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February 14, 2019: What to Know

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  • Amazon has abandoned plans to establish a corporate campus in Long Island City, New York. The New York Times reports that the online giant, which agreed to build the campus in exchange for almost $3 billion in city and state incentives, cited "a number of state and local politicians [who] have made it clear that they oppose our presence and will not work with us to build the type of relationships that are required to go forward with the project we and many others have envisioned in Long Island City" for the sudden cancellation in a press release.

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    Idaho's "go-on rate" is showing little sign of improvement, Idaho Ed News' Kevin Richert reports, but the percentage of high school students who matriculate to colleges and universities varies widely across school districts. State-wide, the go-on rate is just 44.6 percent, but in Coeur d'Alene, almost 60 percent of students enroll in a two- or four-year college program. There are some low lows, though: In Jefferson County, the go-on rate is 31.4 percent. The state-wide numbers have not changed significantly in recent years despite a multimillion-dollar effort to get more students to pursue higher education.

  • A report, out this week from the office of the U.S. Department of Education's inspector general, says that the agency's student loan programs are inadequately supervised. Among its criticisms: The department has failed in its oversight of private contractors that handle federal student loans, which now add up to more than $1 trillion; and it failed to punish those companies that were found not following department guidelines. The education department must write monitoring reports to ensure borrowers are given accurate information about their loans, but between 2015 and 2017, it found that 61 percent of those reports contained evidence of servicer errors.

  • Ryan Adams has cut 16 albums and racked up seven Grammy nominations, but now the music icon is under fire after seven women and many of Adams' associates have leveled accusations against him him for "dangling career opportunities" before young female artists while he pursued sexual relationships with them, The New York Times reports. Some of the young women were underage at the time. In the accounts, corroborated by thousands of text messages and other electronic evidence, Adams would offer support to aspiring musicians, but their communications would turn explicit, with Adams retaliating when the young women declined or didn't respond to his advances.

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