TEXAS TURBINES: Getting wind power to consumers is proving a costly proposition for Texans.

Green power lines hogtie poorest Texans

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“Green” power is smacking Texans with higher utility bills, but Democratic lawmakers in Austin, aided by wayward Republicans, don’t care. They’re stalling legislation that would reel in wind-energy costs.

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Gifts to Gov. Christie are not ‘gifts,’ rules NJ attorney general

New Jersey  |  11:31 am

In New Jersey, a gift is not a gift – particularly if you’re the governor and your subordinates interpret ethics rules in your favor. The bottom line, strange but true: Chris Christie does not have to report favors — such as football trips paid by Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones — as gifts unless it can be shown he did something in exchange for them.

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Chancellor Bill McRaven’s UT cover-up has no defenders

Texas  |  May 21, 2015

When Bill McRaven ran the Joint Special Operations Command, JSOC’s stated goal was simple: “know everything.”

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Dish TV CEO to taxpayers who gave him $3 billion subsidy: You’re the real winners

National  |  12:58 pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Embattled Dish CEO Charles Ergen admits he’s using small-business subsidies to build his global wireless capacity, but the billionaire says taxpayers will benefit anyhow.

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Public emails reveal complete streets battle over Rutland City road grant

Vermont  |  May 21, 2015

Officials in Rutland just want to fix a failing road at an affordable price. But directors at the Rutland Regional Planning Commission say the project must include bike lanes at any cost — they’re even putting pressure on a critical road grant to get their way.

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Sources: MPD missed warning signs of coming video system crash

Wisconsin  |  May 20, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – Human error did play a substantial role in the catastrophic crash in January of a Milwaukee Police Department’s video system used to record interrogations and confessions of criminal suspects, multiple sources inside and connected to the police department tell Wisconsin Watchdog.

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Obamacare expansion cash could fill huge highway funding gap

National  |  May 21, 2015

Are Republicans willing to increase taxes or cut infrastructure spending to keep federal taxpayers on the hook for Obamacare expansion?

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Pennsylvania charter schools grilled on financial information

Education  |  May 21, 2015

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association is pressing all of the state’s charter schools and cyber charters to make specific financial data available through a blanket right-to-know request filed last week.

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Despite school closing, Education Management ‘committed’ to repaying state grant

Pennsylvania  |  May 21, 2015

Education Management Corporation, which operates private, for-profit colleges across the country, announced earlier this month it will close 15 of its locations, including the Art Institute of York.

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North Dakota tax revenue drop shows slowing state economy amid low oil prices

North Dakota  |  9:25 am

For the first time since oil prices began a plunge in late 2014, North Dakota has failed to see an increase in monthly general fund tax revenues.

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Precedent of license plate reader lawsuit against Fairfax hard to tell

Virginia  |  May 21, 2015

The Fairfax County Police Department uses 26 automatic license plate readers to scan drivers’ tags in hopes of catching people breaking the law

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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.