Around the industry: After WVU loss, senator pays up in pepperoni rolls

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  • Kentucky: Sen. Joe Manchin (D-West Virginia) owes Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) some Chico's Bakery pepperoni rolls, the official pepperoni rolls of the West Virginia University (WVU) stadium, after WVU lost to the University of Kentucky (UK) in last night's NCAA Men's Basketball Sweet 16 game. The senators had made a friendly wager in which UK law school alum McConnell had staked a Derby Pie® from Kern's Kitchen in Louisville. Manchin distributed pepperoni rolls to fellow senators at dinnertime Thursday night during a long voting session—but it is unclear whether his offering was connected to the wager with McConnell (Ginsburg, Reuters, 3/26; Sullivan, Washington Post, 3/27).
  • Missouri: The board of trustees at Columbia College plan to vote in April on whether to split the college into multiple schools. For months, a 22-person task force made of faculty, trustees, and other administrators has been researching the proposal. The task force says they endorse the new split, which would create a new structure mirroring that of other large universities or colleges (Jost, Columbia Daily Tribune, 3/25).
  • Virginia: The General District Court decided to postpone until May the hearing of Martese Johnson, a University of Virginia student whose arrest last week renewed controversy over racial profiling and police brutality. The delay will allow time for state police to complete a more thorough investigation ordered by Gov. Terry McAuliffe. A crowd of silent and peaceful demonstrators attended the session, wearing all black to signify their support for Johnson (Seal, Daily Progress, 3/26).

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