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  • Accountant resigns amid ExpoPark investigation

    GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana ExpoPark accountant who was put on paid administrative leave around the time Cascade County began a "complex financial investigation" into the facility has resigned. The investigation into the county-owned sports and entertainment facility has been underway...

  • Monitors say improvements needed at Mississippi prison

    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Court-appointed monitors say a Dec. 31 disturbance at the privately run Walnut Grove Correctional Facility points to the need for further improvements at the prison in Leake County. In U.S. District Court filings, monitors and plaintiffs who sued over conditions at the...

  • NYC comptroller questions oil company's NRA giving

    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The New York City comptroller has asked a Texas oil company to explain its chairman's reported donations of $1 million each to the National Rifle Association and conservative political action committee American Crossroads. Comptroller Scott Stringer, investment adviser...

  • Durant hospital in Oklahoma agrees to settle health care fraud case

    A hospital in Durant and its parent company have agreed to pay $1.5 million to resolve claims alleging that an otolaryngologist billed the state's Medicaid program for unnecessary sinus surgeries performed on children.

  • South Carolina data security efforts, monitoring may cost $27m

    South Carolina may spend $27 million next fiscal year on continued efforts to secure taxpayers' personal data and provide another year of credit protection following the 2012 hacking at the state's tax-collection agency.

  • Missouri groups spent $200k on lawmakers' trips

    Industry and special interest groups have spent more than $200,000 in the last three years on trips for Missouri lawmakers.

  • Documents detail another delayed GM recall

    DETROIT (AP) — General Motors waited years to recall nearly 335,000 Saturn Ions for power steering failures despite getting thousands of consumer complaints and more than 30,000 warranty repair claims, according to government documents released Saturday. The National Highway Traffic Safety...

  • US senator: Metro-North fined $552,000 past decade

    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Metro-North, the nation's second-largest commuter railroad, has been fined $552,000 over the past decade for safety violations and defects, U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday. The Connecticut Democrat announced the fines for 139 violations since 2004 in his...

  • Mazda recalls 109,000 older SUVs for rust problem

    DETROIT (AP) — Mazda is recalling 109,000 Tribute SUVs in cold-weather states to fix rusting frame parts. The recall covers SUVs from the 2001 through 2004 model years. Mazda says in documents filed with U.S. safety regulators that the frame can rust and a wheel control arm can separate from...

  • Rick Scott's office: Ask employees for records, not us

    The administration of Gov. Rick Scott is making a unique legal argument when it comes to handing over public records: Get it from the employees, not us.

  • Cook County official's hiring practices questioned

    Cook County Recorder of Deeds Karen Yarbrough is facing questions about her decision to hire family members and others with political ties to her.

  • Report: Chicago missed out on $2.2 million judgment

    Chicago's inspector general says the city has "resuscitated" what had been a scandal-plagued minority business program.

  • Bridgeport grocer accused of food stamp fraud

    A Bridgeport grocer has been charged with buying food stamps from customers and using the money to buy bulk merchandise.

  • Chairman: Terry Branstad staff pressured board on hires

    The chairman of the state's Public Employment Relations Board said Thursday that two aides to Gov. Terry Branstad pressured the board to hire a friend of the administration, in the latest accusation that top government officials pushed to fill state positions with allies.

  • Six small shopkeepers are big losers in CFPB headquarters building renovation

    Federal officials have ignored six small businesses on the ground floor next to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's new headquarters, refusing to share information about the building's renovation or the future of their shops. The shopkeepers' fears are warranted, because CFPB's...



From the Weekly Standard

  • Why the New York Times Poll Is Bogus

    The Arkansas Senate race has been close in virtually every serious poll. The Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, probably had a small lead a month or so ago; after a massive negative assault on him...

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  • Hustle Is Overrated

    The Bryce Harper-Mike Trout showdown is underway and the outcome is, well, inconclusive. In round one Monday night, the Nationals leftfielder walked and went hitless in three at bats while the...

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  • Kennedy’s Question

    We often think of the Constitution as a two-part document: first the original 1787 text, which primarily establishes the government’s structure; and then the amendments, which primarily set...

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