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Firm Leaves Miss. After Its Prison Is Called 'Cesspool'

One month after a federal court ordered sweeping changes at a troubled juvenile prison in Mississippi, the company managing the prison says it's pulling out of the state. The Justice Department describes "systemic, egregious and dangerous practices" at Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility.
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Student Loan Debt Exceeds One Trillion Dollars

President Obama wants Congress to extend the 2007 College Cost Reduction and Access Act, which would freeze interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans for one year. Melissa Block speaks with Mark Kantrowitz, a student loan expert and publisher of FinAid.org for a primer on student loans and repayments.
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Obama Takes Multistate Trip To Woo College Voters

President Obama kicked off a three university tour on Tuesday at UNC-Chapel Hill. Student debt now surpasses credit card debt in the U.S., and Obama is pressing Congress to pass an act that would keep interest rates on those loans from doubling this summer. Robert Siegel talks to Scott Horsley.
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Robot Eyes As Good As Humans When Grading Essays

A new study has determined that some automated essay graders can do as good of a job as humans. Melissa Block talks with New York Times education columnist Michael Winerip about the study and the weaknesses of automatic essay readers.
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First Criminal Charges Filed In BP Gulf Oil Spill

The first criminal charges were filed on Tuesday in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. An engineer for BP was charged with obstruction of justice for deleting hundreds of text messages after the spill. Carrie Johnson talks to Robert Siegel.
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Study: Mexican Immigration To U.S. Drops Sharply

Mexican immigration to the United States has dropped sharply in recent years, according to a recently released study from the Pew Hispanic Center. Robert Siegel talks with Rafael Fernandez de Castro, a political analyst in Mexico City who specializes in U.S.-Mexico relations, about the reasons behind the drop off.
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Senate Democrats Blast Arizona Immigration Law

On the eve of oral arguments in an important immigration case before the U.S. Supreme Court, the issue came to Capitol Hill. On Tuesday, Democratic Senator Charles Schumer convened a Senate hearing on the controversial Arizona law.

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