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December 14, 2016

Daily News Roundup: W. Va. Reviews Ties With Nonprofit in Flap Over Racist Post

W. Va. Nonprofit Reinstates Director Who Posted Michelle Obama Slur: State officials said they are reconsidering contracts with the Clay County Development Corporation after the social-services group brought back its head, Pamela Taylor, who resigned last month after calling the first lady an "ape in heels" in a Facebook post, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Mulva Family Foundation Grants $75 Million for U. of Texas Medicine: The fund founded by retired oil executive James Mulva is giving $50 million to establish a center for neuroscience research at the university's Dell Medical School in Austin and $25 million to advance melanoma treatment at its MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the Austin American-Statesman writes.

$50 Million Gift Backs Unconventional Health Research at UC-San Francisco: The gift from investor and science donor William Bowes establishes the Bowes Biomedical Investigator Program at the University of California branch to host projects that fall outside the bounds of standard medical studies, reports the San Francisco Examiner.

Opinion: Time for Philanthropy to Make Big Bet on Journalism: In the NiemanLab journalism blog, Molly de Aguiar of the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation predicts 2017 will be the year foundations "make a bold long-term commitment to strengthening news and information ecosystems." She urges grant makers to broadly support journalism operations rather than funding work that promotes their agendas.