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Alaska Supreme Court hears arguments in education funding lawsuit

first_imgEducation | Local Government | State GovernmentAlaska Supreme Court hears arguments in education funding lawsuitSeptember 16, 2015 by Maria Dudzak, KRBD Share:Oral arguments were presented Wednesday in the ongoing case over education funding. The lawsuit was initially filed by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough in Superior Court about a year and a half ago and is reaching the final stretch at the Alaska Supreme Court in Anchorage.The Ketchikan Gateway Borough’s position is that the state mandate requiring boroughs and first-class cities to fund a minimum level for local schools, but not unincorporated areas, is unfair.The state argued that the required local contribution isn’t state revenue and that the statute only requires local funding – not necessarily a local property tax.In January, Superior Court Judge William Carey agreed with the borough, in part. He ruled that municipalities should not be required to pay for public education because the required local contribution is essentially a tax earmarked for a special purpose. He said that violates the Alaska Constitution.Shortly after Cary’s decision, state attorneys filed an appeal with the Supreme Court. It agreed to take the case and to put Carey’s ruling on hold until the appeal is decided.The borough filed a cross-appeal asking the Supreme Court to review other points that Carey denied to the borough. That includes whether the borough is entitled to a refund of last year’s required local contribution — about $4.5 million.Kathryn Vogel argued on behalf of the state. She said Alaska law requires a local contribution for education funding, and it does not violate the constitution’s dedicated funds prohibition.Justice Daniel Winfree said it’s difficult to make a decision without knowing the parameters of the state’s constitutional obligation to establish and maintain a school system. Another question is whether the constitution allows the state to require local contributions in order to determine if there has been a dedication of funds.“The limits of the state’s obligation to place responsibilities on local communities is decided under other provisions of the Constitution,” Vogel said.Chief Justice Craig Stowers rephrased the question to Vogel.“If in fact, or if in law, it turns out that the State is required to fully fund education, then the mechanism that the state uses to require individual boroughs and municipalities to provide some of the funding, that might be a dedicated fund source. If that’s the case, don’t we need to know the answer to the question Justice Winfree asks, ‘Does the state have an obligation to fully fund state education.’”Vogel said the state is arguing there hasn’t been a challenge until now or a complete briefing on what level of funding obligation the state has.“That is necessary to find the required local contribution unconstitutional on the theory that it is somehow state money because it’s funding something that the state ought to be funding,” she said.She argues there is not enough evidence to change the current funding structure. She said though the state is required to fund education, that does not mean it has to provide every dollar.Louisiana Cutler spoke on behalf of the borough. She said the case is not about how much funding the state has to provide to fulfill its constitutional duty and the borough is not arguing that municipalities should not provide some funding. Cutler said it’s about fairness.“And the argument is that the mechanism that the state has chosen to require a certain amount of funding be sent directly to school districts is unconstitutional under the anti-dedication clause, the appropriation clause and the veto clause,” Cutler said.Justice Joel Bolger asked whether it matters that the contribution is dedicated, since funding benefits the community where the property taxes are collected. Cutler acknowledges the funds remain in the community, but municipalities have no control over how the money is spent.“Yes, obviously the constituents of the borough and of the school district are the same, but what really irks the constituents of the borough, my clients who are the taxpayer appellees in this case, is that they can’t complain about it to their local representatives,” she said.Justice Stowers thanked both parties and said the court will issue an opinion at a later time.It could be several months before the Supreme Court reaches a decision, but ideally a ruling would be announced prior to the next legislative session. That way, everyone would know whether or not the state needs a whole new education funding system.Editor’s note: We’ve removed a reference to former Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe. Share this story:last_img read more

