Things you should know today: 5/30/18


Walmart offers employees new perk: cheap access to college

Julio Cortez
FILE- In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, a Walmart employee scans items while conducting an exercise during a Walmart Academy class session at the store in North Bergen, N.J. Walmart is offering its employees a new perk: affordable access to a college degree. America’s largest private employer, which in the past has helped its workers get their high school or equivalency degree, hopes the new benefit will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-level employees in a tight U.S. labor market. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Walmart is teaming up with Denver-based startup Guild Education to give its employees an opportunity to obtain a bachelor’s degree in either business or supply chain management. The company hopes the new program will help it recruit and retain higher quality entry-level employees in a tight U.S. labor market. Additionally, Walmart will offer college-prep courses an subsidizing the cost of tuition, books and fees.

Students return to Indiana middle school following shooting

Michael Conroy
Parents drive students to school as they return to class for the first time at Noblesville West Middle School since a shooting last week in Noblesville, Ind., Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Noblesville Schools’ spokeswoman Marnie Cooke says it will operate on the same shortened schedule as the district’s final two days of classes Thursday and Friday. Cooke says the school will focus on counseling and “team building” over the final three days of the school year. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Students returned to Noblesville West Middle School for the first time since the shooting that took place that resulted in a student and a teacher being shot and injured. Comfort dogs, principals and counselors were there to greet the students, and school days will be shortened from Friday to the end of the school year so counselors can focus on helping students still shaken by the incident. Thirteen-year-old student Ella Whistler who was seriously injured during the shooting remains hospitalized in Indianapolis but is in improving condition. Science teacher Jason Seaman, who was also shot but not seriously injured, did not return to school on Wednesday.

‘I’m alive’: Russian reporter, Ukraine police faked killing

Alexander Baroshin
In this photo taken on Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, Arkady Babchenko, 41, who had been scathingly critical of the Kremlin in recent years, looks at an opposition picket in Moscow, Russia. Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko, who had been reported shot and killed in the Ukrainian capital Tuesday, has shown up at a news conference very much alive. Vasily Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, told a news conference on Wednesday May 30, 2018 the agency faked Babchenko’s death to catch those who were trying to kill him. (AP Photo/Alexander Baroshin)

Ukranian police believed that Russian journalist Arkady Babchenko was dead after being shot several times in the back, but were shocked to see Babchenko appear at a news conference alive and well. “I’m still alive,” Babchenko said. “I know that sickening feeling when you bury a colleague. I’m sorry you had to go through this but there was no other way.” Vasyl Gritsak, head of the Ukrainian Security Service, said a Ukranian citizen and acquaintance were hired to kill Babchenko for his work. In order to catch his hitmen, Babchenko faked his death. The Ukranian man who was allegedly paid to carry out Banchenko’s killing was detained Wednesday.

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