GALESBURG—Lakeesha Smith will attend a pre-trial conference on Feb. 4, with a full trial likely starting a few weeks later, for her role in the hit-and-run incident that killed Knox student Tundun Lawani ’14. Smith is facing over 30 years if found guilty. Her request for a reduction of bond to $25, 000 has also been denied. (Source: WGIL)
GALESBURG— Knox College’s tuition, fees, room and board is rising to $47,352 for the 2013-2014 school year. This is up from a cost of $44,717 this year. This is an increase of 5.9%. (Source: The Office of Financial Aid)
WASHINGTON—The federal government is approaching its legal borrowing limit and congressional Republicans are calling on the government to cut spending before agreeing to raise the limit. President Obama warned that failure to make a deal might lead to government workers not being paid and Social Security recipients not seeing their benefits. The goverment technically hit its debt limit on Dec. 31 but the Treasury department has deployed a variety of methods to keep the government funded. These will only last until roughly mid-February. (Source: The Wall Street Journal)
PARIS—France announced plans to deploy 2,500 soldiers to Mali in an effort to prop up the government against attacks from Islamist rebels who control the country’s north. This will include forces from the elite Foreign Legion. Mali’s African neighbors also announced plans to send several thousands troops to assist the French efforts. Mali was formerly a colony of France. (Source: The Telegraph)
ISLAMABAD—The Supreme Court of Pakistan issued an arrest warrant for the country’s prime minister. Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf is accused of accepting kickbacks from his time as minister for water and electricity. The move will likely strengthen the anti-corruption campaign of the controversial cleric Tahir ul Qadri, whose supporters are protesting in central Islamabad (Source: CNN)
Please note that the figure for the 2012-2013 comprehensive free was updated to reflect the $293 accident fee that was also part of tuition.