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New SIU president faces penalty if he leaves job early

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 12:04 Published in Local News
CARBONDALE, Ill. (AP) - The incoming president at Southern Illinois University will have the pay $250,000 if he leaves his new post within three and a half years.
 
That's according to a report by The Carbondale Southern Illinoisan.
 
The newspaper says there's a clause in Randy Dunn's four-year contract that requires him to reimburse the school.
 
Dunn is president of Youngstown State University in Ohio, but announced he was leaving the job after seven months.
 
SIU Board of Trustees Chairman Randal Thomas says the money covers the cost of another presidential search.
 
SIU's board last month hired Dunn to succeed Glenn Poshard, who has said he plans to step down from SIU's helm at the end of June.
 
Dunn has said he expects to begin work July 1.

Honor student who sued parents, returns home

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:20 Published in National News

 

ROSELAND, N.J. (AP) - The New Jersey honor student who sued to get her parents to support her after she moved out of their home has reunited with them.
 
The Star-Ledger of Newark reports that the lawyer representing Rachel Canning's parents said in a statement Wednesday that the 18-year-old's return is not contingent on any financial or other considerations.
 
A judge last week denied the teen's request for child support and to have her parents pay her remaining high school tuition. But the judge scheduled an April court date to consider the over-arching question of whether the Cannings are obligated to financially support their adult daughter.
 
Attorney Angelo Sarno says a news conference will be held outside the firm's office in Roseland at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

2 NYC buildings collapse in explosion, 2 dead

Wednesday, 12 March 2014 11:17 Published in National News

 

NEW YORK (AP) - An explosion has leveled two New York City apartment buildings, killing two people and injuring 17 others.
 
The New York Police Department says two females died in the East Harlem blast. No other information is available.
 
A utility company says a resident in a nearby building reported smelling gas shortly before the explosion Wednesday morning.
 
Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee says a resident from a building adjacent to the two that collapsed reported that he smelled gas inside his apartment, but thought the odor could be coming from outside.
 
He would not speculate on whether a gas leak caused the explosion.

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