Diana Hernández: Promoting better health through better housing

first_imgHealthDiana Hernández: Promoting better health through better housing Diana Hernández is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. Molly Ferguson for STAT Karen Weintraub is an independenthealth/sciencejournalist, journalism teacher, and bookauthor. Tags Health Disparitiesinfectious diseasepovertysmoking The federal government last month proposed banning smoking in public housing units nationwide. Based on your research, what’s the best way to enforce that policy?The stress of everyday life of the poor leads them to smoke. So you have to make [the policy] resident-centered and think about why are people not compliant. They may have other health issues, so going outside is not convenient.You also study people who can’t afford to keep the lights on. What can be done about this energy insecurity?We shouldn’t live in a society where a basic need like light would be determined by someone’s socioeconomic status. We have a bunch of people who live in the dark and light candles.Have you ever faced a housing problem yourself?I don’t know that any of us has been spared. During a gut renovation I lived without gas for seven months. I couldn’t cook. There was a time when we only had cold water. [Housing problems are] more pronounced in low-income housing settings, but a lot of the issues appear across the board.You now own seven rental properties in your neighborhood. Has ownership turned out to be a good business venture?Sure has! I supplement my income as a professor. I live for free. Some of my tenants have moved on to buy their own property. I’m ready to buy another one.The tabloids aren’t going to “out” you as a slumlord, right? Not at all. To me, this is about having people live with dignity. I can’t talk about that in my work and then profit from that. I wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.How do you keep your units well maintained when other owners say they can’t afford to?I temper my greed. It’s a human thing to want more — and I do, of course. At some point, I want to be a multimillionaire because I develop properties that are worth that. But I really believe in the model of conscious capitalism. We can really do well by society, in my case by my tenants, and also live well.Do you think your modest upbringings shaped this view?Having nothing to lose really does open up so many possibilities for what you can gain.Diana Hernández is an assistant professor of sociomedical sciences at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. This interview has been edited and condensed. Why do you think it’s essential to study health in the context of the social environment?The populations I’m looking at are very low-income, in low-resourced settings. The disadvantages are already happening at the neighborhood level, in the household, and among individuals. It’s commonplace to have someone who is obese, diabetic, hypertensive, has some predisposition to cancer, demonstrating signs of psychosocial stress.This past summer, there was an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia, on a block you walk down every day. Why do you think you escaped infection when so many others fell ill or even died?The population here is already vulnerable. Their health is already compromised. I was able to breathe in the same air and not [get sick].advertisement About the Author Reprints By Karen Weintraub Dec. 5, 2015 Reprints Growing up in public housing in the South Bronx, Diana Hernández learned firsthand about the connection between poverty, living arrangements, and bad health. A sociologist at Columbia University, Hernández now studies these interrelationships in her native neighborhood where she continues to live today.STAT caught up with her about smoking bans, becoming a landlord, and how she avoided catching Legionnaires’ disease.Presumably, Columbia pays you well enough that you don’t have to live in the Bronx, the unhealthiest county in New York State. Why do you stay? I grew up in this neighborhood. In so many ways it’s shaped who I am and why I’m a professor.advertisement Karen Weintraub @kweintraub last_img read more

SIFMA supports bonus disclosure proposal

James Langton The U.S. securities industry lobby group, the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA), says that it supports a regulatory proposal that would require brokers to inform clients about extra compensation they may receive after being recruited to a new firm, where a potential conflict exists. The proposed rule from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) would require a firm that provides “enhanced compensation” in connection with recruiting a rep to join the firm to disclose the details of the enhanced compensation to any former client who is solicited to move to the new firm, or seeks to transfer to the new firm. The enhanced compensation would include things such as signing bonuses, loans, accelerated payouts, transition assistance and similar arrangements. Incentive conflicts, regulatory burdens on AMF agenda SIFMA submitted a comment letter to FINRA Tuesday in response to the proposed rule, which says it believes that disclosure of enhanced compensation, when a potential conflict of interest exists, should be the centerpiece of the proposed rule. It says that it supports “disclosure of information that is sufficient to inform an investor of the potential conflicts of interest when it may arise in connection with recruiting-related bonus payments.” The letter notes that the potential conflict identified in the FINRA proposal arises where a registered rep will receive enhanced compensation for hitting increased commission targets, which could motivate the rep to engage in trading activity that generates commissions, but is not necessarily in the clients’ interest. “In the context of recruiting-related bonus payments, the most important and relevant information for the client is to understand the potential conflict associated with the payment. That is the answer to, ‘Why are you telling me this?’ Once the client understands the practical and personal import of the potential conflicts, the client can then make an informed decision about whether to switch firms with their broker,” it says. SIFMA also says that it believes that, “at key moments in the investment process, investors need clear, targeted and understandable disclosure on key factors to make properly informed investment decisions”; and, that simple, plain-English disclosures permit investors to make informed choices. “A tenet of a uniform fiduciary standard of care for both registered representatives and registered investment advisors is necessary and adequate disclosure,” said Ira Hammerman, senior managing director and general counsel of SIFMA. “Investors should know up front about any potential conflicts of interest, and those disclosures should be in clear, plain English.” Keywords Conflicts of interest,  Compensation plansCompanies Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BFI investors plead for firm’s sale Related news IIROC sanctions rep over undisclosed real estate dealings read more

