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KU Grad Students Worried About Cuts

Associated Press - March 17, 2014 7:12 am

Researchers at the University of Kansas are experimenting with using a blue light to help law enforcement officers nab red-light runners. Here's how the system works: Blue lights come on when traffic signals turns red, providing a visual clue to officers. The university says the blue light is visible from 360 degrees. That way even if officers can't directly see the traffic signal change, they can still know that a motorist ran a red light. Blue confirmation light systems are being installed at two intersections in Lawrence and two in Overland Park. Researchers from the university's School of Engineering will monitor the system's effectiveness during the next six months. Funding for the project comes from the Kansas Department of Transportation and the Mid-America Transportation Center.

Some graduate students at the University of Kansas are concerned about a proposal that would cut back the number of hours they are allowed to work on campus because of questions about health care reform.

The discussion is still in its early stages because of unknowns in the Affordable Care Act about how the law applies to graduate students, many of whom say limiting them to 20 hours of work would cut deeply into already tight resources.

A spokesman for the university says the school is still trying to determine how the law affects graduate students and how much it would cost to insure them.

The university’s public affairs office says the school employed about 1,100 teaching assistants and 640 research assistants in 2013.

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Information from: Lawrence Journal-World

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