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State governments taking the ‘sting’ out of surveillance

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As Congress continues to debate the future of the National Security Agency’s telephone metadata collection program, Washington State has banned the warrant-less use of similar technology that allows law enforcement to track cell phones.

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Rep. Cook’s ‘ethics’ bill imperils Texas journalists

Texas  |  4:00 am

Is Mike Wallace a criminal?

All the bad guys the late “60 Minutes” newsman embarrassed over the years might say there ought to be a law against his signature ambush interviews, but Texas may well be the first state to try to actually pass one.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare Roadshow rolls on

South Carolina  |  4:00 am

Is Ohio Gov. John Kasich running a Republican presidential campaign, or an Obamacare promotional tour?

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Vermont parents may suddenly get religion if vaccination bill signed

Vermont  |  4:00 am

With forced vaccination set to become law in 2016, Vermont parents are faced with drastic decisions — including feigning religious preference — as they look to make medical decisions for their children.

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Real estate in D.C. remains a challenge for charter schools

Education  |  4:00 am

In this city, it’s not uncommon for charter school teachers to gather students in warehouses, or basements, or to combine small spaces for an art room, gymnasium and cafeteria.

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Chief Ed Flynn: Nothing to see here, ‘a thing broke’

Wisconsin  |  1:11 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MILWAUKEE – At times flippant, at other times forgetful, Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn took the hot seat Thursday before the city’s Public Safety Committee to answer questions about January’s catastrophic crash of the system his department uses to record interviews of criminal suspects.

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Virginia candidate goes to court over SBE stance on e-signatures

Virginia  |  May 28, 2015

The campaign of Republican House challenger Susan Stimpson is going to court.

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Bond-rating firm could hit Mississippi Power with downgrade over Kemper Project

Energy and Environment  |  May 28, 2015

Mississippi Power and its parent firm, the Southern Company, could be facing a downgrade from one of the big three bond-rating firms.

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Lawmakers express surprise and frustration at North Dakota Game & Fish payments to nonprofits

Energy and Environment  |  May 28, 2015

BISMARCK, N.D. -Taxpayers are helping to fund the activities of two nonprofits that have pressed for the state to spend more tax money on conservation effort.

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Opinions vary on state takeover of Pennsylvania’s failing schools

Education  |  May 28, 2015

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org
Philadelphia is ground zero for many of the state’s failing schools, but the city’s top educator is leery of proposed legislation aimed at turning those schools around.
William Hite, the superintendent of the School District of Philadelphia, recently testified in Harrisburg that the proposal to turn failing public schools into charter schools could […]

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Milwaukee committee seeks answers to MPD tech system meltdown

Wisconsin  |  May 28, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MILWAUKEE – Common Council members say they hope to finally get some answers about the January catastrophic failure of the Milwaukee Police Department’s video system used for recording criminal suspect interviews.

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West Rankin Utility Authority wins key battle in fight to build new treatment plant

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The West Rankin Utility Authority won a key battle Tuesday in its fight to build a new wastewater treatment plant and leave Jackson’s aging facility.