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U.S. Sen. Ron Wyden is pushing fellow lawmakers to pass legislation that would create the nation's first comprehensive online database for prospective college students who aren't quite sure which campus would be best for them academically and financially.

Wyden told students at Oregon's South Medford High School April 10 they should do their homework before choosing which college to attend next fall.

"This is the biggest investment you're going to make in your future, other than buying...

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