Practice time for the PS 177 band.
(John Poole/NPR)
June 11, 2014

iPads Allow Kids With Challenges To Play In High School’s Band

There's a steady stream of hype surrounding the pluses and pitfalls of classroom tablet computers. But for a growing number of special education students tablets and their apps are proving transformative. The tablets aren't merely novel and fun. With guidance from creative teachers, they are helping to deepen engagement, communication, and creativity.


House Majority Leader Eric Cantor
(J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
June 11, 2014

Eric Cantor Defeated By Tea Party Candidate In Virginia Primary

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor has lost his Republican primary in Virginia's 7th Congressional District to Tea Party challenger David Brat — a stunning upset that will rewrite the leadership of the chamber's GOP leadership.


June 11, 2014

Illinois Soldier Killed By Friendly Fire

Family members are remembering a 19-year-old Illinois soldier who was among five Americans killed this week in Afghanistan as a classy young man who dreamed of a career in the military or law enforcement.


June 10, 2014

Danville VA Disputes Audit Findings

A spokesman for the VA’s Illiana Medical Center in Danville says he’s had no indication there were serious problems with patient wait times there.


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