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Maui ponders its future as leaders consider restricting vacation rentals loved by tourists | KLRT [Video]

HONOLULU (AP) Alicia Humiston bought her condo in Lahaina after she visited Maui and fell for its rainforests, lava fields and the whales that gather offshore. She travels there about three times a year and rents out her unit for short periods when shes not in Hawaii. Maui was my dream place, she said []

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Operation Familia’ evacuees help those who lost their homes [Video]

ALYSSA. YEAH. DARLENE. DOUG. WELL, THE VILLAGE OF RUIDOSO AND RED CROSS ARE WORKING TOGETHER TO GET THIS STARTED. WE DO SEE SOME OF THE BATHROOMS HAVE ALREADY BEEN SET UP, AS WELL AS SOME HOUSING TRAILERS OVER HERE. IT SEEMS LIKE THEYRE ABLE TO HOLD ROOMS OF ABOUT FIVE. BUT AGAIN, WE ALSO SPOKE TO EVACUEES WHO ARE ABLE TO GO HOME EARLIER TODAY. SO WHEN YOURE WALKING AWAY FROM YOUR HOUSE WONDERING IF IS THAT THE LAST TIME WE GET TO SEE OUR HOUSE, CHRIS MENDOZA REMEMBERS WHAT IT WAS LIKE EVACUATE WITH THOUSANDS OF OTHERS NOT KNOWING WHAT WOULD BE LEFT OF THEIR HOMES. WE STOPPED IN HONDO AND THATS WHEN WE REALIZED THAT, SORRY, WE WERE TAKING THE FOOD TRUCK. CAN. IT WAS TIME TO HELP BOTH MENDOZA AND ONE OF HIS FAMILY MEMBERS FOUND THEIR HOUSE IS STILL STANDING. THAT BREATH OF RELIEF. UM. SO MANY OF OUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY DONT GET THAT BREATH OF RELIEF RIGHT NOW. SO IT WAS NICE TO JUST BE ABLE TO BE OKAY. WERE OKAY. SO NOW WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP OUT? BUT LIKE HIDALGO, SOME STILL HAVE TO WAIT. THERES STILL A LOT OF MISCOMMUNICATION ON ABOUT RETURNING. UM, THEY TOLD US COME HOME AND THEN THEYRE BLOCKING US FROM GOING HOME. AND EVEN THOUGH THEYRE DEALING WITH ROADBLOCKS, THIS FAMILY SAYS THEYRE RETURNING THEIR GOOD FORTUNE AND PAYING IT BACK IN OPERATION FAMILIA. I WAS CALLED TO DO IT, I GUESS. SO IM GOING TO KEEP DOING IT AS LONG AS THEY KEEP FUNDING US. AND THEY ARE. ITS I CANT LIE THERE. SO WERE GOING TO KEEP IT UP. WERE GOING TO KEEP TRYING TO DO TACOS AND HOT DOGS UNTIL EVERYONE CAN GO TO THE STORE AND GO BACK TO WORK AND BE FINANCIALLY STABLE AGAIN. THIS INCLUDES DONATIONS LIKE CLOTHES. SO WE HAVE AWESOME FAMILY IN HOBBS AND ALL AROUND AND AS SOON AS THEY HEARD WE WERE ON FIRE, THEY JUMPED INTO ACTION. WEVE ALREADY GOTTEN RID OF ONE TRAILER FULL OF THINGS WATERS AND GATORADES, THINGS LIKE THAT, AND WE HAVE ANOTHER TRAILER COMING. AND SO WE HAVE PEOPLE THAT NEED IT. MANY MEMBERS OF THIS FAMILY PUTTING IN A HELPING HAND TO GET ALL THIS STUFF HERE, INCLUDING MULTIPLE TRIPS BACK AND FORTH, ABOUT SEVEN, ABOUT FIVE FROM HERE TO ROSWELL. UM, WEVE BEEN TRYING TO MAKE THE MOST OF ALL THE STUFF THAT WE HAVE BEEN GETTING. WEVE BEEN TRYING TO SPREAD IT OUT TO PEOPLE THAT ARE NEEDED AND NOT JUST THE DONATION CENTERS. A LOT OF PEOPLE GOT STRANDED. NO GAS, NO WAY OF COMMUNICATING. SO A LOT OF PEOPLE, UM, COULDNT EVEN GET TO THE DONATION CENTERS. AND THATS THE PEOPLE THAT WERE REALLY TRYING TO HIT THE FAMILY, TRYING TO GIVE THE COMMUNITY SOME HOPE. SOME SOME PEOPLE THINK, OH, WELL, THEY MIGHT NEED IT A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN ME OR WHATEVER, WHATEVER. BUT REALLY, IN REALITY, OUR TOWN IS IN NEED IN GENERAL. YOU KNOW, EVERYONE HAS BEEN MISPLACED. OPERATION FAMILIA PLANS TO CONTINUE TOMORROW IN THE CATTLE BARON PARKING LOT HERE IN RUIDOSO. TO GIVING OUT FOOD AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT ANYBO

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Family hoping to get dog back from Chattanooga dog rescue | Local News [Video]

The family claims A Paw and A Prayer Dog Rescue has their dog and will not give it back.