Saving for retirement not top priority

first_img Survey finds Canadians aren’t sure how much they’ll need for retirement Keywords RetirementCompanies CIBC Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Saving for retirement isn’t a top priority for Canadians, according to a CIBC poll, which also offers insight that potentially explains why.When asked about financial priorities heading into the new year, only 6% of poll respondents cited saving for retirement. In fact, saving for a vacation was slightly more popular among respondents (7%). A see through piggy bank with money coins pogonici/123RF Instead, the No. 1 financial priority was paying down debt, cited by 26% of respondents, and the potential culprit keeping Canadians from focusing on savings.While paying down debt tops the list of priorities for the ninth consecutive year, it might be particularly significant this year: almost one-third of respondents (29%) say they’ve taken on more debt in the past year to cover such things as daily expenses, new cars or home renovations. The top sources of debt are credit cards (45% of respondents), mortgages (31%), car loans (23%), lines of credit (22%) and personal loans (11%).On a positive note, more than a quarter of Canadians say they have no debt (28%); however, that doesn’t necessarily translate to increased saving and investing. Only 12% of survey respondents said growing wealth was a financial priority. Further, 63% worry that the extended bull run is coming to a close — a perception that might tempt them to unwisely pull back on savings and buckle down on debt.“There’s rarely enough money to do everything, so it’s critical to make the most of the money you earn by prioritizing both sides of your balance sheet — not debt or savings, but both,” says Jamie Golombek, managing director, tax and estate planning, with CIBC Financial Planning and Advice, in a release.While being debt-free might help clients sleep better at night in the short term, says Golombek, it may cost more in the long run when missed savings and tax-sheltered growth are considered.In addition to having client discussions about saving for retirement, advisors might want to address other issues weighing on clients’ minds. The poll finds that Canadians are most concerned in 2019 about inflation (64%), a low loonie (34%) and rising rates (31%). Earnings surge for Great-West Lifeco in Q4 Snowbirds win legal battle to reinstate out-of-province medical coverage IE StaffCanadian Press Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

