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Utilities lead the way in Oklahoma lobbying spending

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Anyone reading about 2015 Oklahoma legislative session would think the top issues were the budget shortfall, criminal justice reform, school choice and health care — or even less weighty issues, such as the legalization of switchblades and regulating burial depths.

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Obama admin promotes union fight for fast-food dues

Labor  |  4:00 am

Service Employees International Union wants to take dues from fast-food workers, and the Obama administration wants to help.

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PA Family Institute: ‘Glib’ takes on stripper-registry bill obscure darker story

Pennsylvania  |  4:00 am

Plenty of people have made cracks recently about legislation that would create a registry of strippers in Pennsylvania, but a group supporting increased regulation of adult nightclubs contends flippant comments only obscure a darker story.

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Philadelphia school district battles shadowy perception

Education  |  4:00 am

It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia.

Especially when it comes to the School Reform Commission, which controls Philly public schools under a thick veil of secrecy, according to local politicians and education advocates.

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Cruz calls PolitiFact ‘noxious, yellow journalism’

Texas  |  4:00 am

In his new book, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, calls out “a new, particularly noxious species of yellow journalism that is beginning to infect what passes for modern political discourse. It’s called ‘PolitiFact.’”

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Is taxpayer-subsidized Gretna outlet mall delivering on promises?

Nebraska  |  4:00 am

Proponents of subsidizing over half the cost of a new outlet mall in Gretna said the hefty taxpayer investment would be worth it because the mall would increase property values, employment and income. Has it?

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Data breach victimizes veteran; questions whether gov’t has his back

Minnesota  |  July 3, 2015

Staff Sgt. Dave Thul thought his days in harm’s way ended when he retired from the Minnesota Army National Guard. But on Independence Day 2015, the 22-year military veteran is on the front lines of a cybersecurity war, a fight for which he never volunteered.

The Owatonna vet ranks among at least 4.2 million current and former federal employees whose personal data was compromised in a massive online attack, which some have linked to Chinese hackers.

He questions whether the government has his back.

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American patriotism is at 28 percent, study shows

Louisiana  |  July 3, 2015

While Americans show their patriotism this weekend by flying Old Glory and watching fireworks, only 28 percent of the nation thinks the United States is the best place in the world to live, according to recent study.

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A new teacher learns that small things matter

Education  |  July 3, 2015

By 8 a.m. Monday morning, 175 students had gathered in the gymnasium at Atonement Lutheran School.

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Perks of being president: Virginia’s public university leaders get big pay packages

Virginia  |  July 3, 2015

Running a university with thousands of students and nearly as many demands isn’t an easy job, but with these kinds of paychecks it’s probably worth the trouble.

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Union cash didn’t deter top PA Senate Republican from backing privatization

Pennsylvania  |  July 3, 2015

Money talks in politics, but sometimes not loudly enough.

In March, the political action committee for the union representing employees at Pennsylvania’s state-owned wine and spirits stores cut a check for $7,000 to state Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati, R-Jefferson. Yet, just months later, Scarnati helped muscle through a bill privatizing the state stores and jeopardizing union jobs.

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West Rankin Utility Authority wins key battle in fight to build new treatment plant

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The West Rankin Utility Authority won a key battle Tuesday in its fight to build a new wastewater treatment plant and leave Jackson’s aging facility.