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Morning Round-up January 18, 2007

Senate to consider bill on student loans AP
The debate over whether to cut interest rates on student loans is moving to the Senate after the House voted 356-71 on Wednesday to pass a bill cutting interest rates on need-based student loans in half, from 6.8 to 3.4 percent, over five years. Kennedy scheduled a Senate hearing for next week.

Plan to let parents track MySpace profiles met with skepticism
North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says the notification software "really doesn't do enough" to protect children. "You've got 10-, 11- and 12-year-old kids who are on the site — that's a problem. Parents are lulled into thinking that this is a safe site for children … but they are a mouse click away from predators and porn."

Ear tubes not needed to promote learning, study shows CNN.com
Implanting ear tubes in most toddlers with frequent infections will make no difference in their learning or behavior through primary school, according to a study challenging one big reason for these common procedures.

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