Laura Edghill

Laura Edghill is a freelance writer, church communications director, and public school board member living in Clinton Township, Mich., with her engineer husband and three sons. She is a graduate of the WORLD Journalism Institute's mid-career course. Follow Laura on Twitter @LTEdghill.

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Sham universities create student visa loopholes terrorists could exploit

Immigration
by Laura Edghill
Posted 2/06/15, 10:40 am

Immigrant student Bhanu Challa unexpectedly traded her anticipated diploma for handcuffs in 2011, during a federal crack-down on universities suspected of visa fraud.

“I was blank, totally blank … ,” Challa said, recalling her shock. “I didn't know what to do, who I could approach.”

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Business classes transform inmates into CEOs

Prison
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/23/15, 04:23 pm

Richard Chavez Jr. has an ambitious business plan. He seeks $50,000 in seed money for a proposed mobile youth counseling center set to launch in 2020. It could be earlier if he gets paroled.

Chavez is serving an eight-year sentence in a Texas prison for aggravated assault. While incarcerated, though, he is participating in a unique program designed to encourage prisoner reform and reduce recidivism through the teaching of business concepts.

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Delaying the separation anxiety: Mom and Dad move to college

Higher Education
by Laura Edghill
Posted 1/14/15, 10:55 am

The latest trend in helicopter parenting has arrived. 

Lori Osterberg and her husband recently moved from Denver to Portland, Ore., to live with their daughter while she attends college.

The couple considered moving just for the adventure, but ultimately decided their adventure would be to house and support their daughter as she pursues her degree.

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