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Teachers strike carries risks for young athletes
By BARBARA RODRIGUEZ
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago teachers strike may have unintended consequences for student athletes with college dreams tied to the field.
For now, the walkout in the nation's third-largest school district means canceled practices and games. But if classes don't resume soon, 11,000 students enrolled in fall varsity sports could also lose playoff and championship opportunities.
Some students worry it will affect their prospects for college if the lack of play makes them ineligible for athletic scholarships or less attractive as recruits.
Students like Johnny Daniels are anxious for a resolution. The senior at Foreman High School on the Chicago's West Side says he and his football teammates have been holding daily practices on their own, without coaches, who are almost all union members.
Posted: Thursday, September 13 2012, 07:21 PM CDT
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Fallin signs bill to spend $45M on tornado relief
May 24, 2013 19:07 GMT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Gov. Mary Fallin has signed a bill that will allow the state to access $45 million from the state's Rainy Day Fund to help communities recover from tornado damage.
Fallin on Friday signed a bill that the House and Senate passed unanimously in the wake of the deadly tornado that raked across the state on Monday, killing 24 people and injuring hundreds more.
It allows the state to use the money to match federal disaster funds and for other "disaster-related assistance."
The state's Rainy Day Fund, a constitutional reserve fund, currently has a balance of about $577 million. Up to 25 percent of the money can be accessed to pay for emergency-related expenses. The rest is reserved for when the state experiences budget shortfalls.
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