After damaging silence, Baldwin now calls for probe of troubled VA center

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  News, Politics & Elections, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

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By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is now calling for a “broad and detailed” investigation of the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the VA system at large in the wake of bombshell reports of mass overprescribing of opiates that may have led to the death of a Marine Corps veteran.

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Wilkes-Barre could be test case for more ACLU action against one-strike ordinances

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Local Government, Local News, News, Pennsylvania  /  No Comments

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By Andrew Staub | PA Independent
Adam Peters lost thousands of dollars when the city of Wilkes-Barre shuttered one of his rental properties for six months using a controversial one-strike ordinance.
The same law cost Elizabeth Mattern and her 4-year-old daughter even more — their home.
Now, Peters and Mattern are part of a small group of landlords and […]

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Small-town Idaho fire official defends wife’s journalism, denies ethics breach

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Idaho, idaho, News  /  No Comments

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A Middleton fire district commissioner denied his wife broke any journalistic ethics codes after failing to disclose her relationship to the agency in her publication.

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Unlikely allies align to oppose Idaho’s execution secrecy plan

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Idaho, News  /  No Comments

No secrecy: Three unlikely allies have raised their voices to oppose an execution secrecy plan backed by the state.

An unlikely consortium of political groups has aligned to oppose the Idaho Department of Correction’s plan to add more secrecy to state executions.

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Ohio’s Obamacare expansion has already cost over $2 billion

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Health Care, News, Ohio  /  No Comments

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s Obamacare expansion blew past projections in its first year, putting 471,452 Ohioans on Medicaid and costing taxpayers $2.1 billion.

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Kids do fine when charter school forms labor union, study shows

By   /  January 29, 2015  /  Education, News, Ohio  /  No Comments

Labor economist Aaron Sojourner says his study of the effects of unionization on charter school performance is the best empirical evidence available.

There are more than 40 Ohio charter schools that have a labor union, but what impact does the unionization of teachers and staff have on the performance of kids? A recent study has the answer.

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