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Lara Solt / KERA News special contributor

Sarah Matteson, who works at Texas Woman's University in Denton, helps “nontraditional” students get through college. Students range from homeless kids and those who were in foster care or the military to parents raising young children.

When Matteson entered school, she was nontraditional herself.

Dianna Douglas

Going off to college seems like the American dream for first-generation, low-income students. But not if they drop out with loads of debt a few years later. 

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The Texas unemployment rate is under 7 percent for the first time in three years, falling to 6.9 percent for April as the state added 13,200 nonfarm jobs.

Hundreds of protesting American Airlines workers marched to sway the public in the battle over their jobs and benefits. Bankrupt American Airlines says it must severely slash workers and pensions to successfully emerge from Chapter 11. KERA’s Bill Zeeble reports union members don’t buy it.