Mar 26, 2018

People in poverty are struggling to finish college

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More students than ever from both rich and poor socioeconomic backgrounds are attending college out of high school, reports the New York Times. However, a new study in the journal Demography reveals that the gap between rich and poor graduates continues to grow wider with only 11.8% of children born in the 1980's from poor backgrounds actually graduating.

Why it matters: Hourly wages for those with Bachelor's degrees has risen over $30 since 2015, according to the study, while those who haven't completed college have an hourly wage below $20 on average.

By the numbers:

  • Wages for people who haven't finished college have decreased by 2% since 2000, per the economic policy institute.
  • Wages for college graduates have increased by 6% in that same timespan.
  • The wealthiest people in the country born in the 1980's have a graduation rate of 60.1%

Go deeper: Many states have cut university funding, causing schools to enroll less poor and middle class students.

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  3. Federal government latest: The White House will extend its social distancing guidelines until April 30.
  4. State updates: Rural-state governors say testing is still inadequate, contradicting Trump — Virginia, Maryland and D.C. issue stay-at-home orders to residents, joining 28 other states.
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First U.S. service member dies from coronavirus

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The Pentagon on Monday announced the death of a member of the New Jersey National Guard who tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: It's the first U.S. service member — active, reserve or Guard — to die from the virus, according to the Pentagon. The guardsman passed away on Saturday after being hospitalized for the novel coronavirus on March 21.

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Texas oil regulators poised to debate historic production controls

Workers extracting oil from oil wells in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas. Photo: Benjamin Lowy/Getty Images

Texas oil regulators are likely to hold a hearing in April on whether to take the historic step to curb the state’s oil production amid a global market collapse fueled by the coronavirus.

Driving the news: Ryan Sitton, one of three commissioners of the Texas Railroad Commission, which oversees state oil production, told Axios that a hearing will likely be held soon in response to a renewed request earlier Monday from two oil companies to limit production as one way to stem the steep slide in global oil prices.