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Chevron intervenes in battle over proposed Mississippi Power rate increase

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A proposed Mississippi Power rate increase has drawn a new intervenor into the battle, oil giant Chevron, which has a refinery in Pascagoula.

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Powers to get top salary at UT Law

Texas  |  July 29, 2015

Bill Powers, the disgraced former president of the University of Texas, will be the highest paid faculty member at the School of Law this year, according to the terms of his contract.

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San Antonio police, researcher trade shots over ‘release time’

Texas  |  July 29, 2015

A critic of union “release time” is sticking by his guns after the San Antonio Police Officers Association tried to shoot down his findings.

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Retirees struggling to afford Vermont, moving to other states

Vermont  |  July 29, 2015

Vermonters have different reasons for leaving the state, but for retirees, the decision to leave the Green Mountains and retire elsewhere often comes down to property taxes and the cost of living. photo

Democratic Party boss stalls election, ‘disenfranchises voters’

Voter Fraud  |  July 29, 2015

After beating state Democratic Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa in court, an election law attorney says South Texas’ tide of corruption is turning. But slowly.

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Complaint about unions’ political letter referred to PA attorney general

Pennsylvania  |  July 29, 2015

The Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board says it’s up to Attorney General Kathleen Kane to decide what to do about a professor’s complaint regarding a union political letter.

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City fights solar system approved by state

Energy and Environment  |  July 29, 2015

Chip Purcell, who built his family’s dream home in woods and fields just outside the city, got quite the shock when he heard about a new neighbor — a 70-acre solar farm.

“While building, we heard about it, but we didn’t have any time to act against it, like we would have wanted to,” Purcell said about the six-megawatt solar farm planned next door. “We’re not a big fan of it at all.”

The farm joins 20 other Aurora Solar systems around the state recently approved by the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission.

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Are PA beer distributors unable to tap full potential of craft beer surge?

Pennsylvania  |  July 29, 2015

Craft beer is taking up a larger portion of the market as consumers embrace the flavor and variety that smaller breweries offer. They also like to buy in six-packs, potentially putting beer distributors at a disadvantage.

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Christie presidential bid gets ‘Trumped’ in New Hampshire

New Jersey  |  July 28, 2015

As Donald Trump rises to the top of political polls among Republican candidates for president, the biggest loser may be Gov. Chris Christie in the crucial primary state of New Hampshire. photo

A new teacher learns the importance of careful planning

Education  |  July 28, 2015

Ashalah Taylor says there’s something she wants to do now that summer school is over.

“Sleep,” said Taylor, who just finished four weeks of teaching sixth graders at Atonement Lutheran School.

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Judge grants ‘ghost teachers’ freedom to roam

Education  |  July 28, 2015

It’s OK for teachers to leave the classroom to work elsewhere —all the time drawing a school salary and benefits.


Green-energy CEO: Vermonters must abandon the car

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“We got to get people to live where they work and get into the community. They can’t be living everywhere.”

Tesla got $295M in subsidies for technology it didn’t offer

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“This isn’t a science fair. We should be paying for results,” said a California lawmaker of the Tesla Motors subsidies.

Situation critical: Obamacare costs set to pummel state budgets

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As Obamacare costs rocket past projections, will Washington D.C. rescue the states?

Nanny State of the Week: Town officials mandate mowing


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Local officials in St. Alban’s Township, Ohio, want residents to destroy two years’ worth of work on a small-scale nature preserve.

Houston’s debt passes Detroit’s

Houstonians know all about foundations that crack.

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According to a key measure of fiscal health, Houston’s situation is nearly as bad as that of Chicago, which is starting to collapse under its debt burdens.

Nanny State of the Week: Lawsuit challenges Seattle trash snooping

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Seattle officials have deputized trashmen as a sort of secret police who are ordered to rat on residents’ trash habits to the nannies at the Seattle Public Utilities.


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Nanny of the Week: Bernie Sanders is coming for your deodorant

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U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, is running for president, which means we’ll get to spend the next few months enjoying the absurdity of socialist politics on the national stage.

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Nanny of the Week: Christie caves to protectionist gravestone proposal in N.J.

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By Eric Boehm |
When New Jersey’s most devout residents head for the great turnpike rest-stop in the sky, they can be memorialized with religious services, prayed over by religious men and women, buried in a religious manner and laid to rest on land owned by a religious institution.
But if their grave is marked with […]

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Secret recordings reveal Elizabeth Warren would be Regulator-in-Chief

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By Will Swaim |
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren has played it cool, denying she’ll run for president in 2016 in a way that seems designed to boost expectations she will.
That has given especially liberal Democratic Party loyalists a case of the fantods. Disgusted with Barack Obama, terrified by the prospect of a President Hillary Clinton, […]