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Mayor Steve Adler's transportation bond envisions room for everything except  cars.

$720 million bond is no traffic congestion fix

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Tucked right into the middle of the very first proposal made in Austin’s Nov. 8 transportation bond election is a promise to improve traffic signal synchronization. It’s just one of a good many promises shoehorned into the ordinance passed in August by the Austin City Council. At nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars, no one has […]

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Published on: September 29, 2016

Common ground: Artist entertains thousands at charter school rally in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

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Thousands of students, parents, teachers and charter school supporters rallied Wednesday in support of raising the numb ...
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Published on: September 28, 2016

Vermont has draft agreement with feds for all-payer health care model

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that his administration has a draft agreement with the federal government to make Vermont t ...
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Published on: September 28, 2016

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U.S. senators push bill for more taxpayer-funded broadband projects

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The pair was among four senators who in May urged the USDA to boost the minimum broadband service definition of its Community Conn ...
Published on: September 28, 2016
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Mississippi parents win right to intervene in charter school lawsuit

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A judge allowed parents, the state charter school association and one of the charter schools to intervene in a charter school laws ...
Published on: September 28, 2016
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Harry Reid kills legislation, hope for terminally ill patients

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“It is beyond disappointing that Senator Reid would ignore the pleas of those with terminal illnesses to score a political point ...
Published on: September 28, 2016
SILENCER: Disclosure of anonymous donors comes with a steep price, in safety and  in the marketplace of ideas, experts say.

State ‘disclosure’ ballot measures could chill First Amendment rights

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This is an infringement on our First Amendment rights."
Published on: September 27, 2016
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Community college shields travel bills behind pay wall

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A Texas community college that won a state “transparency” award is charging $2,340 to disclose the school’s travel records. ...
Published on: September 28, 2016
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Study: Certificate-of-need laws are hurting patients

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A new study by researchers at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University says certificate-of-need laws, sold as a way to impr ...
Published on: September 28, 2016
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Accounting group puts Vermont’s debt at $3.9 billion

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A new report from a government accounting watchdog group finds that Vermont has a debt of $3.9 billion, despite claims of having a ...
Published on: September 27, 2016
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Vermont town fights back against lakeside solar development

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While a handful of communities state-wide are busy fighting against large industrial wind turbine projects, the Town of Morgan is ...
Published on: September 27, 2016
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Ethan Allen Institute launches campaign against carbon tax

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The Ethan Allen Institute is hitting back after a summer-long effort by the Vermont Public Interest Research Group to prime the st ...
Published on: September 27, 2016

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Sheriff David Clarke takes down drunk and aggressive passenger on NC-bound flight

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“If it had been directed at me I would have kicked his ass.”
Published on: September 25, 2016

Harry Reid kills legislation, hope for terminally ill patients

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“It is beyond disappointing that Senator Reid would ignore the pleas of those with terminal illnesses to score a polit ...
Published on: September 28, 2016

Community college shields travel bills behind pay wall

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A Texas community college that won a state “transparency” award is charging $2,340 to disclose the school’s travel ...
Published on: September 28, 2016

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Vermont has draft agreement with feds for all-payer health care model

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Gov. Peter Shumlin announced that his administration has a draft agreement with the federal government to make Vermont t ...
Published on: September 28, 2016

Vermont town fights back against lakeside solar development

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While a handful of communities state-wide are busy fighting against large industrial wind turbine projects, the Town of ...
Published on: September 27, 2016

Accounting group puts Vermont’s debt at $3.9 billion

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A new report from a government accounting watchdog group finds that Vermont has a debt of $3.9 billion, despite claims o ...
Published on: September 27, 2016

New in Education

Report is high on early college high schools

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To boost high school graduation and post-secondary participation rates for traditionally under-represented students, e ...
Published on: September 29, 2016

Common ground: Artist entertains thousands at charter school rally in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park

Photo by Heather Kays

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Thousands of students, parents, teachers and charter school supporters rallied Wednesday in support of raising the numb ...
Published on: September 28, 2016

Mississippi parents win right to intervene in charter school lawsuit

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A judge allowed parents, the state charter school association and one of the charter schools to intervene in a charter s ...
Published on: September 28, 2016