Parents, students and administrators take part in a rally in support of school choice, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in Austin , Texas. Past voucher programs seeking to provide public money to families who send their children to private and religious schools have sailed through the state Senate but fizzled in the House, where lawmakers from both parties worry about hurting rural classrooms _ but rally organizers are hoping that added political pressure could change that this session. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

School choice proponents hope for a ‘grand bargain’

Published on: March 24, 2017
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‘Safety valve’ wanted for mandatory-minimum drug law

Published on: March 23, 2017
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EPA cuts could push environmental activists, regulators to reconsider priorities

Published on: March 23, 2017

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AP file photosGOOD NEWS/BAD NEWS: Wisconsin continues to see monthly job growth and business expansion announcements. That's good news for the economy and Gov. Scott Walker. Not so good for the partisans hoping that he fails.

400 new jobs, low unemployment bad news for Walker foes

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Candy-maker Haribo plans to spend $242 million building a plant in Kenosha County in an economic development deal expected to create 400 jobs/
Published on: March 23, 2017
AP photoMinnesota wide receiver Drew Wolitarsky (82) is brought down by Purdue safety Leroy Clark (3) after a 13-yard catch and run during the second half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in Minneapolis.

Several Minnesota football players return after sexual assault allegations

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“This has never been about punishing anyone. I just wanted to feel safe,” the accuser said.
Published on: March 23, 2017
THUMBS UP: Miami Beach voters overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana ballot question.

Senators get up to speed on medical marijuana sticking points

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Wednesday’s Health Policy Committee workshop served to catch up the members on the controversial parts of Amendment 2 roll-out.
Published on: March 23, 2017
Photo by EAGNews.orgTHUMBS UP: UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow (right) tells Wisconsin Watchdog he had 'one contact' with Jude Legiste while he was employed at the university - and that involved the Legiste's sexually charged email. This picture seems to show another 'contact.'

UW-La Crosse parent says chancellor dismissed concerns about ‘orgasm’ emailer

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The incident received national attention when Drake Hall Director Jude Legiste fired off a sexually explicit email to nearly 300 students.
Published on: March 23, 2017
ALL-SEEING iPAD: This iPad-like AVIP device has a built-in camera and collects auto inspection data and photos to send directly to the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles.

Vermont DMV’s digital motor-vehicle inspection program passes first week

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Vermont joined the Digital Age this week, at least when it came to performing high-tech, motor-vehicle inspections. Monday served as the kick off day for the state's Automated Vehicle Inspection Program.
Published on: March 23, 2017
Associated Press photosSTAY OR GO? A new federal report is fueling the fight between Gov. Greg Abbott and Travis County Sheriff Sally Hernandez.

Travis County sheriff cannot verify release of criminal illegals

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Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says 142 charged suspects on requested immigration detainers were released from the Travis County jail.
Published on: March 23, 2017
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Lawsuit: MPS violating constitution by denying bus rides to religious school students

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“It’s a hardship for many of our families,” said Gessner. “Without transportation it definitely impacts the choice of school that parents can select."
Published on: March 22, 2017
Photo by Bruce ParkerBIG CHOICES: Under Vermont’s new district consolidation, families in Elmore will likely lose the option to send students to the school of their choice.

New Board of Education appointees stress school choice, cutting costs

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John O’Keefe's and John Carroll's emphasis on fiscal responsibility and free-market principles add fresh opinions to the board.
Published on: March 22, 2017
Shutterstock ImageAnalysis by The Liberty Foundation of America of labor participation since 1999 ranks Montana twenty-seventh.

Lawmakers aim to create jobs by cutting occupational licensing red-tape

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Florida as the fourth most restrictive state in the country with respect to occupational licensing regulations, says the Institute for Justice.
Published on: March 22, 2017

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Creative Commons / User SteveAlexanderCAMPUS CULTURE: A school expelled a male student even though evidence suggested he may have been the victim.

Judge: Male student expelled for sexual assault may have been victim himself

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Amherst College expelled a male student even though evidence suggested he may have been the victim of a sexual assault.
Published on: March 6, 2017
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Small town of Plainfield adopts sanctuary status for illegal aliens

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The rural community of Plainfield on Tuesday joined an increasing number of Vermont jurisdictions considered to be “sanctuary” communities for illegal immigrants.
Published on: March 8, 2017
FILE - In this July 30, 2009 file photo, Greg Alexander of Dovetail Solar and Wind installs solar panels in Westerville, Ohio. Just two years after Ohio Gov. John Kasich championed a major rewrite of state energy policies, the Republican governor is poised to sign a sweeping bill in an election year that freezes phase-in of Ohio’s renewable energy and efficiency programs and repeals advanced energy goals altogether. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

GOP lawmaker confronts Kasich on Ohio’s green-energy mandates

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State Rep. Bill Seitz is pushing to get rid of the costly regulations altogether.
Published on: March 3, 2017