St. Elizabeth Takes Top Honours at 4-H Achievement Day

first_imgSt. Elizabeth Takes Top Honours at 4-H Achievement Day UncategorizedMay 2, 2006 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail St. Elizabeth emerged the top parish in this year’s 4-H National Achievement Day, walking away with the coveted Senator Norman Washington Grant Shield.With a score of 1,423.6 points, the parish won over second place Portland, which had 1,373.1 points, while St. Mary was a close third with 1,350.5 points.The achievement day, which was held on April 28 at the Denbigh Agricultural Showground in Clarendon under the theme: ‘Creating wealth through youth development,’ saw some 400 clubbites from across the island competing for top honours in 19 competition events.These included cake baking, meal preparation, sandwich making, skirt making, agro-processing, table setting, budding and grafting, composting and potting, rabbit care and management, application and management of farm machinery, poultry care and management, cattle judging, environmental challenge, trash to cash, school garden, public speaking, parish project work display and boy and girl of the year.The parish’s victory was secured with first places by Nickiesha Richards, Jody Ann Watson, and Andia Allwood in the categories of sandwich making, table setting, composting and potting, respectively, while Amaine Morgan placed second in cattle care and management, and Charnelle Smith also took second place in the trash to cash category. Carlington Smith tied with Garric Scott of St. Catherine for second place in the public speaking competition.The parish also racked up two third places in poultry care and management and the environmental challenge junior category.Carol Richards, 4-H Parish Development Officer for St. Elizabeth, told JIS News that the clubbities worked hard for the victory and were very pleased. “It was a team effort and we ensured that all our competitors were ready. We are definitely going back for first place next year,” she said.Ms. Richards thanked all those who were a part of the preparatory process including the teachers and students of Sydney Pagon Agricultural High School, St. Elizabeth Technical High School, Black River High School, Lacovia High, Leeds All-age, Nain Primary and Junior High, Santa Cruz Primary and Junior High, and Pepper All-age.Girl of the Year is 19 year-old Petragaye Morris, President of the Lauriston and Thompson Pen 4-H Community Clubs in St. Catherine, who told JIS News that she was happy to have won.“I’m not surprised but I’m happy. I knew that my high self esteem and my knowledge of the 4-H Clubs would have gained me the ‘Girl of the Year’ title. I really enjoy the training that 4-H has to offer. All the various training programmes allow you to be independent in one way or another. You learn to sew, bake cakes, you can become a wedding planner, and you gain leadership skills,” she said.Petragaye has dreams of becoming Prime Minister of Jamaica and said that the training and experience she has received in the 4-H Club would help to propel her to that goal. RelatedSt. Elizabeth Takes Top Honours at 4-H Achievement Day RelatedSt. Elizabeth Takes Top Honours at 4-H Achievement Daycenter_img RelatedSt. Elizabeth Takes Top Honours at 4-H Achievement Day Advertisementslast_img read more

Strong Early Childhood Foundation Will Help to Reduce Poverty- Henry Wilson

first_imgRelatedStrong Early Childhood Foundation Will Help to Reduce Poverty- Henry Wilson FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education and Youth, Hon. Maxine Henry Wilson, has said that the building of a strong foundation for early childhood education and development would help to reduce poverty in Jamaica.“Early childhood education, building a strong foundation, is going to be the basis on which we are going to break that inter-generational poverty where children are given that chance in life to optimize all of their talents,” the Minister said.She was addressing the official launch of the public education campaign on the Early Childhood Act, Regulations and Standards today (Jan. 24) at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston.The legislation, which comes into effect this year, requires that all institutions are registered. There are also new standards for quality delivery, which require that institutions meet building, health and safety requirements; allow adequate space for children; and facilitate the development of children and staff.Over the next three months, the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) in conjunction with Enhancement of Basic Schools Project (EBSP) will be conducting several training workshops across the island to sensitize the various early childhood practitioners and institutions about the new regulations and standards.Last month, early childhood education officers were educated about the Act and its regulations.Dr. Maureen Samms-Vaughn, Chairman of the ECC said that the launch of the education campaign “opens an important chapter in the chronicles of early childhood development in Jamaica”.She noted that the “last few years have been exciting as we have seen the passage of laws regarding early childhood development and today we are here to engage the public and to engage our advocates in this our public education campaign on the legal and regulatory framework”.Mr. Keith Samuda, project manager for EBSP, in his remarks, said that “these are exciting times in the early childhood sector as we seek to provide trained personnel and quality facilities in an enabling environment for our young”. Strong Early Childhood Foundation Will Help to Reduce Poverty- Henry Wilson UncategorizedJanuary 24, 2007 Advertisementscenter_img RelatedStrong Early Childhood Foundation Will Help to Reduce Poverty- Henry Wilson RelatedStrong Early Childhood Foundation Will Help to Reduce Poverty- Henry Wilsonlast_img read more

