SHOPPING FOR SUBSIDIES: Gretna's new outlet mall relied heavily on public subsidies, and the same developers are seeking hefty help in Omaha. Other Nebraska cities are following suit, seeking incentives for retail.

Spend til you drop: Nebraska cities buy into subsidies for malls

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Legislation passed without fanfare a few years ago is increasingly being used by developers to build and renovate malls in Nebraska, even though experts have cautioned lawmakers against subsidizing retail.

Dyer Courthouse, from Wikipedia.

Taxpayers foot the bill while the feds lets aging building rot

National  |  4:00 am

By Marianela Toledo | Florida Watchdog
MIAMI — Miami’s love affair with courthouses is costing taxpayers a bundle.
Not only does it cost a fortune to build a new courthouse, the cost of maintaining the structures they replace is eye-popping.
In 2008, the historic David W. Dyer Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse on First Avenue was left for [...]

HE'S OUT: Terry McAuliffe retains no financial interest in GreenTech Automotive, according to the attorney overseeing the governor's personal holdings.

Attorney: McAuliffe is ‘100 percent divested’ of GreenTech

Virginia  |  4:00 am

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has “100 percent divested” himself of GreenTech Automotive, the electric car company he pointed to as evidence of his business savvy during his successful run for Virginia’s top office.
Thomas Richardson, a Washington, D.C., attorney who oversaw financial holdings for the incoming governor, told Watchdog.org McAuliffe [...]

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Alderman: Ocean Springs mayor using Kemper as excuse for tax increase

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

According to a long-serving alderman, Ocean Springs mayor Connie Moran is using a controversy involving park lighting and amateur soccer to ram through a tax increase.

Photo by Chris Butler

Name that tax: City misses a beat on musicians’ housing project

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

The Ryman Lofts, a public housing project designed to make up for a supposed shortage of artists and musicians in Nashville — of all places — isn’t tax-exempt, as city officials originally believed.

Photo courtesy of Albuquerque Public Schools

Still no word why Albuquerque school boss received a $350,000 settlement

New Mexico  |  August 27, 2014

Winston Brooks resigned as the head of the Albuquerque Public Schools and received a $350,000 buyout. But taxpayers have not been told why he’s leaving.

Image courtesy Liberal USD 480

School district blasted for adding $85,000 administrative position

Kansas  |  August 27, 2014

Redundant, wasteful and ridiculous are a few of the ways current and former school board members are describing the creation of a new administrative position within Liberal USD 480.

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Polling places will remain in Wisconsin town’s schools

Wisconsin  |  August 27, 2014

As far as the Greendale Village Board of Trustees is concerned, the fat lady has sung.

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Washington state protects gophers better than cops, citizens

Washington  |  August 27, 2014

Based on Washington State’s track record with the new ESA listing of the well-endowed pocket gopher, it appears they protect rodents better than citizens.

Photo courtesy of the Dauphin District Attorney's Office

Harrisburg treasurer charged with theft

Pennsylvania  |  August 27, 2014

For more than four decades, the Historic Harrisburg Association has been working to revitalize the state capital in the wake of the devastating flooding that Hurricane Agnes wrought in 1972.

Over the past year, according to the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office, the nonprofit was helping out on a much more personal level, and in a way that was unbeknownst to its board until this summer.

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AG upholds open records complaint against DPI over Common Core emails

North Dakota  |  August 27, 2014

North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem has ruled that a spokesman for the Department of Public Instruction broke open records laws when he failed to turn over all emails sent from an anonymous account.

SPECIAL REPORT

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PLAIN ENGLISH: While Gov. Sam Brownback has been characterized as uncaring in his opposition to Obamacare, the governor says it's a simple matter of fiscal prudence for those who realize the federal government doesn't always keep its promises.

Video: Brownback states plainly why Medicaid expansion hurts Kansas

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has been on the business end of numerous barbs and critiques for taking a stand against Obamacare and Medicaid expansion in the Sunflower State.

Those with unwavering faith in the federal government have characterized the conservative governor as an uncaring obstructionist for his opposition, but in an exclusive interview with the Daily Signal, Brownback laid out the argument against Obamacare in his own words.

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Leawood throws the book at Little Free Library

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The city of Leawood is using the full power of the law to protect property values from the threat of, uh, free cabinet-sized libraries.

A municipal statute designed to ban all detached structures is being levied against Leawood residents Brian and Sarah Collins after their 9-year-old son, Spencer, worked with his dad and grandpa to build the Little Free Library as a Mother’s Day gift.

WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  North Carolina  |  12:31 pm

By Ann Kane | WatchdogWire.com
Unaccompanied alien children make up 10 to 15 percent of the number of people illegally crossing  the U.S. southern border this year. Many are now in North Carolina.
In a newly released report, the Administration for Children and Families, part of the federal Office for Refugees and Immigrants , reports that North Carolina has 815 unaccompanied children, [...]

Feds keep North Carolina’s top officials guessing on unaccompanied children

 |  Maryland  |  12:28 pm

A new rule proposal by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will give the agency authority over 19,000 miles of streams and other “intermittent” or “ephemeral” bodies of water in Maryland.

Maps reveal EPA water grab in Maryland

 |  New Jersey

By L. Tierney | WatchdogWire.com
Those New Jersey homeowners who were concerned about granting government easements for beach replenishment? Turns out they were right to be suspicious.
Two bills pending in the state Senate could mean big changes for Long Beach Island.
Senate bill S-2368, filed last session, requires any municipality that accepts federal or state money to replenish storm-damaged beaches [...]

Free beaches come at high cost

 |  Washington

Based on Washington State’s track record with the new ESA listing of the well-endowed pocket gopher, it appears they protect rodents better than citizens.

Washington state protects gophers better than cops, citizens

 |  Georgia

Jasper County, Ga. is one of the recipients of the more than $5.1 billion worth of military equipment given to local law enforcement.

Georgia county arms to the hilt

 |  Connecticut

Connecticut mom Tanya McDowell will spend 12 years in prison after she was sentenced on a number of criminal charges, including “stealing” nearly $15,000 in “educational services” for her son.

Mother sentenced to 12 years for ‘stealing’ son’s education

 |  Nevada

A Bloomberg-backed group is back with a petition drive to revive a background check initiative for Nevada’s 2016 ballot.

Bloomberg takes another shot at Nevadans’ guns