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School sending Internet home with the students

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Paper, pencils and textbooks won’t cut it anymore.

Thirty eight families are going online with the help of a pilot program here, and another 600 will likely be added next year when the district offers Internet to all low-income families with students in junior high.

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Lawmakers ‘play chicken’ with infrastructure funding, highway safety at stake

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

State legislators adjourned this month without funding critical public works projects, including a senior center infested with mold, a veterans home that is out of compliance with the fire code, and a treacherous highway with more fatalities than any in the state.

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Small Business Administration pitting taxpayers against one another

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Federal officials, through the Small Business Administration, are doling out billions of dollars in loans to wealthy business owners, some in Tennessee, who supposedly can’t start a business through traditional private lenders.
SBA officials, according to Adam Andrzejewski, founder of OpenTheBooks.com, have somehow lost sight of their original mission and are […]

TIGHTER REINS: Chesterfield Supervisor Dan Gecker says third-party supervision of public school construction projects could control spending.

Can privatization clean up Chesterfield schools?

Virginia  |  4:00 am

After allegedly “sandbagging the budget,” a Richmond area school district is under pressure to hire a private overseer for future construction projects.

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Former retail labor union boss gets $544,000 for 10 months of work

Labor  |  4:00 am

Former United Food and Commercial Workers executive vice president Bill McDonough was paid $544,137 last year despite leaving the union in October.

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Sheriff, regulators, Justice Bradley still silent on ethics complaint

Wisconsin  |  4:00 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – Still no word from regulators on whether Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney will face any consequences for appearing in a campaign ad, alongside a county squad car, for state Supreme Court Justice Ann Walsh Bradley.

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Commission rescinds nation’s most controversial fracking ban

Energy and Environment  |  4:00 am

A fracking ban that may cost a small county in New Mexico thousands in court costs has been rescinded.

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‘Expel me!’ Nebraska senator challenges lawmakers

Nebraska  |  3:21 pm

Sen. Ernie Chambers spent two hours Monday morning lambasting his fellow lawmakers on the floor of the Legislature, calling them petty and thin-skinned, threatening to gum up the legislative session and daring them to censure him for comparing cops to ISIS terrorists.

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Philadelphia schools tread on rocky fiscal footing

Education  |  7:45 am

By Evan Grossman | Watchdog.org
PHILADELPHIA — If the School District of Philadelphia gets every penny it expects from increased state and local funding, massive investments in city schools will only temporarily solve the district’s financial woes.
Another reason for concern is that the schools may not get all of that money that’s been promised by Gov. […]

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Watchdog inquiry leads to investigation of trooper headed west in eastbound lanes

North Dakota  |  March 30, 2015

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — For more than four minutes, a North Dakota state trooper drove the wrong way on a major U.S. highway, Watchdog.org has learned.
The North Dakota Highway Patrol started an investigation 10 days after we placed open-records request for state radio transcripts — 72 days after the incident.
“The NDHP is conducting […]

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Waiting game goes on for professor caught in Marquette speech battle

Wisconsin  |  8:03 am

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – There aren’t many academicians who know more about the Kennedy Assassination than John McAdams.

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