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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.

That's Cruz: 11, PolitiFact: 1.

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?

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  |  11:49 am

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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Vermont’s pursuit of all-payer waiver sparks health care rationing debate

Vermont  |  8:16 am

With the Green Mountain Care Board seeking to transition Vermont into an all-payer health care system by 2017, one word continues to resurface in the discussion of Vermont’s health care future: rationing.

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Kemper Project costs increase by another $10 million

Energy and Environment  |  11:34 am

Costs for the Kemper Project integrated gasification power plant increased by another $10 million, according to the utility.

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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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Holiday haze should leave North Dakotans thankful for responsible fossil fuel development

North Dakota  |  8:45 am

There’s an aphorism telling us we don’t appreciate what we have until it is gone.




Jon Stewart obliterates ‘slimy’ Democrats over Gruber

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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.