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College loans revisited: Costs to go up if Congress can't reach deal

Patricia McGuire, the president of Trinity Washington University, located less than four miles from the U.S. Capitol, has a strong opinion about the possibility that interest rates for student loans will increase.

"Nobody wants student loan interest rates to double; that just hurts students and for a number of low-income students it may mean they may choose not to come to college at all," said McGuire, who has testified before Congress on this issue.

Catholic rural advocates weigh in on farm bill

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Expecting a delayed farm bill to finally go through Congress before June, advocates -- among them four Catholic entities in a joint letter -- are reminding representatives of their priorities as a bill is being hashed out.

In a May 9 letter to Sens. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss., the chairwoman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Agriculture Committee, the Catholic groups outlined domestic hunger, international food security, conservation, rural development and subsidies as key issues to be treated in a farm bill.

US sisters launch united effort against trafficking

Human trafficking is so widespread that congregations of women religious are uniting in a nationwide effort to limit its reach.

The effort will focus on broader education about sex and labor trafficking, legislative advocacy for stricter laws and penalties for traffickers, and wider support for victims through much-needed social services and employment.

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