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January 09, 2017

Daily News Roundup: Feds Eye Kidney Charity's Ties With Dialysis Firms

Justice Dept. Investigating Nonprofit's Assistance for Kidney Patients: The U.S. attorney's office in Boston has subpoenaed dialysis providers DaVita and Fresenius and the American Kidney Fund for information on the kidney-care companies' funding of the charity's insurance-premium help for low-income patients, The Wall Street Journal (subscription) reports.

Tenn. Children's Hospital Says Eric Trump Has Raised $16.3 Million: St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital confirmed accounts by the president-elect's son of his financial support for the pediatric-cancer center, writes The New York Times. Mr. Trump has said he will cease fundraising for the hospital to avoid conflicts of interest during his father's term.

Rex Tillerson Showed Pragmatic Side in Guiding Scouts Through Crisis: The Boston Globe examines the Secretary of State-designate's time as president of the Boy Scouts of America, seeking insight into how he might operate as the country's top diplomat. His tenure saw the organization fiercely debate whether to allow gay members, which it voted to do shortly after his term ended.

Betsy DeVos's Philanthropy Backs Free-Market Education Approach: Giving by the nominee for education secretary and her billionaire family has reshaped their hometown of Grand Rapids, Mich., and influenced the national education debate with an approach that favors school choice and charter schools run by for-profit companies, Bloomberg writes.

7 Arrested in Tampa Park While Serving Food to Homeless: Police said the volunteers from activist group Tampa Food Not Bombs were charged over the weekend not for feeding the homeless but for doing so in a city-owned park without a required permit, reports the Tampa Bay Times.

In a related story, The New York Times examines the growing battle in U.S. cities over ordinances such as bans on "urban camping" that antipoverty advocates say criminalize homelessness.

Facebook Live to Air Counter-Inauguration "Love-a-Thon" Fundraiser: Jane Fonda, Judd Apatow, and numerous other celebrities are lined up to participate in the three-hour show broadcasting January 20 on the social network's streaming platform, CNNMoney reports. The event aims to raise money for Planned Parenthood, the American Civil Liberties Union, and environmental group Earthjustice.