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Denver spends big money on controversial public art

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Three, 20-foot lanterns stand in front of Denver County’s troubled jail in a bleak industrial area off Havana Street and Smith Road, but the artist and city say the roughly $200,000 taxpayers spent on the public art could help take a bite out of crime.

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OhioCheckbook.com to spotlight local spending by August

Ohio  |  4:00 am

Taxpayers in Mahoning County, Delaware County and across Ohio will get a clearer look at local government spending starting this summer.

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Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer

Oklahoma  |  4:00 am

 
By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to Watchdog.org
Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth.
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Nebraska lawmakers quietly amend bill to send more subsidies to arenas

Nebraska  |  May 26, 2015

An amendment quietly tacked onto a bill in the waning days of the legislative session would give even more state subsidies to arenas such as Lincoln’s Pinnacle Bank Arena and CenturyLink Omaha.

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Erie shows wrong way to shop for economic growth solutions

Pennsylvania  |  May 26, 2015

Erie provides several prominent examples of how not to hand out money. Research shows the benefits of economic development programs are murky. And the Erie examples show the hit taxpayers can take, whether the intended economic development is for sprawling dreams or economic hostage-taking.

END OF THE TRAIL? Sweet Briar College, an all-women's school, exhibited the trappings of prosperity -- before it didn't.

On eve of high court hearing, Sweet Briar records bare new story

Education  |  May 26, 2015

In a curious twist to the closing of Sweet Briar College, records show the school’s financial position was more precarious a decade ago.

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Bills designed to protect individuals, businesses fail this session

Colorado  |  May 26, 2015

Bills that would have prevented police seizures of money and property without a criminal charge and helped people who say court receiverships ruined their businesses failed in this year’s Legislature.

WATER WAR: Opponents say the EPA's "Waters of the United States" could even regulate cattle ponds like this one in Texas.

Texas business group slams EPA water grab

Texas  |  May 26, 2015

A state business alliance is accusing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency of seeking to control “every pond, puddle and ditch in Texas.”

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Southeast Ohio businesses still fighting oil and gas tax hike

Ohio  |  May 25, 2015

In Marietta, Ohio, business owners still have an oil and gas tax hike Gov. John Kasich has fought for since 2012 hanging over their heads.

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Nanny of the Week: NJ continues ban on self-serve gasoline, because sometimes it snows

National  |  May 25, 2015

New Jersey is one of just two states in the country that prohibits drivers from pumping their own gasoline. That won’t be changing any time soon.

CANNABIS CONUNDRUM: A bill allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis could hit a brick wall in the state House.

‘Slap in the face:’ Mother questions committee assignment for medical cannabis bill

Pennsylvania  |  May 25, 2015

A bill allowing doctors to recommend medical cannabis could hit a brick wall in the state House.

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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.