- Court: Religious School Eligible for Public Playground Funding
by Sam Hananel and Mark Sherman June 2017
The Supreme Court ruled Monday that churches have the same right as other charitable groups to seek state money for new playground surfaces and other nonreligious needs. But the justices stopped short of saying whether the ruling applies to school voucher programs that use public funds to pay for private, religious schooling. By a 7-2 vote, the justices sided with Trinity Lutheran Church of Columbia, Missouri, which had sought a state grant to put a soft surface on its preschool playground.
- U. of Tennessee Must Find Funding for Title IX Reforms
by Knoxville News-Sentinel June 2017
The University of Tennessee has received a long-awaited critique of its sexual assault policies, and now it must figure out a way to fund the independent panel's recommendations.
- Former Wright State Swimmers Join to Save Program
by Tom Archdeacon June 2017
According to a former Wright State University swimmer who is now an international business director for a company that manufactures medical equipment, a "large donor" has emerged and could help raise the funds needed to save the targeted WSU swimming and diving program for the coming season.
- Abilene Christian Nets $2M in Donations for Football Stadium
by Abilene Reporter-News June 2017
Abilene Christian director of athletics Lee De León announced Tuesday the school has received two donations totaling almost $2 million toward its new on-campus football stadium, which opens in September.
- Casino Operator Donates $1.5M for Ballfield Renovation
by Sophia Chang June 2017
A languishing ballfield in the heart of Islandia is getting an extensive makeover funded with donations, including more than $1 million from casino operator Delaware North. Village Mayor Allan Dorman and several officials gathered yesterday at the ballfield on Old Nichols Road to break ground on the reborn 7-acre First Responders Memorial Recreation Field. The park is dedicated to the memory of five first responders who worked for local fire departments and died in the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
- Anti-Tax Group Hopes to Bar Public Money for Stadiums
by Jason Scott May 2017
Many major sports stadiums are at least funded in part by taxpayer money. In addition to providing the public with a space to watch their local teams, many of these deals are made with the presumption that these sports venues stir economic activity.
- U. of New Mexico Allegedly Paid for Golf Trip for Donors
by Geoff Grammer May 2017
Questions, and controversy, continue to mount about a 2015 golf junket to Scotland in which the University of New Mexico used public funds to pay for three employees and three private donors.
- Microsoft Co-Founder to Fund Penn Concussion Study
by Stacey Burling May 2017
The foundation started by Microsoft Corp. co-founder Paul A. Allen and his sister, Jody, has given a $9.25 million, five-year grant to University of Pennsylvania researchers to study what happens to the brain at a cellular and network level when someone gets a concussion.
- Fundraiser Jumps on Goat Yoga Trend
by Alicia Petska May 2017
When Ella Stulce moved to shift into a warrior pose Sunday, she found herself sharing her yoga mat with two curious interlopers: a pair of fuzzy, brown-and-white speckled baby goats causally grazing at her feet.
- High Point U. President to Lead $38M Stadium Effort
by John Newsom May 2017
High Point University's president will lead the city's effort to build a minor-league baseball stadium and develop the surrounding area.