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Man bites dog: Politicians vote against spending public money on soccer stadium

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Here’s a story that doesn’t often get written: Politicians in Minnesota voted against spending public money on a new stadium.

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Behind the scenes, $50M VA project caused clashes, concerns

Nebraska  |  4:00 am

An obscure foundation to support senior citizens in Lincoln has morphed into the role of real estate developer as it seeks federal approval of a $50 million plan to redevelop the Veterans Administration campus in east Lincoln.

But some city officials have privately worried that the foundation is being used to help private interests get at the VA property without having to take on the burden of renovating and maintaining the sprawling, aging campus in east Lincoln, according to a Nebraska Watchdog investigation.

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OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review

Education  |  4:00 am

The University of Oklahoma completed its review of their Confucius Institute, finding no wrong doing, but a critic of CI questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.

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Burlington resident says neighborhood against EPA-backed bike lanes

Vermont  |  4:00 am

A resident of Burlington’s New North End claims her neighborhood overwhelmingly opposes adding EPA-backed bike lanes on North Avenue. And she has the petitions to prove it.

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Bill to reform secretive agency behind Operation Choke Point passes U.S. House

National  |  4:00 am

Critics of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the secretive, Obama administration-created agency that oversees the U.S. Justice Department’s Operation Choke Point, won a small but key victory this week.

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Tennessee might take big risk to wean TennCare recipients off painkillers

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Take a painkiller in pill form like OxyContin.
Grind it, crush it, melt it and snort it and you get an immediate high.
Take another OxyContin in pill form, this time one that has something called “abuse deterrent properties,” which make the texture of the pill so hard you can’t even […]

HAPPIER DAYS: Sweet Briar's Class of 1990, among others, is up in arms about Attorney General Mark Herring's "friend of the court" brief.

Mark Herring stumbles in Sweet Briar patch

Education  |  4:00 am

“Remember Sweet Briar.” Those three words could be the campaign cry of anyone — Democrat, Republican or Libertarian — who challenges Attorney General Mark Herring in the 2017 election.

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School district praises charter school, but won’t let it help failing public school

Education  |  4:00 am

Patricia Hoben laughed quietly when asked if she saw anything ironic in this week’s Milwaukee Public Schools press release praising Carmen High School of Science and Technology for its latest achievement.

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Maryland county’s wireless tax hike is for the kids

Maryland  |  4:00 am

PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, Md. — Prince George’s County Council is approaching a June 1 deadline to adopt a new $3.63 billion budget proposed by county executive Rushern Baker, but his budget’s proposed tax increases could make residents’ wireless taxes the second highest in the nation.

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Injunction ‘takes the teeth out of’ union’s attempt to organize PA home-care workers

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

An attempt to organize home-care workers across Pennsylvania hit a speed bump Thursday when a Commonwealth Court judge issued an order that would bar a union — if chosen to represent the workers — from coming to any terms with Gov. Tom Wolf.

SECRETIVE ABOUT SALARIES: Throop officials tried to keep salary records under wraps, but the state Office of Open Records ruled against the borough.

Throop turns request for salary data into open-records battle

Pennsylvania  |  April 22, 2015

Throop officials didn’t make it easy to find out how much they pay their employees, several of whom PA Independent has reported are related to borough council members who run the tiny municipality in northeastern Pennsylvania.

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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.

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