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Teacher defends Purple Penguin gender sensitivity handouts

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A Nebraska middle school teacher who gave her colleagues gender inclusiveness training guidelines last month says they were simply meant to start a conversation, not spark a national controversy. But a parent says the district is going overboard accommodating a gender fluid preschooler who dresses as a boy some days, a girl others.

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Uber drivers in Auburn could face arrest

Alabama  |  October 17, 2014

If Auburn residents are driving for Uber, as company officials claim, they risk arrest like their counterparts in Tuscaloosa.

TAKING ON THE LAW: Delegate Mark Cole wants to curb asset forfeiture abuses.

Virginia lawmaker targets police asset seizures

Virginia  |  October 17, 2014

Blasting a “fundamentally un-American” seizure of assets from citizens, a state lawmaker wants to rein in police powers in Virginia.

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Prescription drug monitoring program on road to becoming PA law

Pennsylvania  |  October 17, 2014

The desire for public health protections trumped privacy concerns Thursday, as the state Senate sent legislation that would establish a broad prescription monitoring program to Gov. Tom Corbett’s desk.

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Legislator wants to revoke permit on unpopular wind project

Minnesota  |  October 17, 2014

How long is too long?

Well, about six years— and counting — in the view of dozens of rural residents fighting a proposed 1,600-acre, 10-turbine wind farm in southern Minnesota.

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Vermont principal: Kids raised on gadgets boosting special education

Vermont  |  October 17, 2014

Taxpayers wanting to know why special education spending never declines in Vermont might as well “ask Siri.” But according to one principal, Siri could be part of the problem.

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$1.7 million in taxpayer bucks supposed to fix youth violence in Memphis

Tennessee  |  October 17, 2014

By Chris Butler | Tennessee Watchdog
NASHVILLE — This time next year, there’s a chance you’ll think of Memphis as a safe, happy, crime-free place. For that, you can thank the federal government.
The federal departments of education and justice have announced they are sending a combined $1.7 million in taxpayer money to combat youth violence in the [...]

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Iowa law makes marijuana oil legal to possess but impossible to get

Iowa  |  October 17, 2014

Paperwork and bureaucracy but no actual medicine. That’s Iowa’s new prescription for children suffering from intractable epilepsy.

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Nevada AG race: Ross Miller’s strip-club confidential

Nevada  |  October 16, 2014

By Ciara Matthews | Watchdog.org
In most U.S. states, candidates for public office might say “thanks, but no thanks” to a strip-club owner’s offer to host a campaign fundraiser. But this is Nevada.
Jamy Keshmiri, co-owner with his brother of the Wild Orchid and Fantasy Girls strip clubs in Reno, held a fundraiser Wednesday night for Ross Miller, [...]

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New online tool predicts Ohio voucher eligibility

Ohio  |  October 16, 2014

If you have children in school and want a quick way to know if they’re eligible for an Ohio voucher, your wait is over. Thanks to School Choice Ohio, a few simple clicks will give you a reliable indication which, if any, of the state’s voucher programs you child qualifies for.

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Union bosses take big bucks from boilermakers

National  |  October 16, 2014

Three International Brotherhood of Boilermakers officers were paid more than $500,000 during the union’s fiscal year ending June 30, 2014.

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Leawood throws the book at Little Free Library

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The city of Leawood is using the full power of the law to protect property values from the threat of, uh, free cabinet-sized libraries.

A municipal statute designed to ban all detached structures is being levied against Leawood residents Brian and Sarah Collins after their 9-year-old son, Spencer, worked with his dad and grandpa to build the Little Free Library as a Mother’s Day gift.

WATCHDOG CITIZEN NEWS

 |  New Jersey

The New Jersey state Assembly will likely pass a bill to allow sports betting in the state, following the Senate which approved sports betting Tuesday.

New Jersey Senate passes sports betting bill, Assembly to follow

By Melissa Genson | WatchdogWire.com
With President Obama’s blessing, organized labor unions have focused their ‘Fight for 15′ minimum wage movement on food service workers in large corporations.
Across the country, support has been growing.
Ironically, those big corporations are the most prepared to compensate for increased labor costs with “Smart Dining” — replacing workers with machines.
Restaurant chains [...]

How ‘Fight for 15′ will lead to ‘Smart Dining’ and fewer jobs

 |  North Carolina

North Carolina’s real estate schools aren’t living up to standards set by the state’s real estate commission, a document obtained by Watchdog Wire shows.

Real estate schools fail to meet commission standards

 |  Colorado

‘Listening sessions’ seeking public comment on the plan to prohibit certain vehicles from Monument Road are costing taxpayers money and stifling speech.

National Parks ‘listening sessions’ cost $38,320 and filter free speech

 |  Michigan

This November, ballot proposals 14-1 and 14-2, referendums of Act 520 of 2012 and Act 21 of 2013 respectively, would make wolves a game species in Michigan.

Proposals 1 and 2: Protect the wolves or make them game?

 |  North Carolina

When a school system campaigns for a sales tax referendum in an upcoming election, is this overstepping North Carolina law?

Is a school system’s campaign for a ballot referendum legal?

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