the team for which they were recruited and for reasons that were unclear.
A university official declined to say whether any staff had been fired or disciplined because of the revelations.
PVCC expanding Network2Work
Piedmont Virginia Community College is trying to find new employers and job-seekers in Louisa County, so it can expand its groundbreaking program throughout more of Central Virginia.
Good dogs around Grounds
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