CU-Boulder Receives Top 25 Ranking By Sustainable Endowments Institute In Second Annual Report Card

first_img Published: Oct. 23, 2007 The University of Colorado at Boulder has been named one of the nation’s 25 most sustainable campuses by the Sustainable Endowments Institute, which today issued its 2008 College Sustainability Report Card evaluating campus sustainability policies at 200 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.The University of Colorado received an overall grade of B- and was designated a Campus Sustainability Leader. CU-Boulder won straight A’s in all campus operations and administrative categories including administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building and transportation.Of the top 25 universities, only Harvard and the universities of Washington and Vermont received A- scores. CU-Boulder is the only Big 12 school on the leaders list.”I am gratified by our presence among these national environmental leaders in higher education,” said G.P. “Bud” Peterson, chancellor of CU-Boulder. “We have a strong commitment to sustainability and the environment at all levels at our university. In the years to come I expect our campus to make even more strides in these and other areas and to be at the head of the class among American universities when it comes to sustainability.”The report assessed 39 indicators, from green building initiatives to recycling programs to endowment investment policies, and used an A to F letter-grading system to evaluate performance.”The Environmental Center is proud of the national recognition of CU’s sustainability leadership that comes from decades of hard work and the many partnerships and collaborations between students, faculty and the administration,” said David Newport, director of CU-Boulder’s Environmental Center. “This is a great honor and testament to forward-thinking CU leaders and students, past and present — and we’ll need even more in the future.”The report applauded the chancellors of all three CU campuses for signing a climate neutrality pledge for their campuses. The report also cited CU-Boulder’s student government for pledging climate neutrality in student-run buildings — making CU students the first in the nation to commit to this goal.The 2008 analysis is the second edition of the Report Card, which examines campus and endowment sustainability policies at 200 colleges and universities in the United States and Canada with the 200 largest endowments. The schools are located in 44 states, the District of Columbia and four Canadian provinces.The top 25 list includes Arizona State University, Carnegie Mellon University, Duke University, Harvard, MIT, Yale, Oregon State University, Pennsylvania State University, Santa Clara University and the universities of British Columbia, California, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, among others.Data collection for the report took place from June through September 2007. For the five sections related to campus management — administration, climate change and energy, food and recycling, green building and transportation — information was gathered first from publicly available documentation. Surveys then were sent to each school eliciting additional information. CU-Boulder was one of 176 schools that responded to the institute’s e-mailed survey.Policies were reviewed at 129 private institutions with $251 billion in combined endowment assets and at 71 public institutions with $92 billion in combined endowment assets. The total endowment assets of the schools equal more than $343 billion.The 200 schools evaluated include a mix of large and small institutions of higher education. Together they serve more than 4 million currently enrolled students.The purpose of the Report Card is to provide accessible information so that schools can learn from each other’s experiences, fostering more effective sustainability policies.The Report Card can be viewed on the Endowment Institute Web site at Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-maillast_img read more

