Anonymous Donors Pay Off Millions in Student Debt for 400 Low-Income College Graduates

first_imgCHECK OUT: Landlord Hands Over His Family’s Stimulus Check to His 13 Tenants So They Could Save on Rent“With student loans increasingly becoming a financial burden, SRA is grateful for the opportunity to facilitate relief to our hardworking alumni who have become highly productive members of the workforce nationwide,” said SRA CEO Elizabeth Devaney, who informed the grads of their relieved debts in a Zoom call this week.Kimberly Armstrong, who owed $300,000 in law school debts, is just one of the SRA students who has now been freed from the financial burden thanks to the generous donation. She told KPIX: “It’s a shock; it’s amazing; it’s a relief, though … Literally, it’s a weight lifted.”MORE: Billionaire Who Promised to Pay Off College Debt for Grads is Now Paying Off Their Parents’ School Debt TooDr. Zachary Tabb, who owed $160,000 in medical school debt, agreed with the sentiment.“It’s life changing. I’ve had debt … really my entire adult life. And so it’s just something that—everywhere you go—it follows you,” he told reporters. “It’s really a generational impact. To completely un-burden myself and all of them … has a real multiplicative effect … not only on [my fellow SRA scholars’] lives, but on the contributions they can make to society.”(WATCH the heartwarming coverage below — or our international viewers can watch the video on the CBS News website)Be Sure And Share This Inspiring Story Of Kindness With Your Friends On Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreMore than 400 California college graduates were left overwhelmed with joy and surprise earlier this week after they were told that anonymous donors had paid off their student debt.The unidentified benefactors paid off the debt by donating more than $8 million to Students Rising Above (SRA), a San Francisco-based nonprofit organization that helps send low-income, first-generation college students through college and provide them with personal guidance, mentoring, internships, and career guidance.Despite how 100% of SRA students are from low-to-moderate incomes and 62% are living below the federal poverty line, however, the average SRA grad finishes school with $8,000 in debt.last_img read more

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Half of veterans who died from opioid overdoses also received benzos

first_imgShare on Facebook LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share Emailcenter_img In a recent study, nearly half of all veterans who died from drug overdoses while prescribed opioids for pain were also receiving benzodiazepines, or benzos, which are common medications for the treatment of anxiety, insomnia and alcohol withdrawal. Veterans prescribed higher doses of benzodiazepines while concurrently receiving opioids were at greater risk of overdose death than those on lower doses of benzodiazepines.The results of the study by researchers from Rhode Island Hospital, Boston Medical Center, and the Veteran Affairs Ann Arbor Healthcare System were published online in the BMJ today.“The risk of receiving both opioids and benzodiazepines during this six-year period was approximately four times higher than in those who received opioids alone,” said Tae Woo Park, M.D., attending physician at Rhode Island Hospital. “From a public health perspective, this is deeply troubling, because drug overdoses are a leading cause of death in the U.S. and prescribing benzodiazepines to patients taking opioids for pain is quite common. In 2010, 75 percent of pharmaceutical-related drug-overdose deaths involved opioids. As we learn more about pharmaceuticals and how they interact with each other, we can try to reduce the risk of harm to patients.” Pinterest The Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest integrated health care system in the U.S., serving nearly nine million former military personnel across 150 hospitals and 800 outpatient centers. Patient records of veterans who died from drug overdoses while receiving medical services as an outpatient at the VHA between October 2004 and September 2009 were examined for the relationship between the opioids and benzodiazepines when prescribed concurrently.Common opioids include the well-known brands Vicodin, Percocet and OxyContin; and the generic formularies are morphine, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, fentanyl and methadone. The most common brands of benzodiazepines are Xanax, Valium and Klonopin, and common generic forms are alprozolam, chlordiazepoxide, clonazepam, diazepam, lorazepam and temazepam. The drugs are often used for treating anxiety disorders, insomnia and alcohol withdrawal.last_img read more

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Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Continues

first_imgThe U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District, has awarded a contract to replace a water control structure within Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) as part of the ongoing rehabilitation project for the earthen structure surrounding Lake Okeechobee.USACE awarded the contract on Friday (August 19) for $16.8 million to Harry Pepper & Associates of Jacksonville, Fla.The contract calls for replacement of Culvert IP-3 (S-291) along the Indian Prairie Canal in Glades County northwest of the lake. This water control structure provides irrigation and drainage to landowners in the area. Work on this project is expected to be complete in early 2019.“We continue to make substantial progress on rehabilitation of the dike,” said Tim Willadsen, Herbert Hoover Dike Rehabilitation Project Manager. “With this contract, we now have 21 structures in various phases of replacement, which helps reduce the risk of dike failure due to the erosion and loss of material that had taken place around the old structures.”In 2011, the Corps began a program to address the 32 federally-owned water control structures as part of its ongoing rehabilitation efforts around the dike. Other risk-reduction measures include installation of a 21.4-mile, partial cutoff wall between Port Mayaca and Belle Glade.The Corps has also completed filling of a quarry near Pahokee, and removal of vegetation on the dike. The total investment since 2001 is more than $800 million.Hebert Hoover Dike is a 143-mile, earthen dam that surrounds Lake Okeechobee, the second largest freshwater lake completely within the United States.[mappress mapid=”22900″]last_img read more

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