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As expectations rise, schools scramble to help students clear test hurdles

The good news in Columbus, Ohio, schools this summer is that 87 percent of its third-graders passed the reading test and can move on to the next grade, WBNS 10-TV reports. The bad news is that 599, or 13 percent, did not.

June 29, 2015 | Eric Schulzke Deseret News | Education

Book review: 'The Heir' takes readers into another Selection

"THE HEIR: The Selection, Vol. 4," by Kiera Cass, HarperTeen, $18.99, 342 pages (f) (ages 12 and up)

June 29, 2015 | Sharon Haddock Deseret News | Things to Do

School system budget to increase by $5.6 million

Adding a new elementary school will add a few million dollars to the Bryan County Board of Education's budget.

June 29, 2015 | | Education

Have You Seen This? Biggest great white shark caught on film

THE BRINY SEA — About a year ago, The Discovery Channel aired a video as part of Shark Week showing what is believed to be one the biggest great white sharks caught on film.

June 29, 2015 | Martha Ostergar KSL | State, National News

Why kindness is key to a healthy office environment

Office workers should come to the water cooler armed with conversation topics and a spirit of kindness, according to experts on office environments.

June 29, 2015 | Kelsey Dallas Deseret News | Business

Product review: Outdoor gear for the summer

Warm weather is upon us and summer outings are in full swing. From breathable trail runners to high-performance life jackets, this article looks at a diverse selection of outdoor products that can handle the rigors of summer use.

June 29, 2015 | Grant Olsen KSL | Sports

How charity fraud happens — and how to make sure it doesn't happen to you

Earlier this month, federal authorities cracked down on four cancer charities that had bilked millions of dollars from donors, and Propublica investigations came down hard on the Red Cross, questioning its use of the half-billion dollars it raised for Haiti relief.

June 29, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National News

Have faith in God for peace of mind

We are living in a very chaotic world and complex times, but the "good news" is that God is still in charge.

June 29, 2015 | By Pastor Richard Williams Columnist | Faith

What makes a couch potato? La-z-boys and living in these states

Do you watch TV a lot, own a La-z-boy, like soap operas and crave frozen pizza? If you answered yes to all of these questions, a new study says you might be a couch potato.

June 29, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | State, National News

Tudors or craftsman home styles offer a lot

About once a year, we discuss the importance of understanding the history, style and architecture of your home. This knowledge is crucial when designing an addition or renovation.

June 29, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot topics

Rotarian of Year earned by Merritt

The week before Christmas last year, Teresa Merritt hosted the Rotary Club of Richmond Hill's first Military Night Out at her local dance studio.

June 28, 2015 | By Paul Floeckher | Local news

How retiremen goals impact finances

The concept of "retirement" has changed dramatically in recent decades.

June 28, 2015 | For Laura Evans Special to the News | Business

'Voice of Eagles' Blair going to LSU

Georgia Southern "Voice of the Eagles" and Learfield Sports general manager Chris Blair has accepted a role to become the play-by-play voice of the LSU Tigers following the conclusion of their 2015 football season.

June 28, 2015 | Georgia Southern AMR | Sports

Water safety is a necessity for children with autism

Drowning is the leading cause of preventable death for children with autism. It is a mystery what draws these kids to water, but it is a fact that it can often be deadly. The best form of prevention is water safety lessons taught by those who understand a child with autism.

June 28, 2015 | Sandra Olney KSL | State, National News

Are city rents climbing out of reach for working and middle-class families?

New York isn't the only place where rent is sky high.

June 28, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National News

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Game Changers close Sunday for move

Georgia Game Changers Running Company, currently at 60 Exchange St. in Richmond Hill, will be closed Sunday as the company makes its final move over to the new Game Changers Health & Fitness Complex at 8872 Ford Ave., just south of Interstate 95.

June 26, 2015 | Staff Report | Sports

It could feel like 110 out today

The National Weather Service has issued a new heat advisory for today, estimating the heat index could feel like it is nearly 110 in the area.

June 16, 2015 | Staff Report | Public Safety

Hunting, fishing license cost hike proposed

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources wants to know what people think about its proposed cost increases for hunting and fishing licenses.

June 11, 2015 | | Sports

Whitewater trip set for July

Have fun kayaking, whitewater rafting, ziplining, canoeing and more on a Leisure Travel trip to the U.S. National Whitewater Center in Charlotte, N.C., on July 18.

June 08, 2015 | Special to the News | Things to Do

Avoiding common home remodeling mistakes

Part of our job is to help our clients avoid common home remodeling mistakes. Most people who undertake a significant home remodel will do so only once in their lifetime. On the other hand, we have been involved in almost a thousand projects, and that gives us a leg up in the experience department. Therefore, we try to prepare our clients as thoroughly as possible for the entire process — from design through construction — to see them through a successful home remodel.

June 07, 2015 | Annie Schwemmer and Ann Robinson Deseret News | Hot topics

Can't focus? Try listening to this while you work

Does your co-worker’s creaky chair make it hard to focus? How about the constant whir of the copy machine and low-key office chatter?

June 07, 2015 | Shelby Slade Deseret News | State, National News

Millions now have bank accounts thanks to the Internet, says World Bank

Thanks to the Internet and mobile phones, millions of people now have access to bank accounts — from merchants in Tanzania to dairy farmers in India.

June 07, 2015 | Lane Anderson Deseret News | State, National News

Harvard is the richest college in America, and it was just promised $400 million more

Hedge fund manager John A. Paulson is donating $400 million to Harvard University's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, according the Wall Street Journal, and there are those who think that may not have been the best use of a couple hundred million dollars.

June 07, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Business

To fix a troubled marriage, Hollywood suggests natural disaster

Earthquake action disaster movie "San Andreas" shook its way to the top of the box office last weekend at home and worldwide.

June 07, 2015 | Chandra Johnson Deseret News | State, National News

Not everyone's thrilled about breast-feeding mania

Australian fashion model Nicole Trunfio caused a stir late last month when she appeared on the cover of Elle Australia breast-feeding her son, Zion.

June 07, 2015 | JJ Feinauer Deseret News | Business

Variety of faiths praise Abercrombie ruling upholding ban on religious discrimination

A Supreme Court ruling requiring employers to accommodate workers who wear articles of clothing for religious reasons is a victory for more than just the young Muslim woman who wanted to work at Abercrombie & Fitch, several activist groups said.

June 07, 2015 | Mark A. Kellner Deseret News | Faith

Pixar shows off 'The Good Dinosaur' in new trailer

I’m so genuinely happy to see Pixar back to being Pixar.

June 07, 2015 | Travis Poppleton KSL | Things to Do

McDonald’s drive-thru marriage proposal goes stale

WEST HOLLYWOOD — McDonald’s is great for a lot of things: $1 Cokes, breakfast and the Big Mac. But there’s one thing the fast-food chain shouldn’t be associated with — a marriage proposal.

June 07, 2015 | Jessica Ivins KSL | State, National News

The startling truth about how oral health impacts your family's overall health

Did you know that brushing your teeth can have a domino effect on many aspects of your overall health and wellness? Doctors have found that a person’s dental health is a telling indicator about the person’s overall health, and dental problems can impact other areas of the body. Since this link has been discovered, some people are referring to the mouth as the gateway to the rest of the body.

June 07, 2015 | Russell Roderick FamilyShare | Hot topics

Saturn’s bizarre moon gets final, close-up photoshoot

PASADENA, Calif. — NASA’s Cassini spacecraft just finished its final rendezvous with one of the strangest moons in the known universe.

June 07, 2015 | Natalie Crofts KSL | State, National News

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