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Daily Debriefing

(10/06/09 2:00am)

Of the 18 state-run college savings plans in the United States, 16 have reported losses over the past year, according to The New York Times. More than a million families have invested in these state funds, which provide families with tuition credits to cover the cost of attending their state's public colleges and universities, effectively providing insurance against tuition increases. The current economic climate and rising tuition costs, however, have placed these pledges in jeopardy, according to The Times. Some states have developed contingency plans to cap the amount of money families would receive if the program is forced to shut down, The Times reported.


Past DMS dean weighs in on health care debate

(10/06/09 2:00am)

Unnecessary treatment and "misaligned" financial incentives are largely responsible for the poor state of the American health care system, according to former Dartmouth Medical School Dean John Baldwin, who recently stepped down as the president of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Baldwin outlined his ideas to improve the nation's health care system, including the addition of a public insurance option, in a discussion at the Thayer School of Engineering, on Monday.


Local house ‘makeover' revealed

(10/06/09 2:00am)

For the past three years, the 10 members of the Marshall family have lived in a three-bedroom house plagued by carbon monoxide leaks, mold and rotting wood. On Monday, the staff of ABC's "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" presented the family with a brand new 4,250 square-foot split-level home, constructed in eight days by volunteers from the Upper Valley, including Dartmouth students.