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Keystone XL Pipeline approved in House, moves on to Senate

The House of Representatives voted to pass a bill approving the Key Stone XL Pipeline on Friday, Nov. 14th. According to a Fox News article, the official vote was 252-161. Although the Key Stone XL Pipeline is largely supported by Republicans, 31 Democrats voted in favor. With this approval in the House, the bill will be sent to the Senate and will be voted on next week. This issue has been delayed for the past six years due to environmental concerns, but if passed could provide thousands of jobs and a domestic source of oil for the U.S. If the bill passes in the Senate, it will be up to President Obama to approve or veto it.

All fraternity and sorority activities suspended after death of UWV student

A University of West Virginia student was found without a pulse at a fraternity house, a Fox News article indicated. Nolan Michael Burch, a freshman at the university, died on Nov. 14th while being treated at the institution’s Ruby Memorial Hospital. Morgantown police confirmed that they were called to the Kappa Sigma house for alcohol-related reasons, but did not say if alcohol had anything to do with the death of Burch. However, they say they have reason to believe that Burch had been challenged to drinking large quantities of alcohol. Since this incident, all fraternity and sorority activities on campus have been suspended.

Surgeon to be treated for Ebola in Nebraska

A surgeon who was working in Sierra Leone left for the U.S. on Nov. 15th to be treated for Ebola. Dr. Martin Salia, will be the third Ebola patient to be treated at the Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, according to ABC News. When Salia started exhibiting symptoms he thought he had typhoid fever or malaria, having tested negative for Ebola twice. The hospital released a statement saying that he was in stable enough condition to make the trip to Omaha, but is “possibly sicker than the first patients successfully treated in the United States.” Salia is a citizen of Sierra Leone, but lives in Maryland as a permanent U.S. resident. His wife said he travels between the U.S. and Sierra Leone frequently, but never stays in the U.S. long because he knows he is needed back in Africa.

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