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Billion dollar Vikings stadium still not for the birds

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Bird lovers launched a last-ditch drive at Friday’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting to protect migratory species from what they consider a killer Minnesota Vikings football stadium being built with $500 million in taxpayer funding.

The Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds went to the top of the political pecking order, calling on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to fire MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen.

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Prisoners file $1 billion in fraudulent tax returns, audit finds

National  |  10:56 am

Inmates and their accomplices filed $1 billion in fraudulent tax returns in 2012, a six-fold increase from 2007, according to a report released Tuesday by the Internal Revenue Service’s auditor.

AT LARGE: Authorities are still searching for three inmates mistakenly released in a state sentencing screw-up

Corrections director, attorney reinterpreted law to cut NE prisoners’ sentences

Nebraska  |  10:48 am

Corrections employees told a State Patrol investigator the former corrections director and his top attorney began granting parolees “good time” – or a reduction in their sentence – even after their parole had been revoked, in an effort to deal with the burgeoning prison population.

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Agency: $443,000 on Gruber analysis of Obamacare in Wisconsin long spent

Wisconsin  |  8:15 am

The “architect” of Obamacare who suggested the “stupidity of the American voter” helped pass President Obama’s signature health-care reform law hauled in $200,000 from Wisconsin taxpayers for his analysis of the potential costs and impacts of the Affordable Care Act on the Badger State, according to the state Department of Health Services.

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Business-bashing telecom union boss takes mandatory dues

National  |  4:00 am

Communications Workers of America president Larry Cohen takes mandatory fees from over 40,000 workers who don’t want to join his union.

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FL scammers accused of taking $25 million from taxpayers

Florida  |  3:44 pm

Already a hot bed for identity theft, insurance and health care fraud, a South Florida-based scheme allegedly enriched 11 people who used public health services to scam foreign nationals.

Hi Rep. Bob McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state's public schools. Many parents complained the content is inappropriate and graphic for their children.

University of Hawaii won’t talk about sex education program

Hawaii  |  2:41 pm

By Malia Zimmerman |Watchdog.org
HONOLULU – Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott is slamming the University of Hawaii over its refusal to disclose data collected from middle school students during a controversial sex education program.
The Hawaii State Department of Education conducts “Pono Choices,” a sex education program for 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds, in partnership with university researchers from […]

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Small dairy farmer battles Florida regulators over ‘misleading’ milk labels

Florida  |  November 24, 2014

State regulators took on a third generation family-owned dairy farm in one of Florida’s smallest counties and gave it an offer the owners had to refuse: call a natural milk item imitation milk or inject it with additives.

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Mississippi electricity and gas bills could double by 2020

Mississippi  |  11:56 am

Mississippi electricity and gas bills could skyrocket thanks to new EPA regulations by 2020, a study says

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Liberty wins in Massachusetts ‘Nanny State’ tobacco battle

National  |  November 24, 2014

By M.D. Kittle | Watchdog.org

Chalk one up for liberty.

Smokers and nonsmokers alike in Westminster, Mass., came together to push back a move by the town’s Board of Health to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products within the city limits.

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PA Senate leader: Complicated bills unlikely to reach Corbett before term ends

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

Republicans have controlled the governor’s office, state House and state Senate the last four years, but couldn’t push liquor privatization past the finish line or muscle through public pension reform before the November election essentially halted legislative activity.

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Remy goes hard at Obamacare, #Grubergate and Lena Dunham

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As #Grubergate continues to unfold, Reason.com’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.

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 |  Michigan

By Izzy Lyman | WatchdogWire.com
Charlie LeDuff, a Fox 2 reporter known for his offbeat exposés, went mano a mano with a Wayne County squatter.
Lynn Arthur Williams Jr., on probation for a felonious assault with a deadly weapon, had taken up residence in a single-family Detroit home bought by Sarah Hamilton-Gilmer.
Hamilton-Gilmer planned on a third-party short sale […]

Bathrobe-wearing watchdog turns tables on Detroit squatter

 |  Colorado

On the 19th edition of ALEC’s Report Card, Colorado education performance and policies ranked highly among states, with many improvements still to be made.

Report: Colorado education fares OK, rates well next to other states

 |  Colorado

Denver’s real unemployment rate, like Colorado’s is much higher than the official published figured would indicate.

Denver’s real unemployment rate mirrors Colorado’s

 |  Massachusetts

Westminster, MA will hear public comment to make the town the first municipality in the US to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders.

Massachusetts town may ban sale of all tobacco products

 |  Alabama

Huntsville schools paid an ex-FBI agent $157,000 to oversee security reforms, including monitoring the social media accounts of the district’s students.

Alabama school district pays ex-FBI agent to monitor students’ social media

 |  Nevada

Nevada Republicans made history in the midterm elections, controlling both houses of the Legislature and Governor’s office for the first time since 1929.

Red tsunami hits Nevada

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