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Workers stuck paying plush AFL-CIO union salaries

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AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. paid the union group’s officers and employees an average of $89,328 during the 2014 fiscal year.

SOLID: The Supreme Court upheld the governor's pension reforms which were heavily opposed by public employee unions.

FL Supreme Court says warrantless cell phone spying a no-go

Florida  |  4:00 am

Thanks to the Florida Supreme Court and a drug dealer, police can no longer spy on unsuspecting citizens through their cell phones without a warrant.

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UNC scandal holds lessons for UT investigation

Texas  |  4:00 am

The University of North Carolina has uncovered a massive academic scandal stretching back two decades and involving more than 3,000 students, half of them athletes in the school’s premier sports programs.

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Top reporter failed to disclose ties to Dem AG candidate

Nevada  |  4:09 pm

 
By Ciara Matthews | Watchdog.org
Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston has used his television show and blog to slam Republican attorney general candidate Adam Laxalt.
It’s possible the heat in Ralston’s anti-Laxalt reporting is generated by Ralston’s undisclosed personal and professional relationship with former Gov. Bob Miller, father of Laxalt’s opponent, Democrat Ross Miller.
In his autobiography, “Son of a [...]

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New technologies help clean up coal piles from PA communities

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

Pennsylvania has an estimated 212 million cubic yards of coal waste which have been a problem no one seemed able to fix. But a newer type of power plants is taking up that challenge.

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Government agency fights $23,000 city tax bill

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

Dozens of property and business owners seethed when the city of St. Paul handed out $2.3 million in assessments for street improvements on the Green Line light rail construction project.

Still, it came as a surprise this week when someone not only complained but stepped up, refusing to pay a $23,000 assessment for streetscape and lighting improvements — at least for now.

Even more surprising the group that decided to take on the city wasn’t a business or landlord, but rather another unit of local government, namely, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District board.

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Tobacco commission’s millions go up in smoke

Virginia  |  4:00 am

More than $5.2 million in “tobacco” grants to Virginia communities have disappeared, leaving some of the state’s most depressed areas deeper in the red.

From July 2007 until October 2014, 22 localities defaulted on Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grants or owe the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission money, said Ned Stephenson, the commission’s deputy director.

The county, ironically, is represented by Terry Kilgore, the chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

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Bureaucrats behaving badly: Alabama VA officials slammed in annual ‘Wastebook’

Alabama  |  4:00 am

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System was cited not once, not twice, but three times in a retiring conservative U.S. senator’s annual study on government waste and abuse.

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Facing bleak economy, VA millenials want government to do more — and get out of the way

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Virginia Millenials have some interesting ideas and political preferences.

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Oklahoma State takes New Mexico State to court over an old cowboy logo

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

Oklahoma State University has enlisted a Tulsa law firm to file suit against New Mexico State over the use of its cowboy logo.

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Report: No district attorney will investigate District Attorney John Chisholm

Wisconsin  |  1:55 pm

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – Of the 48 Wisconsin district attorneys asked to investigate allegations that Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm abused his power in launching a secret investigation into conservatives, not one is available to take on the job, according to a new report by Dodge County District Attorney Kurt F. Klomberg.

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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.

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 |  Ohio  |  3:18 pm

Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
Embattled Judge Tracie Hunter was suspended without pay from her position Tuesday, by the Ohio State Supreme Court after her conviction on Oct. 14 on charges of unlawful interest in a public contract.
She had been suspended with pay in January, when her she was indicted.
While the jury returned a decision on the unlawful interest [...]

Ohio Supreme Court suspends judge

 |  Washington

Libertarian activist Gavin Seim pulled over a cop in his home state of Washington to draw attention to unlawful traffic stops by police impersonator.

Citizen’s arrest: Activist pulls over cop for driving an unmarked car

 |  New Jersey

On Saturday, around 250 people gathered across from the New Jersey Statehouse in Trenton to protest current laws on medical and recreational marijuana.

Marijuana marchers toke up in Trenton to protest NJ laws

 |  Washington  |  2:33 pm

A secret Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife map obtained by Watchdog Wire purports to show locations of the newly federally protected pocket gopher.

Secret gopher map reveals Washington agency’s power

 |  New Jersey  |  2:42 pm

If red light cameras are really making the public safer from renegade motorists, why are the crash numbers being fudged?

More evidence red light cameras are about the money, not public safety

 |  Texas

On Saturday, the Supreme Court allowed use of Texas’ voter identification law, SB 14, before and during the Nov. 4 election.

Supreme Court allows use of Texas’ voter identification law

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