Leigh Jones

Leigh lives in Houston with her husband and daughter. She is the news editor for The World and Everything in It and reports on education for WORLD Digital.

Associated Press/Photo by Julio Cortez

Walmart rolls back college costs

Education | The nation’s largest retailer becomes the biggest private company to offer low-wage workers a higher education benefit
by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/13/18, 01:51 pm

Walmart unveiled a plan last month to help its associates earn a college degree—for the ridiculously low rollback price of $1 a day. Although not the first U.S. employer to offer a college partnership program, it’s the largest. It’s also one of the only companies to offer the benefit to entry-level employees who might not otherwise have a chance to further their education and improve their job prospects.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Hussein Malla

Watchdog confirms sarin, chlorine used in Syria

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/13/18, 12:34 pm

Syrians “very likely” suffered from attacks using the nerve agent sarin and the toxic chemical chlorine in early 2017, according to findings released by the global chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday. The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons did not investigate who launched the attack in Hama province, but intelligence analysts have blamed Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces for all attacks involving chemical agents.

Read more

Associated Press/Photo by Charles Rex Arbogast (file)

Primaries set ballots in key House, Senate battles

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/13/18, 09:06 am

Five states held primaries on Tuesday, setting the ballot in several races that could play a significant role in determining which party gains control of the U.S. House in November. In one of the most surprising results, incumbent Rep. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., lost his seat in a bitter primary battle centered on support for President Donald Trump, or lack thereof. Trump tweeted his disdain for Sanford, one of the president’s vocal critics, just hours before the polls closed Tuesday. During the campaign, state Rep.

Read more