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Friday Good News Roundup: November 18, 2016

Friday Good News Roundup: November 18, 2016

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In case you’re craving some good news going into the weekend: pushy moms in New York are helping underprivileged students get into four-year colleges; Burlington is America’s first all-renewable-energy city; and Facebook’s new social good forum lets you easily donate to people or communities in need.

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1. CBS This Morning: “Pushy moms” help underprivileged students get into college.

For low-income students, getting the guidance they need to apply for and get into four-year colleges is difficult. A group of  “pushy moms” in New York work with students to help them achieve their college goals.

2. Investors.com: For the first time since 2014, retail sales jump.

The Commerce Department announced retail sales jumped .8% in October. These gains are a good sign for the U.S. economy and retail stocks, though some retailers did fall after reporting their earnings on Tuesday.

3. Politico: Burlington, Vermont is America’s first all-renewable-energy city.

Burlington has held a long time commitment to sustainability, and that’s resulted in cheap electricity, a surge of delicious, local fruits and vegetables, and self-sufficiency.

4. NBC: State Board of Education rejects the racist Mexican-American studies textbook.

On Wednesday, Republican and Democratic Texas board of education members unanimously voted to reject a controversial Mexican-American studies textbook, calling it racist and teeming with factual inaccuracies.

5. Beta News: Facebook’s new social good forum lets you donate to communities in need.

Facebook just held its first ever Social Good Forum and unveiled new tools and options for nonprofit fundraising, including “donate” buttons that will be placed on live videos and posts. 

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