Andrea Seabrook http://kplu.org en Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire http://kplu.org/post/congress-taking-student-loans-highway-bill-wire Congressional leaders on Tuesday said they were close to a deal to solve two big issues facing lawmakers — student loan interest rates and federal highway funding.<p>Both issues with looming deadlines have high stakes for middle-income Americans: If Congress fails to reach agreements by this weekend, the federal highway program would come to a halt, and student loan interest rates would double, to 6.8 percent.<p><strong>Student Loans</strong><p>President Obama has been hammering on the issue of student loans for days.<p>"This issue didn't come out of nowhere; it's been looming for months," Oba Wed, 27 Jun 2012 00:30:11 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 5408 at http://kplu.org Congress Taking Student Loans, Highway Bill To Wire Spotlight shines on late riser Rick Santorum http://kplu.org/post/spotlight-shines-late-riser-rick-santorum Rick Santorum has been upsetting elections from the beginning.<p>He was only 32 years old when he toppled a seven-term incumbent in a majority Democratic district in western Pennsylvania.<p>Just four years later, Santorum rode the Republican wave of 1994 into the Senate representing Pennsylvania. Thu, 05 Jan 2012 22:42:13 +0000 Andrea Seabrook 3609 at http://kplu.org Spotlight shines on late riser Rick Santorum