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Persecuted gold mining hobbyist may be headed for U.S. Supreme Court

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Rinehart’s pastime came to a screeching halt on June 16, 2012 — on Father’s Day. That’s when state authorities literally stopped Rinehart in midstream and charged him with a crime under a 2009 state law that bans suction dredge mining.

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Published on: February 17, 2017

Sensenbrenner bill aims to build Mexico border wall with drug cartel money

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“The BUILD WALL Act is a creative solution to a complex problem and I encourage my colleagues to support it,” Sensen ...
Published on: February 16, 2017

Judge in Paxton case prefers Collin County venue, but won’t commit

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The judge in the fraud case of Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton said Thursday he would prefer to keep the trial in Coll ...
Published on: February 16, 2017

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Lawmaker: Vermont hospitality industry would suffer from $15 minimum wage

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A lawmaker from Stowe is sending up a warning flare to Vermonters that two minimum wage bills being considered in the state House ...
Published on: February 17, 2017
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Male student sues Allegheny College after ‘false accusation’ of sexual assault

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Even though witnesses said the woman lied, a male student was still expelled.
Published on: February 17, 2017

House subcommittee eager to bring in high-performing charter schools

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As representatives from some of the nation’s top-performing charter schools discussed how their programs were successfully closi ...
Published on: February 17, 2017
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New rules intended to keep insurers on Obamacare exchanges while waiting for what’s next

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“Even if Republicans took no steps to repeal the ACA it may become dysfunctional if steps aren’t taken to make sure that insur ...
Published on: February 16, 2017
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Mississippi could challenge decision that prevents state internet sales taxes

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A proposed Mississippi Department of Revenue rule that would create an internet sales tax could spark a court challenge to a 1992 ...
Published on: February 16, 2017
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Vermont telecommunications siting law renewal under scrutiny

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In 2015, Calais spent almost $100,000 on legal and other fees to fight what many residents saw as a poorly sited, intrusive teleco ...
Published on: February 16, 2017

Bill would refund taxes on homes sold under appraised value

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Homeowners whose properties sell at prices below the values set by the local appraisal district would get a tax refund under legis ...
Published on: February 16, 2017
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Florida certificate of need law stalls growing community’s quest for a hospital

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In 2003, the city of North Port looked at its rapidly growing population and made a decision: Sometime soon, it was going to need ...
Published on: February 16, 2017
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Q&A with two of Rutland’s four mayoral candidates

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Four candidates have thrown their hat into the ring to win the city of Rutland coveted mayor’s seat in next month’s Town Meeti ...
Published on: February 16, 2017

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Taxpayers on the hook for Madison Women’s March

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Taxpayers of all political persuasions, per usual, will be forced to pick up the tab.
Published on: February 9, 2017

Scott-backed legislation would block local officials from enforcing U.S. immigration law

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Standing with top lawmakers and Vermont's attorney general, Gov. Phil Scott on Thursday introduced legislation prohibiti ...
Published on: February 9, 2017

Small dairy farmer seeks First Amendment protection from state regulators

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Five years ago, the Florida Department of Agriculture turned its regulatory power on a small third-generation dairy farm ...
Published on: February 1, 2017

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