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Biggest lure for Amazon to Virginia may be campus, not cash

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — As he assessed his state's winning effort to lure 25,000 Amazon jobs to northern Virginia, Gov. Ralph Northam said the key may not have been the hundreds of millions of dollars that were promised if the company delivered on its job-creation promises — indeed, many states offered much richer incentive packages. (Virginia Tech President Tim Sands speaks at the school's announcement of a 1 million square-foot technology focused campus in Alexandria, Va., to build one of it's two new headquarters, Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. The project was cited as a key reason Amazon selected Virginia for a new headquarters. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)) Instead, he said what made Virginia's bid di

Oklahoma high school students leveraging free-tuition programs

Oklahoma high school students are growing more savvy when it comes to earning college credit tuition-free, according to two reports presented Thursday to the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. The fall 2018 preliminary enrollment report shows the number of students taking college credit courses while still in high school continues to grow. The concurrent enrollment head count at public institutions is 10,569, an increase of 147 students from fall 2017. The credit hours they are earning also is up by 2.4 percent to 55,235. Concurrent students on average are taking about five credit hours this semester. The program, which began in 2005, is available to qualified juniors and seniors.

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