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Rockefeller takes online retailers to task
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Sen. Jay Rockefeller on Wednesday continued his push to allow states to begin requiring online retailers to collect sales taxes on items purchased online. Daily Mail
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Privatizing disability centers will abolish 980 jobs, save $6.9 million
BATON ROUGE -- The state Civil Service Commission has given its final approval to the privatization of two state-run centers for the developmentally disabled that the state claims will save about $6.9 million and abolish 980 job slots. Laura Brackin, an assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals' Office for Citizens with Developmental Disabilities, said in a letter to commission Director Shannon Templet that 620 positions are being abolished at the Hammond-based North Lakes Supports and Services Center; another 360 positions are being cut from the state payroll at Northwest Supports and Services Center in Bossier City. Times-Picayune
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Brew Can Be Sold in Alabama
Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard beers can now join Fat Bastard wine on store shelves in Alabama. After taking a second look at the attention-grabbing names of Dirty Bastard and Backwoods Bastard beers, the state’s liquor control agency lifted its ban on their sale in Alabama. Montgomery Advertiser
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Army Corps of Engineers presents plans for $252M West Bank wetlands projects
The Army Corps of Engineers Tuesday night unveiled a variety of wetland-restoration projects that will serve as mitigation for the environmental impact caused by building levees along the West Bank in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The projects would restore more than 885 acres of wetlands on the water side of the levee system, including filling in several abandoned oilfield canals in Jean Lafitte National Wildlife refuge, restoration of 85 acres of wetlands in Yankee Pond along Bayou Segnette, and restoration of 643 acres of bottomland hardwood wetlands and swamp at Lake Boeuf, near Raceland in Lafourche Parish. The mitigation plan also will eventually include restoration of wetlands in privately owned “mitigation banks,” which will compensate for habitat damage on the protected side of levees. Times-Picayune
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New Voter Registrations in Virginia and Florida
A recent analysis by the Pew Center on the States examined the surge in voter registrations that takes place right before a presidential election. These same data also reveal other interesting patterns. Pew States
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Dire Warnings in Alabama Budget Vote
Hospitals and nursing homes shutting their doors. Doctors fleeing the state. Prisons closing and thousands of inmates walking free. That is the doomsday scenario being sketched by officials at the highest levels of Alabama government. Whether it will come to pass, they say, could depend on what the voters decide September 18. Pews States
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Patriots Point unveils plans for $100 million Medal of Honor Museum
Frank and Roberta Hottle marveled Wednesday at the interactive and motion-detecting displays inside the Medal of Honor Museum on board the aircraft carrier Yorktown at Patriots Point. “This is fantastic,” the couple from Tennessee said, almost in unison. Post Courier
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Counties owe Medicaid $168 million, Florida says
The state of Florida now says that Florida counties owe $168 million as part of their share of paying for the program that treats the poor and elderly. The new amount state officials say counties owe Medicaid is far less than what it was just a few months ago. But some county officials say it is still a heavy burden at a time when many counties are grappling with budget cuts already. Sarasota Herald Tribune
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Churchill Downs' $9 Million "Southern Mansion"
Earlier this week, Churchill Downs released the details of a major renovation that will take place at the track before next May’s Kentucky Derby. As had been widely suspected, the sixth floor media center—one of the most spacious press boxes in racing, with a multi-tiered balcony for prime race viewing—will be converted to a luxury hospitality area that has been dubbed, apparently without irony, “The Mansion.” Forbes
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Ted Cruz, the Texas Senate Primary, and the Undead Tea Party
Time and again, the Tea Party has been declared moribund, splintered, and ineffective. And time and again, it has pulled off surprising upsets. The insurgent conservative moment won a significant victory Tuesday in Texas, where attorney Ted Cruz scored a stunning 13-point win over David Dewhurst in a Republican primary for the state's open U.S. Senate seat. The margin of victory exceeded even recent polls that showed Cruz leading by around 10 points. The Atlantic
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