GOVERNMENT PLANNING GOES BUST: California’s drought has been worsened by government edicts that have drained the Central Valley, the state’s agricultural breadbasket.

Water war: Senators blast EPA’s ‘end-run’ rule

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Virginia’s 21 Republican state senators say a “Waters of the United States” rule targets farmers and could cost the state and landowners untold millions of dollars.

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Vermont struggling to fund its courts

Vermont  |  4:00 am

Despite 3 percent spending growth over the last five years, the Vermont judiciary is struggling to keep judges on the bench. The state’s chief Superior Court judge says vacancies will continue if the Legislature doesn’t provide additional funding.

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Nurses: Regulations hamper health-care efficiency in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

It’s National Nurses Day this Wednesday, and nurse practitioners in the Keystone State are pushing to expand care and lower costs. These reforms are supported by broad coalitions – as well as parallel bills in the General Assembly.

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Ohio hides its $11 billion pension debt

Ohio  |  4:00 am

Ohio hides 99 percent of its retirement debt. The state reported $156 million in pension and health care benefits but actually owes $11 billion.

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Lawmakers confirm top cop, despite concerns

Nebraska  |  2:10 pm

The governor’s appointees to lead state agencies usually slide through the Legislature easily, but his choice for the state’s top cop was debated for several hours Tuesday before getting the nod.

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Five years later: America just learning ‘tyrannical’ secrets of Wisconsin’s John Doe

Wisconsin  |  May 5, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – If all of this had gone down a little differently, the prosecutors behind Wisconsin’s infamous John Doe investigations might be marking May 5 – the fifth anniversary of the secret political probes – by sipping Coronas on Cinco de Mayo and boasting about their great successes in taking down Gov. Scott Walker and Wisconsin conservative activists.

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Veteran educators bring decades of experience to new Wisconsin charter school

Education  |  May 5, 2015

Jeff Bersch’s enthusiasm for teaching is obvious as he shows his students at Milwaukee Environmental Sciences Charter School how to solve a math problem.

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Pennsylvania plugs part of budget hole with other people’s property

Pennsylvania  |  May 5, 2015

Changes to Pennsylvania’s unclaimed property laws is producing a surge in revenue.

WAGES ON THE RISE: Minimum wage will soon increase in New Jersey, and Democrats in Pennsylvania are clamoring for similar action. But economists are divided when it comes to who benefits from minimum wage increases.

Nanny of the Week: Is the minimum wage a nanny state policy?

Washington  |  May 5, 2015

Devin Jerran, who works at a pizza shop in Seattle, is losing his job because of new rules from the city government.

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Lift the crude oil export ban? Obama administration just doesn’t seem that into it

Energy and Environment  |  May 5, 2015

There are indications the Obama administration is reluctant to lift the crude oil export ban.

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich helps Montana expand Obamacare

National  |  May 5, 2015

Obamacare supporters in Montana had fallen short in their efforts to expand Medicaid — and then Ohio Gov. John Kasich came to town.

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West Rankin Utility Authority wins key battle in fight to build new treatment plant

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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.