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Bike accidents raise concerns over ‘complete streets’ vision for Vermont

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Vermont’s towns and cities are increasingly known for bike-friendliness. But multiple bicycle fatalities in recent weeks have communities on edge, and are raising concerns about whether bikes and cars can safely share the road.

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Governor signs Watchdog.org-prompted welfare ATM bill

Colorado  |  April 30, 2015

A bill intended to block ATM welfare withdrawals at strip bars, liquor stores, pot dispensaries and casinos, which was introduced after a series of Watchdog.org stories exposed thousands of tax dollars taken out at those locations, passed the Colorado Legislature and is on Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk.

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Ohio House bill could save billions in medical costs each year

Ohio  |  May 1, 2015

With Medicaid spending skyrocketing due to Ohio’s Obamacare expansion, state lawmakers have introduced a bill meant to curb health care costs.

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Bottoms up: Muni liquor stores take big losses in Minnesota

Minnesota  |  May 1, 2015

Minnesota’s municipal liquor stores already lost the battle to keep four Total Wine superstores out of Minnesota, but they can’t afford to lose the war.

That conflict, the price war, costs some municipal liquor operations hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits that go to subsidizing city programs such as golf, art centers and ice arenas.

Cities with liquor stores may have monopolies inside their boundaries, but Total Wine draws consumers that are looking for a deal from near and far. As competition picks up, cities scramble to cut prices and try new tactics that rile the mega discounter.

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Hispanics for School Choice is bringing its Wisconsin experience to Texas

Education  |  May 1, 2015

By Paul Brennan | Watchdog.org
MILWAUKEE, Wis.— In many ways, Wisconsin and Texas are as different as a dairy cow and a longhorn steer.
But not when it comes to parents seeking the best education for their children, according to Jason Crye.
“The needs are the same,” Crye, executive director of Hispanics for School Choice, told Watchdog.org.
Milwaukee-based HFSC […]

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Florida communities could lose millions with massive solar implementation

Energy and Environment  |  April 30, 2015

Florida communities and utilities will lose a minimum of $755 million a year — which will be charged to residents in higher rates and possibly taxes — if a proposed solar expansion amendment is passed in 2016, a coalition says.

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State Patrol nominee contradicts his 2007 trial testimony

Nebraska  |  May 1, 2015

This week the man tapped to be the head of the Nebraska State Patrol admitted to lawmakers he made a statement that women shouldn’t be in law enforcement, but he denied making that statement under oath in a 2007 trial.

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Going after the federal government’s porn problem

Wisconsin  |  May 1, 2015

Last year, a report by the EPA’s inspector general unveiled an unidentified agency employee was watching as much as six hours of porn a day on his office computer and had downloaded some 7,000 pornographic files. As of late March, the employee remained on paid administrative leave.

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Mayorkas dodges bullet at visa-investor hearing

Texas  |  May 1, 2015

Bobbing and weaving through a congressional committee hearing, former immigration boss Alejandro Mayorkas frustrated attempts to bring transparency to a controversial investor-visa program — while ducking accountability for his actions.

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Freedom’s just another word for mandatory dues, union says

Labor  |  April 30, 2015

Freedom means being forced to pay a union to keep your job.

RING A BELL? Is the bell tolling for Sweet Briar College? Gov. Terry McAuliffe, who touts his efforts to save and create jobs, says he is open to ideas to keep the private women's college from closing.

McAuliffe ‘open’ to saving Sweet Briar College

Education  |  April 30, 2015

Gov. Terry McAuliffe says he’s open to “any creative plan” to keep historic Sweet Briar College from closing this summer. Alumnae say they have one.

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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.