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Logogate: Tennessee has 8 graphic artists on state payroll, records show

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Tennessee has eight graphic artists and designers costing taxpayers a yearly sum of $293,000, state records show, yet officials paid a private firm $46,000 to create a new state logo.

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Sanders promises to make nation like Vermont

Vermont  |  11:54 am

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, touted his socialist vision for America as thousands of energized supporters cheered the politician’s Vermont-styled solutions on issues from education and health care to a living wage.

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Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer

Oklahoma  |  4:00 am

 
 
By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to Watchdog.org
Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth.
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Lincoln to spend $85,000 for artistic lighting for alley

Nebraska  |  12:22 pm

Lincoln will spend $85,000 on artistic lighting in a downtown alley, as part of the mayor’s quest to have a nationally prominent public art collection.

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3 things to know about raising Pennsylvania’s 911 surcharge

Pennsylvania  |  9:01 am

One of those pesky surcharges on your phone bill could be on the rise if state lawmakers pass a bill to increase funding for 911 call centers.

END OF THE TRAIL? Sweet Briar College, an all-women's school, exhibited the trappings of prosperity -- before it didn't.

On eve of high court hearing, Sweet Briar records bare new story

Education  |  May 26, 2015

In a curious twist to the closing of Sweet Briar College, records show the school’s financial position was more precarious a decade ago.

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Bills designed to protect individuals, businesses fail this session

Colorado  |  May 26, 2015

Bills that would have prevented police seizures of money and property without a criminal charge and helped people who say court receiverships ruined their businesses failed in this year’s Legislature.

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Private enterprise helps handle urban blight in Erie

Pennsylvania  |  10:21 am

It’s nice when being a do-gooder also works to your advantage. Erie Insurance provides a positive example of how private enterprise is helping the city get a grip on urban blight. It’s one of several prominent businesses that donates to a nonprofit that renovates or demolishes problem properties. The company also renovates and restores properties on its own, either to lease to employees – making the area more appealing to potential employees, to use itself or to lease to other businesses.

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Southeast Ohio businesses still fighting oil and gas tax hike

Ohio  |  May 25, 2015

In Marietta, Ohio, business owners still have an oil and gas tax hike Gov. John Kasich has fought for since 2012 hanging over their heads.

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Mississippi agency thumbs its nose at senator over government-funded halfway houses

Mississippi  |  11:40 am

The state agency responsible for administering a group of taxpayer-funded halfway houses sent a threatening letter to a state senator opposing the project.

CANNABIS CONUNDRUM: A bill allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis could hit a brick wall in the state House.

‘Slap in the face:’ Mother questions committee assignment for medical cannabis bill

Pennsylvania  |  May 25, 2015

A bill allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis could hit a brick wall in the state House.

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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.