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Change in Student-Aid Drug Law Urged

Critics of a federal law that denies federal student aid to anyone convicted of a drug offense push for the alteration or revocation of the 1998 measure. The law's opponents -- including its writer, Rep. Mark Souder, say it unfairly penalizes students for past drug use and treats marijuana possession more harshly than murder. NPR's Anthony Brooks reports.

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Anthony Brooks has more than twenty five years of experience in public radio, working as a producer, editor, reporter, and most recently, as a fill-in host for NPR. For years, Brooks has worked as a Boston-based reporter for NPR, covering regional issues across New England, including politics, criminal justice, and urban affairs. He has also covered higher education for NPR, and during the 2000 presidential election he was one of NPR's lead political reporters, covering the campaign from the early primaries through the Supreme Court's Bush V. Gore ruling. His reports have been heard for many years on NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.