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Trump tries for umpteenth time to get classified documents case dismissed [Video]

There is increasing scrutiny of the Florida judge–a Donald Trump appointee–who is overseeing Trumps classified documents case, as the delays continue. This time, it was a hearing on Monday over the special counsels funding. Former acting solicitor general and MSNBC legal analyst Neal Katyal joins Joy Reid to discuss.

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Courts halt parts of Biden’s student loan repayment plan [Video]

THOSE STORIES RIGHT NOW ON MATTER OF FACT. COLLEGE IN THE UNITED STATES IS EXPENSIVE. TUITION AT A PUBLIC UNIVERSITY AVERAGES ABOUT $26,000 A YEAR FOR A PRIVATE COLLEGE, ITS $38,000. INCREASINGLY, MIDDLE CLASS FAMILIES ARE FINDING THEMSELVES IN A BIND. THEY MAKE TOO MUCH MONEY TO QUALIFY FOR FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE, AND RECENT CHANGES TO FEDERAL STUDENT AID ROLLS BACK SOME OF THE HELP THEY COULD GET, BUT THEY DONT MAKE ENOUGH TO AFFORD TUITION. WELL, NOW SOME COLLEGES ARE LOOKING FOR A WAY TO HELP STUDENTS PAY FOR COLLEGE WITHOUT TAKING ON CRIPPLING DEBT. I RECENTLY TRAVELED TO MARSHALL UNIVERSITY IN WEST VIRGINIA, WHERE THEYRE LAUNCHING A PILOT PROGRAM THAT THEY HOPE WILL ONE DAY LEAD TO STUDENTS NOT NEEDING LOANS. MIKE ALI SPENDS A LOT OF TIME IN HIS CAR. HES A COLLEGE FRESHMAN AND COMMUTES FIVE DAYS A WEEK FOR 40 MINUTES EACH WAY FROM HIS CHILDHOOD HOME IN WINFIELD, WEST VIRGINIA, TO MARSHALL UNIVERSITY. IVE REALLY ENJOYED WORKING WITH THE PROFESSORS AND JUST LIKE BEING IN A ITS A VERY THE CLASSROOM SETTING IS MUCH MORE RELAXED. HES STUDYING PSYCHOLOGY AND HAS PLANS TO GO TO MED SCHOOL, HOPEFULLY TO WORK IN CLINICAL PSYCHIATRY IN A HOSPITAL, OR MAYBE EVEN OPEN UP. YOU KNOW, A PRIVATE PRACTICE. THATS MY DREAM. BUT ITS A DREAM MIKE WASNT ALWAYS SURE WOULD BECOME A REALITY BECAUSE OF THE PRICE TAG. MARSHALL UNIVERSITY ESTIMATES THAT AN IN-STATE STUDENT LIVING ON CAMPUS WILL SPEND ABOUT $28,000. THEIR FRESHMAN YEAR. THAT INCLUDES BOOKS, MEALS, HOUSING, AND TUITION, AND MARSHALL IS ONE OF THE MOST AFFORDABLE UNIVERSITIES IN THE COUNTRY TO SAVE MONEY, MIKE LIVES AT HOME WITH HIS PARENTS AND TWO SIBLINGS. IM THE OLDEST. IVE ALWAYS FELT LIKE IVE HAD TO BE, YOU KNOW, HAVE EVERYTHING LOCKED IN. I FIGURED OUT WHAT I WANTED TO DO AND THEN I HAD TO FIGURE OUT HOW I WAS GOING TO GET THERE. AND I REMEMBER EVEN TAKING A PERSONAL FINANCE CLASS, UH, AND THERE WAS AN ASSIGNMENT REGARDING, LIKE, LOOKING UP YOUR COLLEGE, YOUR DREAM COLLEGES, AND THEN, LIKE, HOW MUCH IT WOULD COST TO GO THERE. AND JUST SEEING THOSE NUMBERS OF EVEN A PLACE LIKE THIS, I, I WAS LIKE, OH, I, I HAD HONESTLY DIDNT KNOW EXACTLY HOW I WAS GOING TO BE ABLE TO PULL IT OFF. ARE YOUR PARENTS MIDDLE CLASS? IS THAT HOW YOU DESCRIBE THEM? WE ARE MIDDLE CLASS IS ABOUT AS MIDDLE OF THE ROAD AS YOU CAN GET. ACCORDING TO THE US DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION, ROUGHLY 45 MILLION AMERICANS HAVE STUDENT LOAN DEBT AND ON AVERAGE, MIDDLE CLASS BORROWERS OWE $45,000 A PIECE. WHEN YOU INTERVIEW THE FAMILIES AND THE STUDENTS WHO ARE CONSIDERING