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Burlington College students seek to join donor's lawsuit

A group of Burlington College students want to join a lawsuit filed by a donor's estate alleging that the school misused scholarship funds.

Court papers say that former faculty member G. Jason Conway, who died in 2010, left the school $70,000 as an endowment for "deserving students."

An attorney for Conway's estate claimed in a Feb. 1 filing that the college committed fraud by using the endowment for expenses other than student scholarships. The estate is asking the court to void the endowment contract and impose punitive damages.

The Vermont Community Law Center said Wednesday it's representing four students who believe they could've benefited from the scholarships.

School officials said Thursday the college is working with the Conway estate to resolve the case.

St. Anselm students diagnosed with mumps cleared to return

Officials say the students who were diagnosed with the mumps at St. Anselm College in Manchester have been cleared to return to school.

The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services says it confirmed two cases in a lab and identified three other probable cases.

Of the five suspected cases, three students tested positive for the mumps and two others tested negative.

All of the cases involved members of the men's hockey team and all had received prior vaccinations. No other mumps cases have been diagnosed at the school.

Mumps case reported at University of Southern Maine

Health officials are investigating a case of mumps reported at the University of Southern Maine.

The Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday confirmed that a student has been diagnosed with mumps, the state's first case since 2013.

School spokesman Bob Stein says the student lives off campus and that the school contacted 155 students who might have come into contact with the student. Four have not been vaccinated. Blood tests showed that three of the four do not have mumps.

Officials say the student is no longer considered contagious and has been cleared to return to classes.

A CDC spokesman says the state is investigating a possible link between the case in Maine and a mumps outbreak at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire.

Raccoon found near park restroom infected with rabies

The National Park Service is posting signs at Acadia National Park after confirming that it found a dead raccoon infected with rabies.

The raccoon was found near the restroom at Sieur de Monts Springs, a popular area inside the park. The area remains open to the public, but visitors are warned to be alert to wildlife that appears sick, aggressive, or uncoordinated.

Rabies in people is very rare in the United States, but it is common in wildlife. In Maine, the most commonly infected animals are raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes.

Rabies spread to Maine in the mid-1990s, and the first confirmed case of a rabid raccoon on Mount Desert Island was in 2001. Reports of rabid animals have occurred in Maine every year since.

– The Associated Press


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