November is Eat Jamaican Month

first_imgStory HighlightsThe 10th Anniversary of the ‘Eat What We Grow…Grow What We Eat’ campaign.Minister Clarke said the ‘Eat what we Grow…Grow what we Eat’ campaign should not be seen as a simplistic appeal.He encouraged all Jamaicans to play their part in responding to the appeal to plant and consume more local foods. RelatedEU Lauded for Support to Banana Industry November is Eat Jamaican MonthJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay RelatedCIB Reports 100% Increase in Cocoa Production RelatedAgro-Tourism Farmers’ Markets Launched In Resort Areas November has been designated ‘Eat Jamaican Month’ by the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries.The month-long series of events and public awareness campaign coincide with the 10th Anniversary of the ‘Eat What We Grow…Grow What We Eat’ campaign, which was launched in 2003 by the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, while addressing the recent World Food Day celebrations, said the ‘Eat what we Grow…Grow what we Eat’ campaign should not be seen as a simplistic appeal.It is a national call for action, he said, and encouraged all Jamaicans to play their part in responding to the appeal to plant and consume more local foods.“I believe that we all wish to see the day when we eat more of what we produce locally in order to reduce our huge food import bill, which now stands at some US$1 billion,” the Minister said.Meanwhile, President of the JAS, Senator Norman Grant, said he fully endorsed the ‘Eat Jamaican Month’ campaign, during which the JAS would collaborate with the Ministry and other stakeholders in several events.These include a Thanksgiving Church Service on Sunday, November 3, at the Portmore New Testament Church of God, Port Henderson, in St. Catherine; supermarket and media promotional activities; farmers’ markets; debate and seminar on food safety and food security; and a grand Eat Jamaican Exposition to be held under the patronage of the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, on the lawns of King’s House on Monday, November 25.center_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke (right), exchanges pleasantries with Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Representative for Jamaica, Bahamas and Belize, Dr. Jerome Thomas. Occasion was the World Food Day National Ceremony and Exhibition held on Wednesday, October16, at the Greater Portmore High School in St. Catherine. November is Eat Jamaican Month AgricultureNovember 1, 2013Written by: Judith A. Hunter FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Advertisementslast_img read more

A city in decline

first_img Daniel R. Davis says: 1 Comment Comments are closed. April 4, 2019 at 10:40 PM HomeFeaturedA city in decline Apr. 04, 2019 at 6:30 amFeaturedGovernmentletterOpinionPoliticsA city in declineGuest Author2 years agoletteropinion Editor:After reading yet another letter in your paper (April 2)  by ‘guest author’, and former mayor promoting at-large elections , it occurred to me, there seems to be a pattern of letters written by past and present SM mayors defending the current out of date electoral system that opposes district elections.    Though his op-ed is quite eloquent and well written with all the persuasive statistics, glittering generalities and logic to support his argument ,(as his past letters), it’s time for him and the others to stop trying to prop-up a desperate leadership that has out lived its original purpose that allowed it to get elected during difficult times in the ‘70’s .We are not the same city! One could imagine these dedicated supporters could be on the city payroll to help preserve this antiquated election system, but that’s an unlikely theory due to the huge costs so far to the city to defend itself against the ‘elections lawsuit’ estimated at between 10-20 $million. The decision to appeal last month will only add to these legal fees an unknown amount. These ‘guest authors’ (current and past mayors)  are like a group of desperate doctors trying to save a dying patient on life support , “try or do anything” they’re all saying, “what have we got to lose?”    Well!  most of us who’ve been following this 2-4yr. old story have time on our side. Another year to appeal and unknown millions from developers and the general fund to save this ‘dying patient’ is a terrible waste of human  and financial resources. Time to pull the plugStephen LancasterSanta MonicaTags :letteropinionshare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment A Tale of two FranksCross country runners depart from Santa Monica for a marathon a dayYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoColumnsOpinionYour Column HereBring Back Library ServicesGuest Author14 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoFeaturedNewsFeud deepens between Villanueva and Los Angeles officials over handling of Venice homelessClara Harter1 day agoColumnsFeaturedNewsOpinionWhat’s the Point?whats the pointGAY PRIDE MONTH IS HERE FOR ALL OF USDavid Pisarra2 days ago Yet you cite no real information to support your case…last_img read more

Flathead’s Connor Thomas Signs with Bobcats

first_imgBOZEMAN – Montana State football coach Rob Ash has announced the signing of Kalispell Flathead offensive lineman Connor Thomas.Thomas earned first team all-state honors on offense and defense as a junior and all-conference honors as a senior. He has also finished in the top three at the state wrestling tournament each year of high school and won the 2010 Class AA shot put title.Thomas joins his older brother, Tyler Thomas, who transferred to MSU from Oregon State in January. Tyler Thomas was dismissed from the OSU team after two alcohol-related incidents.Connor Thomas had given a verbal commitment to Oregon State last summer.Ash says Connor Thomas is an outstanding talent as an offensive lineman and has excellent balance, footwork and agility along with good size. Email Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more