BSR afternoon podcast for Thu. March 11, 2010

Betz Rund

Comin’ at you from the Franklin Hall Newsroom, it’s Thursday March 11th, I am Betz Rund and here’s what’s happening.

The Earth shook under the feet of Chile residents during the inauguration of new president Sebastian Pinera.

The first of three earthquakes hit Chile’s west cost, just south of Santiago at 9:39 am ET Thursday. According to the United States Geological Survey the quake was reported to have a magnitude of 6.9 with a second quake hitting 16 minutes later and a third 27 minutes after that.

This is the second series of quakes that has rocked Chile in less than three weeks.

According to CNN, The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said in a statement that “a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected” as a result of the quakes, and that there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii.

Researchers have estimated that the February 27th earthquake moved the city of Concepcion at least 10 feet to the west and Santiago about 11 inches to the west-southwest.

College students are always on the lookout for ways to save money on everything from food to tuition, and some universities are starting to lend a helping hand.

The University of Illinois will join a handful of colleges that will be offering three-year bachelor’s degrees.

The program is designed to help reduce the cost of tuition According to data from the U.S. Department of Education, the four-year graduation rate for first-time undergraduate who began their bachelor’s degrees in 2000-01 was 36.1%. The six-year rate was 57.5%.

Some universities argue that students will miss out on key courses

Now for quick look at the weather

Enjoy the sunshine while it lasts, lose the sweatshirts, but remember the umbrellas, today’s high is 64 with a chance of rain though out the weekend.

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From the Franklin Hall Newsroom, I am Betz Rund and that was your news in a nut shell