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News Briefs: Stabbing in Pennsylvania

Library secures funding from city

GALESBURG – The Galesburg Public Library Board of Trustees approved the issuance of $5 million of debt certificates to cover the cost of building a new library and keeping the project eligible for state funding. The Galesburg Public Library Foundation will purchase 3 million dollars of the debt, while the city will buy the other 2 million dollars. In the event of economic downturn or natural disaster, the city retains the right to ask for its money back. The State of Illinois is expected to cover most of the remaining cost of the $16 million building, with the exception of $700,000 provided by the library. (Source: The Galesburg Register-Mail)


Mass stabbing at Pennsylvania school

PITTSBURGH – A high school sophomore stabbed 20 of his classmates with kitchen knives at Franklin Senior Regional High School in Murrysville, Pa., leaving some of them with life-threatening injuries. The stabbings occurred during the school day in a classroom and a hallway until the suspect was stopped by an assistant principal. The suspect, age 16, was taken into custody by police and sustained minor injuries. He is being charged as an adult and facing four counts of attempted homicide, 21 counts of aggravated assault and one count of possession of a weapon on school grounds All of those injured are expected to survive, although several are in critical condition.  (Source: CNN)


America to cut nuclear arsenal

WASHINGTON -The Pentagon announced that it plans to go through with steep cuts in America’s nuclear arsenal despite a recent increase in tensions with Russia caused by the annexation of Crimea. The cuts, mandated by a treaty ratified by the Senate in 2010, calls for bringing down the number of deployed American nuclear missiles to 700 by 2018. The cuts will lower the number of American submarine-based missiles to 240 and the number of nuclear-equipped bombers to 66. The number of land-based missiles will remain unchanged. Russia has also agreed to cuts its missiles to a similar level. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)

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Matt Barry is a senior majoring in international relations and double minoring in economics and German. This is his third year working for TKS, having served previously as discourse editor. He has worked for such organizations as the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Premier Tourism Marketing and the Council on American Islamic Relations-Chicago, where his work appeared in such publications as Leisure Group Travel, Ski & Ride Club Guide and The Chicago Monitor. Matt has written his political opinion column, "The Voice of Reason," weekly for three years, which finished in first place at the 2012 Illinois College Press Association conference and was also recognized at the 2013 conference.

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