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Memphis to get federal help for industry threatened by Obamacare

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The Obama administration has made Memphis’ medical device manufacturers eligible for a federal program to train thousands of new employees, but, nationwide, the industry is laying people off because of a steep Obamacare tax.

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New Jersey pensions sue Christie for $4 billion in missed payments

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New Jersey’s three largest public pension plans are taking Gov. Chris Christie to court in a renewed effort to force the state to pay more than $4 billion in missed payments to retirement funds.

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Colorado senator says he has no records on his lobbyist-written elderly care bill

Colorado  |  July 24, 2015

The state senator who carried a lobbyist-written bill this session on elderly care changes contends he has no records about his interaction with special-interest lobbyists on the topic, highlighting what critics say is a major problem in legislative transparency.

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San Antonio mayor gets more ammo in police, fire showdown

Labor  |  July 24, 2015

A new report could give San Antonio Mayor Ivy Taylor more legal leverage in contentious negotiations with the city’s police and fire unions.

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Kemper Project makes for an expensive natural gas plant

Energy and Environment  |  July 24, 2015

With the gasifier not set to become operational until 2016, the Kemper Project is now just an expensive natural gas plant.

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Rand Paul’s ‘Economic Freedom Zone’ a fix for western PA?

Pennsylvania  |  July 24, 2015

Rand Paul wants troubled cities declared “Economic Freedom Zones,” with targeted tax cuts and reduced regulation to promote growth and spur jobs. photo

Justice Department ‘stonewalls’ senator over Wisconsin school choice investigation

Education  |  July 24, 2015

No results, no explanation and no end in sight.

That sums up the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into whether the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Alaska governor plans to impose Obamacare expansion on his state

Alaska  |  July 24, 2015

Alaska is about to hop aboard the Obamacare expansion train even as it’s hurtling off the rails.

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7 questions yet to be answered about Lincoln VA project

Nebraska  |  July 24, 2015

Lincoln officials appear eager to approve a plan to redevelop the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs campus, despite lingering questions raised by a Nebraska Watchdog investigation.

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John Doe horror stories: ‘I felt completely helpless in my own home’

Wisconsin  |  July 23, 2015

“I told the deputy who was guarding us that I wanted to call my lawyer. She backed me down on the sofa and told me I could not call anyone.”

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A big fight over a natural gas pipeline project divides Massachusetts

Energy and Environment  |  July 23, 2015

A natural gas pipeline proposal for Massachusetts and New England is designed to give relief from high electricity prices but it’s running into opposition.


Memphis officials in a giving mood

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Shelby County has a little money left in its budget, and commissioners are in a giving mood.

North Dakota takes 20 years to convict man of DUI

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Jason William Gale was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol earlier this month. The rub? He was charged with that offense 20 years ago.

Houston’s debt passes Detroit’s

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According to a key measure of fiscal health, Houston’s situation is nearly as bad as that of Chicago, which is starting to collapse under its debt burdens.

McRaven trolls Dallas Morning News

UT's board of regents don't want anyone to see the data investigators dug up/

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Chancellor Bill McRaven is daring the paper to follow up on its coverage of the influence-peddling scandal at the University of Texas.

Tesla got $295M in subsidies for technology it didn’t offer

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“This isn’t a science fair. We should be paying for results,” said a California lawmaker of the Tesla Motors subsidies.

Nanny State of the Week: Lawsuit challenges Seattle trash snooping

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Seattle officials have deputized trashmen as a sort of secret police who are ordered to rat on residents’ trash habits to the nannies at the Seattle Public Utilities.


Philly candidate who blasted money in politics gets excessive campaign donation

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A candidate for Philadelphia City Council who has railed against money in politics received an excessive donation from the local teachers union, investigators have found. photo

Justice Department ‘stonewalls’ senator over Wisconsin school choice investigation

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No results, no explanation and no end in sight.

That sums up the U.S. Department of Justice’s investigation into whether the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program is violating the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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In D.C., parents risk jail to get students into highly ranked schools

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D.C. has cracked down on parents lying to city and school officials about where they live, after an increase in tips that families from nearby Maryland and Virginia are illegally enrolling their children.