WATER WAR: Opponents say the EPA's "Waters of the United States" could even regulate cattle ponds like this one in Texas.

Texas business group slams EPA water grab

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A state business alliance is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of seeking to control “every pond, puddle and ditch in Texas.”

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$h!t show: North Dakota town, sewage companies battle over poop

North Dakota  |  4:00 am

What’s something you thought you’d never hear someone say they were short of? Sewage. Human waste. Poop.

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Bills designed to protect individuals, businesses fail this session

Colorado  |  4:00 am

Bills that would have prevented police seizures of money and property without a criminal charge and helped people who say court receiverships ruined their businesses failed in this year’s Legislature.

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Study: More freedom leads to better results for charter school students

Education  |  4:00 am

Allowing schools greater independence to make important policy decisions leads to better results for students, according to a new study from the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty.

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Erie eatery an example of innovative business launch campaign – without government

Pennsylvania  |  May 25, 2015

Downtown Erie now hosts a restaurant with an innovative birth. Like My Thai began as a pop-up restaurant, but thanks to local professor’s ingenious program, the husband-wife team now has a restaurant of their own that has done so well that, one weekend, they had to turn some folks away.

Quickstarter is an innovative program for new-business development in the Erie region that assists “pre-entrepreneurs” design tailored fundraising projects, giving them a fuller toolkit to launch themselves into the fundraising arena – and into the marketplace at large.

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Why is Russia in favor of a nuclear deal with Iran? Energy takes a backseat

Energy and Environment  |  May 25, 2015

Why is Russia in favor of a nuclear agreement with Iran if Russia’s energy sectors will be hurt by a deal?

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Not just hookers: Oil-patch women say energy industry is safe place with opportunities

North Dakota  |  May 25, 2015

By Rob Port | Watchdog.org North Dakota Bureau
BISMARCK, N.D. — Judging by its critics, the energy industry – and specifically the oil and gas industry in North Dakota – isn’t female-friendly. Yet women who live and work in the oil patch say the energy industry isn’t just a safe place for women, but that there are […]

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Pricey new Tennessee logo source of ridicule, angst on social media

Tennessee  |  May 25, 2015

Some taxpayers in Tennessee saw the new official state logo and said they cackled with laughter.

Others took to social media to vent their anger after learning state officials paid $46,000 for a Nashville-based firm to create a new state logo they say a 5-year-old could design.

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Southeast Ohio businesses still fighting oil and gas tax hike

Ohio  |  May 25, 2015

In Marietta, Ohio, business owners still have an oil and gas tax hike Gov. John Kasich has fought for since 2012 hanging over their heads.

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Nanny of the Week: NJ continues ban on self-serve gasoline, because sometimes it snows

National  |  May 25, 2015

New Jersey is one of just two states in the country that prohibits drivers from pumping their own gasoline. That won’t be changing any time soon.

CANNABIS CONUNDRUM: A bill allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis could hit a brick wall in the state House.

‘Slap in the face:’ Mother questions committee assignment for medical cannabis bill

Pennsylvania  |  May 25, 2015

May 12 was an exhilarating day for Lolly Bentch, who has been lobbying state lawmakers to approve the use of medical cannabis for nearly two years.




Jon Stewart obliterates ‘slimy’ Democrats over Gruber

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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.