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Teachers union boss loses 40,000 members, gets a raise

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National Education Association president Dennis Van Roekel received a huge pay raise this year while the teachers union lost more than 40,000 members.

DOUBLE CAPACITY: "The Deuce," one of Las Vegas' fleet of double-decker buses rolls down the Strip, clearing pedestrian bridges with ease.

Double-deck buses for Arlington after streetcars fail?

Virginia  |  4:00 am

As die-hard streetcar pushers try to get their derailed project back on track politically, others are moving on with a proposal to bring double-decker buses to Arlington.

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OKC taxpayers fork over millions to retiring city workers

Oklahoma  |  4:00 am

In the past five years, Oklahoma City taxpayers have cut checks totaling $20.6 million to retiring city employees for accrued vacation and sick leave, Watchdog.org found through an analysis of city databases.

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Citing tougher scrutiny, Republican upends VA Senate with resignation

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Republican state Sen. John Watkins is retiring after three and a half decades in the General Assembly, throwing the future of party control of the Senate into chaos once more.

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Internet fact checks contributed to Dems defeat, pundit says

North Carolina  |  4:00 am

A major reason for U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan’s loss – and the defeats of most legislative candidates down the ballot — lies in one simple concept.

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Roger and Beth Ailes show Veterans Day should be every day

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By Jason Stverak | Watchdog.org
Retired U.S. Army Gen. John M. “Jack” Keane presented Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and his wife Beth with the lifetime achievement award from the Green Beret Foundation.
The awards recognized Roger and Beth Ailes for their “staunch support of our military and for continuously upholding Green Beret traditions and […]

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Prisoners file $1 billion in fraudulent tax returns, audit finds

National  |  November 25, 2014

Inmates and their accomplices filed $1 billion in fraudulent tax returns in 2012, a six-fold increase from 2007, according to a report released Tuesday by the Internal Revenue Service’s auditor.

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Billion dollar Vikings stadium still not for the birds

Minnesota  |  November 25, 2014

Bird lovers launched a last-ditch drive at Friday’s Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority meeting to protect migratory species from what they consider a killer Minnesota Vikings football stadium being built with $500 million in taxpayer funding.

The Minnesota Citizens for the Protection of Migratory Birds went to the top of the political pecking order, calling on Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton to fire MSFA chairwoman Michele Kelm-Helgen.

Hi Rep. Bob McDermott holds up a copy of notes from an 11-year-old student enrolled in the sex education classes in the state's public schools. Many parents complained the content is inappropriate and graphic for their children.

University of Hawaii won’t talk about sex education program

Hawaii  |  November 25, 2014

By Malia Zimmerman |Watchdog.org
HONOLULU – Hawaii State Rep. Bob McDermott is slamming the University of Hawaii over its refusal to disclose data collected from middle school students during a controversial sex education program.
The Hawaii State Department of Education conducts “Pono Choices,” a sex education program for 11-, 12- and 13-year-olds, in partnership with university researchers from […]

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Good, bad news in Ohio’s unemployment rate

Ohio  |  8:59 am

There was both good and bad news in the latest unemployment numbers for Ohio. The good news is that the unemployment rate fell to 5.6 percent in September. That’s down from 5.7 percent in August.

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FL scammers accused of taking $25 million from taxpayers

Florida  |  November 25, 2014

Already a hot bed for identity theft, insurance and health care fraud, a South Florida-based scheme allegedly enriched 11 people who used public health services to scam foreign nationals.

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Remy goes hard at Obamacare, #Grubergate and Lena Dunham

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As #Grubergate continues to unfold, Reason.com’s Remy offers up a new video revealing just how President Obama’s administration discussed selling Obamacare to the American people.

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 |  Michigan

By Izzy Lyman | WatchdogWire.com
Charlie LeDuff, a Fox 2 reporter known for his offbeat exposés, went mano a mano with a Wayne County squatter.
Lynn Arthur Williams Jr., on probation for a felonious assault with a deadly weapon, had taken up residence in a single-family Detroit home bought by Sarah Hamilton-Gilmer.
Hamilton-Gilmer planned on a third-party short sale […]

Bathrobe-wearing watchdog turns tables on Detroit squatter

 |  Colorado

On the 19th edition of ALEC’s Report Card, Colorado education performance and policies ranked highly among states, with many improvements still to be made.

Report: Colorado education fares OK, rates well next to other states

 |  Colorado

Denver’s real unemployment rate, like Colorado’s is much higher than the official published figured would indicate.

Denver’s real unemployment rate mirrors Colorado’s

 |  Massachusetts

Westminster, MA will hear public comment to make the town the first municipality in the US to ban the sale of all tobacco products within its borders.

Massachusetts town may ban sale of all tobacco products

 |  Alabama

Huntsville schools paid an ex-FBI agent $157,000 to oversee security reforms, including monitoring the social media accounts of the district’s students.

Alabama school district pays ex-FBI agent to monitor students’ social media

 |  Nevada

Nevada Republicans made history in the midterm elections, controlling both houses of the Legislature and Governor’s office for the first time since 1929.

Red tsunami hits Nevada

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