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CHICKEN NANNIES: Columbus is tackling the rash of people raising chickens without enough government supervision

Nanny State of the Week: Chicken nannies hatch new regulations

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While it's perfectly legal to raise chickens as pets or for eggs, rules and regulations surrounding how Americans are legally allowed to do so vary wildly — and as the practice becomes more widespread, the regulations are piling up.

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Published on: September 26, 2016

Grafton, Windham residents fear flooding from turbine project

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Residents in the flood-prone communities surrounding the proposed 28-turbine, 96-megawatt Stiles Brook wind project are ...
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Published on: September 23, 2016

Robocars are here; so are the bureaucrats

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Anyone needing more evidence the robocar revolution is here need look no further than government bureaucrats. With sight ...
FULL SPEED AHEAD: The federal government is preparing to release guidelines for driverless cars as more automakers and tech companies are joining the fray to develop the best autonomous vehicles.
Published on: September 23, 2016

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Evers misses the boat on teacher pay complaint

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When State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers said in his state of education address at the Capitol last week that p ...
Published on: September 23, 2016
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Schimel still weighing options on John Doe leaks

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“This isn't just communications between some government official and someone else, this is political speech that has been violat ...
Published on: September 23, 2016
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Sheriff David Clarke takes down drunk and aggressive passenger on NC-bound flight

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“If it had been directed at me I would have kicked his ass.”
Published on: September 25, 2016
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Rutland’s new zoning administrator attended secret refugee talks with mayor

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Mayor Christopher Louras included Rutland’s new zoning administrator in his secret refugee talks, appointing her for the job mon ...
Published on: September 23, 2016
ESHOO: Her act would supersede state laws limiting local government-backed broadband.

Congressional effort to push local government broadband likely to fail, expert says

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“With Republicans controlling the House and the committee it’s unlikely to get out of committee,” he said.
Published on: September 26, 2016
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Disabled Rexburg man finds opportunity, income through home-sharing services

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A decision to shut down home-sharing services such as an Airbnb and VRBO within city boundaries would close the door on opportunit ...
Published on: September 23, 2016
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Mayor gets sweeping authority over Rutland from a comma

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Rutland’s charter says the Board of Aldermen has governing authority over all affairs of the city, but a creative interpretation ...
Published on: September 22, 2016
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Two years later, corrupt Florida city corrects 3 of 31 violations

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State lawmakers nearly disbanded the small, corrupt city of Hampton, Fla., after an audit revealed 31 violations of local, state a ...
Published on: September 22, 2016
FRACKING IMPRESSIVE: The U.S. economy would have been hundreds of billions of dollars poorer with more than 4 million fewer jobs without the U.S. energy boom of the past several years, a new U.S. Chamber of Commerce report finds.

What if? Report looks at life without U.S. ‘energy renaissance’

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Without the energy renaissance, America would not have created some 4.3 million jobs and would not have realized an estimated $548 ...
Published on: September 23, 2016

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Sheriff David Clarke takes down drunk and aggressive passenger on NC-bound flight

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“If it had been directed at me I would have kicked his ass.”
Published on: September 25, 2016

More evidence points to prosecutors, investigators as source of John Doe leaks

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“There is also evidence to suggest the perpetrator or perpetrators worked closely with outside interests to select the ...
Published on: September 20, 2016

Federal agents stepping up investigation into troubled Social Security offices

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“Now, the Social Security Administration is taking those allegations seriously and a number of investigations and revi ...
Published on: September 21, 2016

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Grafton, Windham residents fear flooding from turbine project

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Residents in the flood-prone communities surrounding the proposed 28-turbine, 96-megawatt Stiles Brook wind project are ...
Published on: September 23, 2016

Rutland’s new zoning administrator attended secret refugee talks with mayor

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Mayor Christopher Louras included Rutland’s new zoning administrator in his secret refugee talks, appointing her for t ...
Published on: September 23, 2016

Vermont town clerk not told about vote tabulator machine vulnerabilities

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Vote tabulation machines can be hacked to switch votes without officials knowing it, but one town clerk in Vermont says ...
Published on: September 22, 2016

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19 elected NYC officials sign letter in support of school choice

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“We are proud to stand with the thousands of families attending Wednesday’s march in Brooklyn,” reads the letter.
Published on: September 26, 2016

Evers misses the boat on teacher pay complaint

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When State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers said in his state of education address at the Capitol last we ...
Published on: September 23, 2016

Colorado’s largest charter school pushing creativity in new facility

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“We want to make sure the first question [teachers] ask and the last question they ask is what’s best for the studen ...
Published on: September 22, 2016