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National Review: Political John Doe victimized 16-year-old boy

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“He could have been in the shower. They could have broken the door down. He could have been shot. Over politics.”

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Will union dues bill haunt Byron Cook?

Texas  |  4:00 am

Whatever else he did during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature, Byron Cook failed to keep a promise to Texas business leaders who aren’t about to let him forget it.

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Tennessee’s gas tax one of nation’s lowest, but don’t increase it yet, critic warns

Tennessee  |  4:00 am

The chairman of the Tennessee Senate’s Transportation Committee says state fuel taxes won’t go up next near until lawmakers study how the move would affect the economy.

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Legislators pressure Minnesota board to license out-of-state teachers

Education  |  4:00 am

It’s been 10 years since Kirstin Rogers moved to Minnesota in hopes of continuing her 12-year teaching career, but state regulations forced her out of the classroom.

Now, new legislation requires the Minnesota Board of Teaching to overhaul the arbitrary licensing process that too often keeps qualified, out-of-state educators like Rogers out of the schoolroom.

“I asked them, explain to me how I could have this many credits and not be qualified to teach? And their response was, ‘It doesn’t work like that in Minnesota.’ I was angry,” said Rogers, who earned a master’s degree and held endorsements from Utah to teach history, English, geography and reading.

SOME STATES: Some states have strict rules about what can appear on a license plate. Others, like Hawaii, apparently give zero....well, you know.

Nanny ST8 of the Week: Anti-government messages not allowed on license plates

Virginia  |  July 6, 2015

It’s the NANNY-ST8 for your license plate.

In addition to outright vulgarity and racism, some states prohibit messages viewed as being “anti-government” on vanity license plates.

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Pictures we found on the Internet prove Idaho’s bridges are crumbling, will kill everyone

Idaho  |  1:10 pm

Newsrooms struggle under tight budgets these days and sometimes have to find different ways to provide content to readers and followers.

We get it. Times are tough and the news business reshapes itself daily.

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Republicans make final push for prevailing wage reform this week

Wisconsin  |  8:35 am

Hutton acknowledged core conservative lawmakers are disappointed in missing a golden opportunity for full repeal of prevailing wage.

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Utilities lead the way in Oklahoma lobbying spending

Oklahoma  |  July 6, 2015

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  |  July 6, 2015

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

That's Cruz: 11, PolitiFact: 1.

Cruz calls PolitiFact ‘noxious, yellow journalism’

Texas  |  July 6, 2015

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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Mississippi PSC votes to rescind 18 percent increase for Mississippi Power

Energy and Environment  |  12:15 pm

The Mississippi Public Service Commission voted 3-0 to rescind an 18 percent rate increase for Mississippi Power that helped fund the Kemper Project.

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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.