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North Dakota may lose $5.5B in revenue as oil plunges

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In a departure from revenue projections issued in December, North Dakota lawmakers are now expecting billions less in tax revenues over the next two and a half years.

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Colorado Judicial records policy: Apparently whatever staff wants it to be

Colorado  |  4:00 am

When taxpayers want basic information about the operations of the executive or legislative branch in Colorado, they can file an open records request, and officials have a maximum of 10 business days to turn over the documents.

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Sobering thought: Mississippi Legislature considers powdered alcohol ban

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

The Mississippi House is looking at banning powdered alcohol, a product that isn’t even on sale yet nationally.

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Are e-cigs and tobacco taxes driving MN’s abrupt decline in smoking?

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

Put this in your electronic cigarette and vape it: A comprehensive survey found the lowest smoking rate ever recorded among adult Minnesotans.

Nearly half of former smokers — 45 percent — who kicked the habit used e-cigarettes at some point in the process, according to the survey, which the state paid $850,000 to conduct.

“Public health advocates should cheer the fact that vapor products are now the most commonly used quit smoking product among Minnesota adults,” Greg Conley, American Vaping Association president, said in a statement.

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D.C. board votes to hold adult education charters accountable

Education  |  4:00 am

By Moriah Costa | Watchdog.org
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Adult education charters in D.C. will be ranked next year and held to a similar standard as other charter schools.
The D.C. Public Charter School Board voted unanimously earlier this week to adopt changes to next year’s performance ratings.
The performance indicators are used to rank schools based on test scores, attendance […]

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Virginia lawmakers try to keep budget process transparent with ‘Pelosi’ bills

Virginia  |  4:00 am

It may be tougher for sneaky state lawmakers to tuck things into the budget bill after this year.

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Former police chief: Oak Ridge city manager responsible for current chief’s behavior

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — Former Oak Ridge Police Chief David Beams said he avoids contact with any city police officers he encounters in public, but it’s not because of animosity.
“If I see an officer I know in public then I won’t even speak to them because I’m afraid they will get in trouble […]

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Advocates say Pennsylvania can do more for charter schools

Education  |  4:00 am

Pennsylvania could be a lot friendlier to public charter schools.

That’s the message delivered by a pair of independent reports that call for an equitable funding formula and more hospitable policies for the state’s charter schools.

SKEPTIC: Former Stafford County Supervisor Susan Stimpson is challenging House Speaker Bill Howell in the Republican primary, charging that lawmakers are misusing public-private partnerships.

Stimpson accuses Virginia GOP of helping Howell

Virginia  |  4:00 am

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau
RICHMOND, Va. — Delegate Bill Howell’s primary opponent is accusing the Republican Party of taking sides by mailing a glossy “survey” for the House speaker.
Susan Stimpson’s campaign charges that party officials crossed the line from constituent outreach to outright campaigning by using their bulk mail permit to post the piece […]

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Right-to-work bill clears first hurdle in New Mexico

New Mexico  |  4:00 am

The House Business and Employment Committee on Thursday passed the first of five right-to-work bills prefiled for the legislative session.

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After damaging silence, Baldwin now calls for probe of troubled VA center

Wisconsin  |  1:50 pm

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is now calling for a “broad and detailed” investigation of the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the VA system at large in the wake of bombshell reports of mass overprescribing of opiates that may have led to the death of a Marine Corps veteran.

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