A respiratory virus is sweeping through the Midwest and other areas of the United States, sending an unprecedented number of school children to the emergency room.
Enterovirus 68, also known as EV-D68, is a respiratory virus that has afflicted over 475 children in Missouri and more than 1,000 throughout the U.S. Ten states have reached out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to help investigate clusters of the virus, including Colorado, North Carolina, Georgia, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma and Kentucky.
Virologist for the CDC Mark Pallansch says it could just be the beginning of the epidemic. "This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of severe cases," Pallansch told CNN in an interview. "We're in the middle of looking into this, we don't have all the answers yet." more >>
Justin Kintzel, worship pastor for Liberty University's Campus Band, has been nominated for a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association.
A release from the university said he was nominated for his original songs "Love Displayed" and "Death is Overcome," both of which are featured on Vital Worship's "Songs For The Living King," which was nominated in the "special event album of the year" category.
Kintzel explained that the nomination shocked him because it was the first time his music had been distributed nationally. more >>
A study released last year by a pro-Common Core group predicted that under Common Core's stricter set of state education standards, six-year high school dropout rates will likely double for states adhering to the federally incentivized nationally-based testing.
The finding was not well publicized and was only recently picked up on by Common Core critics.
The report released by the Carnegie Corporation in collaboration with McKinsey & Company found that teachers will not "meet the demand" of Common Core's expected student achievement levels for those students already behind more than one grade level unless there is broader change in school designs. more >>
A pro-life student organization with chapters across the country has filed a complaint against the University of South Alabama over its "solicitation policy."
Students for Life USA filed a complaint arguing that South Alabama's policy restricted their right to hold an event known as the "cemetery of innocents."
The student organization is being legally represented by Alliance Defending Freedom, which sent an amended complaint to South Alabama last month. more >>
Penn State University says it has not removed Gideon Bibles from two hotels that it runs despite a complaint the school received from a Wisconsin-based atheist group.
Contradicting a press release by the Freedom From Religion Foundation, a representative of Penn State told The Christian Post that the Bibles have not been taken out of their hotels.
Earlier this week FFRF stated that Penn State officials removed the Bibles from the Nittany Lion Inn and the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel in State College, both of which are run by the university. more >>
New Hampshire's Supreme Court upheld the state's tax credit program that allows for funds to go to religious schools.
In an opinion delivered last week, the court unanimously overturned a lower court ruling regarding the tax credit.
The court concluded that the plaintiffs lacked standing on the tax credit, having failed to sufficiently argue that the credit caused them undue injury or harm. more >>