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Archive: January 28, 2015

PHOTO: Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, left, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, want prosecutors to help the state put a cost on the death penalty. Photo courtesy LRC Public Information.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky has the death penalty - but no firm price tag on what it costs to send a convicted felon to death row. Sen. Gerald Neal, D-Louisville, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, who both oppose the death penalty, have filed companion resolutions - SCR 11 and HCR 30 - to determine ...Read More

PHOTO: Tamarine Cornelius, an analyst with the independent research group Wisconsin Budget Project, reports that Wisconsin's government employment is at a record low, and that it may fall even farther. (Photo courtesy of Tamarine Cornelius)

MADISON, Wis. - The number of public employees in Wisconsin has dropped to its lowest level in two decades, compared with the state's total population, according to a just-released analysis from the independent Wisconsin Budget Project. Wisconsin has nearly 6 percent fewer state employees per capit ...Read More

PHOTO: Washington lawmakers are getting their first look at legislation to create new and more serious criminal charges and penalties for people accused of taking advantage of a vulnerable adult. Photo credit: magann/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Cases of elder neglect and financial exploitation are on the rise - and they're getting a closer look from Washington lawmakers today. Legislation getting its first hearing in Olympia raises the stakes and penalties for those who are caught neglecting or taking advantage of a vulne ...Read More

PHOTO: Gov. Rick Snyder’s plans to combine the departments of Community Health and Human Services  are raising concerns about what it will mean for agencies, workers and the delivery of services at the local level. Photo courtesy of Gov. Snyder's office.

LANSING, Mich. - Gov. Rick Snyder is expected soon to sign an executive order that will create the state's largest agency. Officials say the merger of the departments of Community Health and Human Services will save costs and better meet the needs of an underserved population. Maxine Thome, executi ...Read More

GRAPHIC: A Headwaters Economics report examines the pros and cons of updating the federal coal mining royalty system. The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is considering changes. Graphic courtesy of Headwaters Economics.

CASPER, Wyo. - A report released today delves into the federal royalty system for coal mining on public land - and finds that the Office of Natural Resources Revenue is right in considering changes. The Headwaters Economics calculations found that loopholes in the current system have meant about $8 ...Read More

GRAPHIC: Federal coal royalties are being reviewed, and changes could mean millions more for Montana according to a new Headwaters Economics report. Graphic courtesy of Headwaters Economics.

BOZEMAN, Mont. - Federal royalties for coal on public land are getting a checkup. The Office of Natural Resources Revenue is considering changes, and a report released today by Headwaters Economics looks at what that might mean for Montana and other coal states. Report author Mark Haggerty said the ...Read More

PHOTO: Mentors and young people are matched up according to their interests, from hunting and sports to games and movies. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Midwest/Flickr.

DICKINSON, N.D. - Those North Dakotans who have resolved to make a difference this year are being encouraged to consider becoming mentors to young people. A variety of mentoring programs in cities statewide match at-risk children with caring adults, but many more are in need of strong role models. ...Read More

PHOTO: Last year, nearly 700 AARP Foundation Tax-Aide volunteers helped more than 63,000 Missourians file their federal and state income tax returns, and the program will be offered again this year at dozens of sites statewide. Photo credit: M. Shand

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Getting your taxes done early will not only feel like a burden has been lifted, but experts say it actually can help Missourians avoid fraud - and it can all be done for free. At sites across the state, Internal Revenue Service-trained volunteers once again are ready and able to ...Read More

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