Mystery photo: NM horse racing officials review cheating allegations

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The New Mexico Racing Commission is investigating a mystery photo of two men to determine if they are trainers banned from the All American Futurity.

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Audit: Tennis coach took $95,000 from taxpayers

Tennessee  |  October 1, 2014

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — A man who worked for Nashville’s Centennial Sportsplex Tennis Center and won a prestigious award this year from an international organization allegedly stole $95,310 from city taxpayers, according to a Comptroller’s audit released Tuesday.
A Davidson County grand jury indicted Blain Smith, the Sportsplex’s former special programs coordinator, this week on one [...]

NO TRANSPARENCY: Hawaii Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom filed the complaint with the U.S. GAO which will be investigated

Hawaii will go bust by 2016, Senate minority leader says

Hawaii  |  October 1, 2014

By Malia Zimmerman |
HONOLULU — Hawaii Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom is warning fellow lawmakers he has serious concerns about the state’s economic future.
Slom, the only Republican in the 25-member Senate, cites the Council on Revenues’ recent downgraded economic forecast indicating Hawaii is in a much worse financial position than anticipated.
“Hawaii is set to go [...]

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St. Paul’s College president: Federal funds to house border kids like ‘manna from heaven’

Virginia  |  October 1, 2014

When it closed last year, Lawrenceville’s private St. Paul’s College had some serious debts to pay. So, accepting the federal government’s offer to pay the shuttered Virginia college $160,000 a month for housing unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally made financial sense.

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Shumlin SUV appearance at green event underscores contradictions in ‘Net Zero’

Vermont  |  8:07 am

Gov. Peter Shumlin arrived at a solar energy ceremony Tuesday in a gas-guzzling SUV, and with no sunshine anywhere. The optics blunder underscored some of the contradictions inherent in Net Zero Montpelier.

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Endangered bats may pose little threat to wind developers

Minnesota  |  October 1, 2014

Nothing strikes fear into developers and property owners more than a new critter on the Endangered Species Act list.

Case in point: The northern long-eared bat, found in 39 states. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will probably place it on the list in April, and the logging industry is worried.

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Google’s green energy investments color Schmidt’s ALEC accusations

National  |  October 1, 2014

Both Google’s energy usage and renewable energy investments are raising questions over whether Eric Schmidt’s recent climate change statements are as altruistic as he or Google would have the public believe.

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George Sinner campaign polls nonexistent registered ND voters

North Dakota  |  9:12 am

Democrat George Sinner’s campaign has been using an internal poll showing a lead for them in North Dakota’s at-large House race to raise funds and leverage national headlines.

President Obama's signature Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, includes a tax on insurers that an analysis projects will cost health insurance consumers hundreds more. The House now has the numbers to repeal the tax, but what about the Senate? Business as usual, an administration official says.

Open government groups ask President Obama for more transparency

National  |  October 1, 2014

Government transparency groups are again confronting the “most transparent administration in history,” this time over a White House memo aimed at filtering Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Federally funded Port of Gulfport continues its financial sink

Mississippi  |  September 30, 2014

A recent audit reveals the Port of Gulfport, which received $581 million from the federal government, continues to lose money.

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Move over Saudi Arabia, here comes U.S. oil and gas

Texas  |  September 30, 2014

Due in large part to what’s called the “shale revolution,” the U.S. is poised to replace Saudi Arabia as the world’s top producer of liquid petroleum.



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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.


 |  Missouri

Press organizations investigating the Michael Brown incident are being charged incredibly high fees for public records by the city of Ferguson, Missouri.

Ferguson officials charge inflated fees for access to public documents

 |  Maryland

A new report claims that use of consumer subsidized Obamaphones in Maryland grew 100-fold in three years.

Obamaphone use up 100-fold in Maryland

 |  Voter Fraud

By Ann Kane |
Should North Carolina change its voting rules less than 40 days before a general election?
A three judge panel from the Fourth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, based in Richmond,met in Charlotte on Thursday to hear arguments from plaintiffs asking for an injunction against new voting rules established by HB 589 in 2013.
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NC: Will judges decide to change voting rules less than 40 days before the election?

 |  Florida

Solicitor General Verrilli recommends to SCOTUS that 2013 ACF Basin lawsuit be delayed until Army Corps of Engineers revises its manual on water use there.

Stuck in the 90s: Tri-state water wars over ACF Basin may be delayed

 |  Florida

By Michael Gold |
The mayor of St. Augustine is under fire, accused of intentionally destabilizing a historic building he owned so it could be demolished.
When you are the oldest continuously occupied city of European origin in the United States and on the precipice of celebrating the 450th Anniversary of your founding, you take preservation [...]

Former St. Augustine mayor accused of causing building mishap to get his way

 |  Montana

Montana had the largest increase in student homelessness among the states for the 2012-2013 school year, according to data released Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Education.

Homelessness among students on rise in Montana