Some principals charged with kickbacks faced financial woes
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Some principals charged with kickbacks faced financial woes

DETROIT (AP) — A dozen Detroit principals and an administrator are accused of finding a way to bleed their struggling public schools of $900,000 — ordering chairs, writing paper and other supplies that in most cases were never delivered, even as investigators doggedly battled fraud in a district that lacks textbooks and even toilet paper. … Continue reading

Doubts about honesty led to university chancellor’s removal
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Doubts about honesty led to university chancellor’s removal

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — University of California President Janet Napolitano felt compelled to remove the chancellor of UC Davis after documents contradicted the campus leader’s contention that she did not have any dealings with contractors that were hired to bolster the school’s image online, a university spokeswoman said Thursday, April 28. Napolitano put Chancellor Linda … Continue reading

Governor wants to change, but not scrap, North Carolina law
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Governor wants to change, but not scrap, North Carolina law

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s governor is asking lawmakers to change part of a state law criticized for its anti-discrimination policies, but he sees no need for a wholesale repeal or reversal of its provisions on transgender bathroom access. Gov. Pat McCrory issued an executive order on Tuesday, April 12 expanding protections for many … Continue reading

Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination
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Feds: EPA fails to protect water from oilfield contamination

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is failing in its mandate to protect underground drinking water reserves from oilfield contamination, according to a federal review singling out lax EPA oversight in California, where the state routinely allowed oil companies to dump wastewater into some drinking water aquifers. The U.S. Government Accountability Office … Continue reading

Illinois budget impasse spurs creative way to fund shelters
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Illinois budget impasse spurs creative way to fund shelters

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois homeless shelters struggling to get by without state aid during the budget stalemate could get a much-needed financial boost through specialty scratch-off lottery tickets. A bipartisan measure pending in the Illinois Legislature would create a new $3 scratch ticket and designate all the proceeds beyond administrative costs and prize money … Continue reading

17-year-olds can vote in Ohio’s presidential primary Tuesday
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17-year-olds can vote in Ohio’s presidential primary Tuesday

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Seventeen-year-olds who will turn 18 before the fall presidential election can vote in Ohio’s presidential primary, a judge ruled Friday in a potential boost for Democrat Bernie Sanders as he fights to open elections across the country to the young people who are among his key supporters. The judge’s decision reversed … Continue reading

Mississippi governor: April named Confederate Heritage Month
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Mississippi governor: April named Confederate Heritage Month

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant is proclaiming April as Confederate Heritage Month, but without mentioning slavery. His proclamation was posted to the Mississippi Sons of Confederate Veterans website (http://bit.ly/1VHPTv9 ) but not to the governor’s site. He signed it days before legislators killed bills that would have either removed the Confederate battle … Continue reading