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City’s bad decisions sink public pensions

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The Pennsylvania auditor general’s office did not mince words in its report on Jeannette, Pennsylvania’s pension problems: officials need to make “fiscally responsible decisions.” And the city’s recent promises to its uniformed retirees don’t seem to fall into that category.

COME ON DOWN: Gov. Terry McAuliffe boasts about bringing new business to Virginia, but the state’s workforce participation numbers have been declining steadily since May.

McAuliffe: Making contracts with outside law firms public, accountable would ‘impose harmful restrictions’

Virginia  |  4:00 am

Virginia taxpayers may never know why the Virginia Retirement System needed $322,000 worth of outside legal aid last year for investments alone. Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would have made all legal contracts the state makes with outside special counsel available online for the public.

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Conservative Alabama news site trolls readers on governor party switch

Alabama  |  10:22 am

The joke’s on Yellowhammer News readers if they believed a Wednesday morning post that said Gov. Robert Bentley had switched to the Democratic Party.

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Don’t drink, don’t smoke: Illinois eyes bans on powdered alcohol and caffeine, e-cigs

Illinois  |  4:00 am

Illinois lawmakers are close to banning — or partially banning — new versions of some of the most popular products on any convenience store shelf.

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Mississippi bond bills would provide money for Gulfport aquarium, pet projects

Mississippi  |  4:00 am

A proposed Gulfport aquarium would get $24.5 million if a pair of bond bills are signed by Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant

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Minnesota lawmakers: Zip public funding for proposed Zip Rail line

Minnesota  |  4:00 am

Trust, but verify. That might as well be the mantra of wary legislators out to protect taxpayers and property owners in the wake of the latest proposal for a high speed rail line from the Twin Cities to Rochester.

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EPA carbon plan will kill 38,000 Virginia jobs, report says

Energy and Environment  |  4:00 am

The Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Air Plan will boost Virginia’s electric rates 25 percent and eliminate 38,000 jobs in the state, a new study predicts.

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SBA gives business loan to woman now under federal indictment

Louisiana  |  4:00 am

By Chris Butler | Louisiana Watchdog
Lisa Crinel, a New Orleans wedding caterer under federal indictment, according to the FBI, could have gone through a private lender to help her start up her business.
Instead, Crinel, who was also the city’s 2004 Zulu Queen, got federal taxpayers involved in starting up her business, called LACE — The Grand […]

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UT regent blasts speaker for ‘abuse of office’

Texas  |  March 31, 2015

By Jon Cassidy | Watchdog.org
University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall accused the speaker of the Texas House and two other state lawmakers of abusing their offices Tuesday, hours after a Travis County grand jury decided it had no cause to indict Hall.
For the past two years, Hall’s few public comments on the inquisition he’s undergone have […]

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North Dakota University System chancellor candidate withdraws after blowback

Education  |  9:15 am

The North Dakota University System is looking for a new chancellor. For a brief amount of time it seemed that new chancellor could be an old chancellor who left the position previously amid controversy.

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Whistleblower says senator’s visit won’t change anything at embattled VA

National  |  March 31, 2015

By Tori Richards | Watchdog.org
The whistleblower who revealed secret waiting lists at a Louisiana veterans hospital plagued by supply shortages and shoddy care expressed skepticism that a U.S. senator’s visit Monday would change anything.
Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-La., said he toured the facility in response to stories by Watchdog.org that detailed how Overton Brooks VA Medical Center […]

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