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  • Detroit bankruptcy judge opens court to critics

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge overseeing Detroit's bankruptcy gave the microphone Tuesday to residents and retirees who oppose the city's proposal to cut pensions and other benefits as part of a plan to get solvent again. Hundreds of people have filed objections to Detroit's bankruptcy exit strategy....

  • Congressional Budget Office downgrades fiscal outlook, but not because of debt

    The outlook for the federal debt is still grim, the Congressional Budget Office reported Tuesday, and largely unchanged despite the roll-out of Obamacare and a budget deal since its last projection were issued.

  • 'Complicated' Detroit bankruptcy vote out July 21

    DETROIT (AP) — The counting of votes cast by creditors in Detroit's bankruptcy case is a "little complicated," but the city is on track to report results next week, an attorney said Monday. More than 30,000 retirees and current and former workers were eligible to vote on pension changes through...

  • State public pension funds earn 18 percent returns

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Two of the nation's two largest public pension funds are reporting investment returns of more than 18 percent for the fiscal year. The Sacramento Bee reported (http://bit.ly/1sgna4M ) Monday that the California Public Employees Retirement System had earnings of 18.4...

  • Groups spend heavily lobbying on Medicaid

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The trade group representing Virginia hospitals and the conservative advocacy group, Americans for Prosperity, spent heavily on lobbying during their fight over whether to expand Medicaid eligibility, newly filed reports show. The Virginia Hospital & Healthcare Association,...

  • Foster children become focus of California schools

    California is embarking on a first-of-its-kind attempt to improve the academic lives of foster youth by giving schools more money to meet their special learning and emotional needs and holding educators and administrators accountable.

  • U.S. jails struggle with role as makeshift asylums

    The numbers, posted daily on the Cook County sheriff's website, would be alarming at an urgent care clinic, let alone a jail: On a Wednesday, 36 percent of all new arrivals report having a mental illness. On a Friday, it's 54 percent.

  • Tom Corbett veto exposes GOP divisions in Harrisburg

    The relationship between Gov. Tom Corbett and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature took a turn toward the dysfunctional this week as they traded insults about leadership following his decision to veto millions from the General Assembly's budget.

  • Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley looking at all possibilities on revenue

    Gov. Robert Bentley's opposition to new state taxes during his first term could change in a second term.

  • Time running out for some Ohio veterans' bonuses

    CINCINNATI (AP) — Veterans who served in Iraq during the war only have a few months left to claim Ohio bonuses of up to $1,500. And state officials are expanding efforts to reach potentially thousands of veterans who may miss out by not applying. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services is...

  • Kentucky Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes resurrects 'Mediscare' tactic

    Kentucky senatorial candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes reached deep into the Democratic Party's bag of tricks for her latest line of attack against incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell: Mediscare.

  • Patrick signs $36B state budget, announces vetoes

    BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Deval Patrick signed into law Friday the final state budget of his administration, while also asking lawmakers to expand his authority to order spending cuts, if needed, during his last months in office. The $36.5 billion budget for the fiscal year that began July 1 is a...

  • Some Illinois lawmakers voluntarily giving up pay

    CHICAGO (AP) — Some Illinois lawmakers are taking matters into their own hands after the Legislature moved for the first time in years not to take furlough days to save taxpayer dollars. Democratic state Reps. Fred Crespo, Marty Moylan and Republican Rep. Don Moffitt are among those who plan to...

  • VIDEO: Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett's pension problem

    Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett released a new campaign ad trying to show Democratic challenger Tom Wolf as uninformed about budget and pension issues.

  • Alaska wants mediation over Medicaid billing system

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state of Alaska has requested mediation over what it considers a failure by the vendor Xerox Corp. to address problems with Alaska's new Medicaid payment system. Gov. Sean Parnell, in a statement Thursday, said that if mediation doesn't work, "the state is prepared to...



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