COLLEGE, THE NUMBER ONE CONCERN THEY HAVE IS AFFORDABILITY. BRAD SMITH IS THE PRESIDENT OF MARSHALL UNIVERSITY. HIS GOAL IS TO HAVE EVERY STUDENT AT MARSHALL GRADUATE WITH ZERO DEBT IN TEN YEARS. WHATS THE NUMBER ONE REASON WHY SOMEONE CHOOSES TO GO TO COLLEGE OR NOT? AND WE KNOW THE COLLEGE GOING RATE IS DECLINING AT 12% A YEAR ACROSS THE NATION. SO A PROBLEM IF YOURE A COLLEGE PRESIDENT. HUGE PROBLEM. AND ITS A HUGE PROBLEM FOR THE NATION. BECAUSE IF YOU THINK ABOUT THE ECONOMY TODAY, IN THE 21ST CENTURY, WE NEED PEOPLE WHO HAVE THE SKILLS AND CAPABILITIES AND THE CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS TO NAVIGATE THE UNCERTAINTY AROUND US. THE MARSHALL FOR ALL PROGRAM, LAUNCHED IN THE FALL OF 2023, IS BASED ON THEIR FINANCIAL NEED. 100 STUDENTS WERE RANDOMLY SELECTED AND GIVEN THE CHANCE TO GO TO SCHOOL FOR FREE IN EXCHANGE, THEY HAVE TO COMPLETE AN INTERNSHIP, ATTEND WORK, STUDY, OR HAVE A JOB, AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, COMPLETE A FINANCIAL LITERACY COURSE. COLLEGE DEBT, WHICH IS CAUSING MANY YOUNG PEOPLE TO PUT OFF BUYING A HOME AND HAVING CHILDREN, IS A FOCUS OF SEVERAL COLLEGE PRESIDENTS. I SAW WHAT WAS HAPPENING AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY UNDER THE FORMER PRESIDENT CHRISTINA JOHNSON, AND SHE WAS LOOKING AT SOMETHING WHICH WOULD FIND A WAY TO HAVE STUDENTS COME IN, ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN THE SYSTEM, AND ULTIMATELY GRADUATE WITH NO DEBT. CHRISTINE JOHNSON WAS PRESIDENT OF OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY FROM 2020 TO 2023. SHE SAYS THAT COLLABORATION FROM ALL PARTIES IS REQUIRED FOR A DEBT AVOIDANCE PROGRAM TO WORK. ITS A COALITION OUTSIDE THE UNIVERSITY, BUT ITS ALSO A COALITION INSIDE THE UNIVERSITY. SO YOUVE GOT A FINANCIAL AID WORKING WITH ACADEMIC AFFAIRS AND ALSO WORKING WITH ADMISSIONS. THEY ALL HAVE TO COME TOGETHER AND COLLABORATE AND THEN ALSO WITH THE PHILANTHROPY PIECE, IF THEYRE ALL IN THE SAME TEAM, YOU CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN AT MARSHALL, THE PILOT PROGRAM IS FUNDED IN PART BY A PRIVATE. $2 MILLION DONATION, EXCEPT ITS STUDENTS MUST FIRST APPLY FOR FEDERAL STUDENT AID. FROM THERE, THEY WORK WITH ADVISORS LIKE JENNIFER JIMISON TO FIGURE OUT THE REST. HEY, HEY, MIKE. WHAT ARE YOU DOING? JENNIFER? FACTORS IN SCHOLARSHIPS, WORK STUDY GRANTS, AND FINANCIAL AID. IF THERES A BALANCE, THATS IF THERES A BALANCE DUE. THATS WHEN THE GIFTED FUNDS KICK IN. BEING ABLE TO JUST STUDY AND NOT HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT, YOU KNOW, THE ROOM, THEIR BOARD, THEIR BOOKS, THEIR TUITION. YOU KNOW, ITS ITS VERY HELPFUL FOR MIKE GETTING INTO MARSHALL FOR ALL HAS BEEN LIFE CHANGING. IT GIVES ME THE ABILITY TO DO THE THINGS THAT I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE. FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. HOW BIG OF A RELIEF IS IT TO KNOW THAT YOURE GOING TO COME OUT OF COLLEGE OWING ZERO? LIKE, LIKE THE HEAVIEST WEIGHT LIFTED OFF OF MY SHOULDERS? IT IS ABSOLUTELY UNREAL. IT IS THE BIGGEST RELIEF. AT LEAST 37 COLLEGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY ARE CONSIDERING SIMILAR