What You Should Know: Oct. 7, 2014

Welcome back to What You Should Know, a daily roundup of the most interesting and noteworthy news of the last 24 hours. If it matters to students, you’ll find it here.

Thanks to the Supreme Court, most Americans now live in same-sex marriage states.

The Supreme Court decided on Monday not to hear a series of appeals cases from states fighting lower court decisions overruling bans on same-sex marriage. That means, for the first time, a majority of Americans live in states that recognize gay marriage. Michigan is not one of those 19 states, however. Read more at FiveThirtyEight.

Paying tuition with a credit card is costing you hundreds of dollars.

A new study found that students could be spending an extra $250 or more for their tuition simply because they pay with their credit cards. The study, conducted by creditcards.com, found that schools charge an average 2.62-percent “convenience fee” on credit card tuition payments, meaning students could be paying up an extra $262 for every $10,000 spent on tuition. CMU comes in at 2.75 percent, a bit above the national average. Read more at MarketWatch.

Rick Snyder has reemerged as the favorite thanks to newfound optimism in Michigan.

It wasn’t so long ago that polls showed Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and Democratic challenger Mark Schauer well on their way to what looked like a toss-up election. However, a new Detroit News/WDIV poll reveals that Snyder has built a a solid 8-percent lead over Schauer, 45 percent to 37 percent.

While that still means there are a lot of undecided voters left for Schauer and the Democratic Party to go after, they face an uphill battle thanks to 51 percent of Michiganders believing the state is on the right track, a 10-year high. Read more at The Detroit News.

Millennials are in no rush to get married.

Perhaps it should come as no surprise considering many of them are saddled with debt and have little in the way of appealing job prospects, but millennials are far less likely to marry young than previous generations. About half of millennials between 24 and 29 have never married, a record-high. That could have a significant impact on the U.S. economy down the road. Read more at Bloomberg.

Western Michigan football: Classy, as always.

As it turns out, you can’t knock sinks loose, break trophies and tear down posters in a visitors locker room just because you win a football game.

Western Michigan football didn’t get that memo, though, as it apparently trashed Idaho’s visitors locker room so badly that Idaho’s athletic director felt the need to charge WMU $500 in damages. You stay classy, Western. Read more at CBS Detroit.

Civil asset forfeiture is, as John Oliver demonstrates, absolutely ridiculous.

Did you know that if you get pulled over and a police officer happens to notice your unassuming wad of cash sitting in the passenger seat that he could simply take it from you, no questions asked? Well, it turns out he can. And yes, this is still the United States of America. Let John Oliver, America’s foremost fake newsman of British descent, explain.


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