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  • Get ready for the big 'gimmick' state budget

    HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Call it "the big gimmick." An approximately $29 billion state government operating budget under negotiation in the Legislature is likely to be based on a fast-growing amount of one-time cash items to avoid the prospect of a tax increase that would split the House's and...

  • Kerry: Syrian moderate rebels could help in Iraq

    JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry signaled on Friday that the U.S. hopes to enlist moderate Syrian opposition fighters that the Obama administration has reluctantly decided to arm and train in the battle against militant extremists in neighboring Iraq. Obama sent...

  • Detroit's largest union, city sign new contract

    DETROIT (AP) — A representative of Detroit's largest union and the city's emergency manager signed an agreement reached during the ongoing municipal bankruptcy case. American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees official Ed McNeil and Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr took...

  • Timeline set for Detroit light rail construction

    DETROIT (AP) — A timeline has been set for construction on Detroit's $140 million light rail project. M-1 Rail officials announced Friday that Woodward Avenue will be closed from Adams Street to Campus Martius Park for about 120 days for work starting July 28. Officials say the Michigan...

  • Austin OKs $30M for buyouts in flood-prone area

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Austin officials have authorized spending more than $30 million to buy about 140 homes in a neighborhood savaged last year by severe flooding. The city council voted unanimously Thursday to OK the buyouts along Onion Creek. It will spend another $12 million to hire an...

  • EU leaders clash over limits on budgets and debt

    BRUSSELS (AP) — With economic growth still anemic across the European Union, the bloc's leaders clashed Friday over whether to loosen rules limiting government budget deficits and debt. Italy, Belgium and others argued more flexibility is needed so they can boost the economy and support job...

  • State panel OKs $97M for El Paso trolley service

    EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Work could begin in August to reintroduce a trolley service to El Paso after the Texas Transportation Committee approved $97 million for the project. Some of the trolley cars that carried passengers downtown from 1950 to 1974 will be refurbished for the project, which is...

  • There is a way out for states trapped in the pension sinkhole

    Under "defined benefit" retirement programs, public employees have been promised more money than states can ever afford to pay.

  • Louisiana to share $154M for job training

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana is among a group of 32 states, Puerto Rico and the Cherokee tribal nation getting a portion of more than $154 million awarded by the federal government for job training laid-off workers in high-demand industries. The U.S. Department of Labor announced Thursday...

  • Community improvement grants total $8.5M in Va.

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Thirteen projects across Virginia are in line for more than $8.5 million in grants for sewage treatment and water projects and downtown revitalization. Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced the Community Development Block Grant funding on Thursday. More than $930,000 is going to...

  • Obama seeks $500M to train, equip Syrian rebels

    WASHINGTON (AP) — With the conflicts in Syria and Iraq becoming increasingly intertwined against the same Sunni extremist group, President Barack Obama moved on Thursday to ratchet up U.S. efforts to strengthen more moderate Syrian rebels. Obama's request to Congress for $500 million in...

  • NJ Senate pushes to replenish open space fund

    TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The New Jersey Senate is backing a measure that would fund open space preservation in the state over the next 30 years. The Senate voted 35-1 on Thursday to support a constitutional amendment that would allocate a larger chunk of business tax revenue to improving and...

  • Detroit bankruptcy judge may take tour of city

    DETROIT (AP) — The judge in Detroit's bankruptcy said Thursday he's leaning toward a three-hour tour of the city but suggested the details may become a secret because of concerns about safety. The city believes a tour of warts and jewels would help Judge Steven Rhodes as he considers whether...

  • Budget has $134M gap as fiscal year nears its end

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — More than $134 million in piecemeal funding that Gov. Bobby Jindal and lawmakers used to balance this year's budget has yet to arrive in the state treasury, with the end of the fiscal year only days away. The dollars are largely supposed to come from hospital lease...

  • Senate panel OKs $47B homeland security budget

    WASHINGTON (AP) — A key Senate panel Thursday gave swift bipartisan approval to a $47 billion budget for the Department of Homeland Security, boosting funding to cope with an influx of Central American children who arrive in the U.S. unaccompanied by their parents. The Appropriations...



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    Businessman and first-time candidate David Perdue pulled off what the Atlanta Journal-Constitution  calls a "political shocker" by winning the Republican primary runoff for the U.S. Senate in...

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    There are no copyrights on book titles. F. H. Buckley nevertheless shows remarkable audacity in borrowing The Once and Future King from T. H. White’s children’s classic, published in...

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