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Workers stuck paying plush AFL-CIO union salaries

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AFL-CIO headquarters in Washington, D.C. paid the union group’s officers and employees an average of $89,328 during the 2014 fiscal year.

SOLID: The Supreme Court upheld the governor's pension reforms which were heavily opposed by public employee unions.

FL Supreme Court says warrantless cell phone spying a no-go

Florida  |  October 24, 2014

Thanks to the Florida Supreme Court and a drug dealer, police can no longer spy on unsuspecting citizens through their cell phones without a warrant.

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UNC scandal holds lessons for UT investigation

Texas  |  October 24, 2014

The University of North Carolina has uncovered a massive academic scandal stretching back two decades and involving more than 3,000 students, half of them athletes in the school’s premier sports programs.

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Top reporter failed to disclose ties to Dem AG candidate

Nevada  |  October 23, 2014

 
By Ciara Matthews | Watchdog.org
Nevada political reporter Jon Ralston has used his television show and blog to slam Republican attorney general candidate Adam Laxalt.
It’s possible the heat in Ralston’s anti-Laxalt reporting is generated by Ralston’s undisclosed personal and professional relationship with former Gov. Bob Miller, father of Laxalt’s opponent, Democrat Ross Miller.
In his autobiography, “Son of a [...]

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New technologies help clean up coal piles from PA communities

Pennsylvania  |  October 24, 2014

Pennsylvania has an estimated 212 million cubic yards of coal waste which has been a problem no one seemed able to fix. But a newer type of power plants is taking up that challenge. So far, they have saved taxpayers up to $224 million.

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Government agency fights $23,000 city tax bill

Minnesota  |  October 24, 2014

Dozens of property and business owners seethed when the city of St. Paul handed out $2.3 million in assessments for street improvements on the Green Line light rail construction project.

Still, it came as a surprise this week when someone not only complained but stepped up, refusing to pay a $23,000 assessment for streetscape and lighting improvements — at least for now.

Even more surprising the group that decided to take on the city wasn’t a business or landlord, but rather another unit of local government, namely, the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District board.

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Tobacco commission’s millions go up in smoke

Virginia  |  October 24, 2014

More than $5.2 million in “tobacco” grants to Virginia communities have disappeared, leaving some of the state’s most depressed areas deeper in the red.

From July 2007 until October 2014, 22 localities defaulted on Tobacco Region Opportunity Fund (TROF) grants or owe the Virginia Indemnification and Community Revitalization Commission money, said Ned Stephenson, the commission’s deputy director.

The county, ironically, is represented by Terry Kilgore, the chairman of the Virginia Tobacco Commission.

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Bureaucrats behaving badly: Alabama VA officials slammed in annual ‘Wastebook’

Alabama  |  October 24, 2014

The Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System was cited not once, not twice, but three times in a retiring conservative U.S. senator’s annual study on government waste and abuse.

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Facing bleak economy, VA millenials want government to do more — and get out of the way

Virginia  |  October 24, 2014

Virginia Millenials have some interesting ideas and political preferences.

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Oklahoma State takes New Mexico State to court over an old cowboy logo

New Mexico  |  October 24, 2014

Oklahoma State University has enlisted a Tulsa law firm to file suit against New Mexico State over the use of its cowboy logo.

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Taxpayers stripped of $117,521 for naked hippie commune research

Vermont  |  October 24, 2014

Americans will soon get the full monty on the hippie commune movement that invaded Vermont in the 1970s, thanks to a federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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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.

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 |  Colorado

A set of Democratic-supporting 527s and independent expenditure committees may be in violation of Colorado campaign finance law.

Questions rise over Democratic groups’ campaign finances in state senate races

 |  California  |  12:39 pm

A bill was signed permitting California community colleges to award bachelor’s degrees in vocational fields which typically only offer associate degrees.

Four-year degrees pushed at California community colleges

 |  Ohio

Brad Matthews | WatchdogWire.com
Embattled Judge Tracie Hunter was suspended without pay from her position Tuesday, by the Ohio State Supreme Court after her conviction on Oct. 14 on charges of unlawful interest in a public contract.
She had been suspended with pay in January, when her she was indicted.
While the jury returned a decision on the unlawful interest [...]

Ohio Supreme Court suspends judge

 |  Nevada  |  12:30 pm

More and more Nevadans are participating in early voting, but this trend may not mean an increase in the number of those voting.

Nevadans’ voting habits may change, but participation is another story

 |  North Carolina  |  12:25 pm

Democrats at the state fair in North Carolina put up a deceptive poster showing a decline in teacher pay by leaving out the last three years of an upswing.

Democrats’ display at state fair deceive public on teacher pay

 |  Washington

A secret Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife map obtained by Watchdog Wire purports to show locations of the newly federally protected pocket gopher.

Secret gopher map reveals Washington agency’s power

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