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Don’t expect another big drop at the gas pump after June OPEC meeting

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Sorry, even though gas prices nosedived after OPEC met last November don’t expect another price drop when the cartel meets June 5.

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Mississippi agency denies Oxford House’s charitable status

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

The Mississippi Secretary of State’s office sent a cease and desist letter to Oxford House, which bans them from soliciting for donations in the state.

LET'S MAKE A DEAL: GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry believes the Trans-Pacific Partnership can help America achieve economic growth and job creation comparable  to what occurred in Texas during his years as governor.

Pacific trade pact could boost No. 1 ‘Tex-ports’

Texas  |  4:00 am

Powered by its energy sector, Texas leads the nation in exports. Shipping out $326 billion worth of goods and services has driven the Lone Star State’s economy past California, which ranks second in outbound trade.

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MN courts order more transparency for schools promoting bond referendums

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

St. Louis County Schools have finally gotten the message. There’s a tough, new set of rules for districts that take sides in expensive school bond referendums and use taxpayer money to do it.

But it took five years, a unanimous Minnesota Supreme Court decision and two administrative law court reprimands, underscored by a token fine, to reach this point.

”It is precedent-setting. It’s the first school district, when it comes to ballot questions, that had to comply with the campaign finance laws, if you’re going to promote a ballot question,” said John Colosimo, a Virginia attorney for the district in the latest administrative law court setback.

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Ohio bill would end payouts for livestock killed by dogs

Ohio  |  4:00 am

Tucked among the myriad of funding issues in Ohio’s biennial budget bill is a provision that would end payouts to owners when their livestock is killed by a dog.

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Audit of Texas General Land Office: Incentive payouts made without approval

Texas  |  4:00 am

The Texas General Land Office’s most recent coup — after firing the group that had managed the Alamo since 1905 — is to thwart the free-wheeling Alamo Brewing Company from appropriating the Alamo brand and using it to sell beer on the backs of the Texas Revolution.

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Abrahamson asks appeals court to help her hold on to chief justice seat

Wisconsin  |  May 27, 2015

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Watchdog

MADISON, Wis. – State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Abrahamson wants a federal appeals court to help her reclaim the state court’s top job.

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Logogate: Tennessee has 8 graphic artists on state payroll, records show

Tennessee  |  May 27, 2015

Tennessee has eight graphic artists and designers costing taxpayers a yearly sum of $293,000, state records show, yet officials paid a private firm $46,000 to create a new state logo.

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Sanders promises to make nation like Vermont

Vermont  |  May 27, 2015

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, touted his socialist vision for America as thousands of energized supporters cheered the politician’s Vermont-styled solutions on issues from education and health care to a living wage.

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Lincoln to spend $85,000 for artistic lighting for alley

Nebraska  |  May 27, 2015

Lincoln will spend $85,000 on artistic lighting in a downtown alley, as part of the mayor’s quest to have a nationally prominent public art collection.

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

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

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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.