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State braces for battle over textbooks
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State braces for battle over textbooks

BY Jim Suydam

The debate to determine what social studies and history texts Texas schoolchildren will read over the next six years will begin in earnest Friday, as the State Board of Education sets the schedule for public input. Already advocates are lining up on opposing sides to influence the selection, and the rhetoric has grown heated. In November, the board is set to vote on which of more than 200 texts submitted by publishers should be placed on a list from which school districts may choose.

03/21/2002
A decade of work for temps
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A decade of work for temps

BY Lynn Bonner

Two workers hired into temporary jobs ended up working for the Governor's Highway Safety Program about 10 years before losing their posts this month. The jobs came under the scrutiny of Gene Conti, chief deputy secretary of the state Department of Transportation, after a reorganization made the program part of the department. In reviewing the program's structure, Conti found that two employees hired about 10 years ago through company that places temporary workers still had those contract jobs.

03/21/2002
PAKISTANI MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN PASSPORT CASE
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PAKISTANI MAN PLEADS GUILTY IN PASSPORT CASE

A Pakistani man arrested days after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on immigration fraud charges could face up to 51 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine after pleading guilty this week, a prosecutor said. Iftikhar Ahmed, 46, has been held in federal detention since Sept. 13. He has not been charged with any crime related to terrorism, but authorities have held him in part to explore what he knew about the Sept. 11 attacks. He was indicted in January on six felony charges of holding fake Pakistani passports and U.S. employment documents.

03/21/2002
NCSA TEACHER WINS AN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE
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NCSA TEACHER WINS AN AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

Sherri Andrews, a science teacher at the N.C. School of the Arts is a winner of the 2001 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, U.S. Rep Richard Burr announced yesterday. "I commend Ms. Andrews for being recognized for her commitment to excellence in science education," Burr, R-5th, said. "Her award reinforces the community's shared belief that the School of the Arts not only offers an exceptional education in the performing arts, but is committed to providing their students with a quality general education."

03/21/2002
Oregon CSE Helps Stop New Tax Increases
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Oregon CSE Helps Stop New Tax Increases

Salem, OR – Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber’s decision to sign a state budget that does not increase taxes on Oregonians is a testament to real grassroots power. Beginning in December 2001 and continuing throughout the special legislative session, Oregon Citizens for a Sound Economy (CSE) demanded that the governor and legislature find ways to shore up the budget deficit without establishing new taxes.

03/20/2002
Victory for Florida’s Taxpayers!
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Victory for Florida’s Taxpayers!

Tallahassee, FL-- Yesterday, the Florida House of Representatives passed HJR 87, “The Limitation on State Appropriations Amendment,” to limit the growth of government to a sustainable level. Passage of this legislation was at the top of Florida CSE’s issue agenda for 2002. Introduced by State Representative Rob Wallace (R-Tampa), the bill would limit state spending to the previous year’s appropriation plus an adjustment for growth. The growth adjustment would be calculated with a simple formula that adds the growth of the Consumer Price Index (CPI) to Florida’s population growth. This new spending limit would take effect January 1, 2003 if State Representative Wallace’s amendment passes both houses of the state legislature by wide margins and is approved by Florida voters in the November 2002 general election.

03/20/2002
Big Choices Ahead
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Big Choices Ahead

The first half of the first decade of the new Century will be remembered as a defining period in American history. September 11th of course, tragically thrust history upon us all, but even without the new war on terrorism, many forces have come together to bring defining domestic issues to the forefront of the national agenda. How America responds will define the size and scope of government, as well as the individual’s relationship to government, for decades to come.

03/20/2002
The Pickering Travesty
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The Pickering Travesty

This week the House will focus on the 2003 Budget Resolution. This measure, featured in last week’s Capitol Hill Round Up, will be debated on the House floor Wednesday. The Senate will continue to focus on the energy bill while the Budget Committee will begin to debate their version of the 2003 Budget Resolution.

03/20/2002
John Walker Lindh Glad he didn’t Miss Anything in MSFT Case
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John Walker Lindh Glad he didn’t Miss Anything in MSFT Case

WASHINGTON – You would never know it by listening to Monday’s opening argument by the co-counsels for the nine angry states, but there has already been a trial, judgment, appeal, and settlement in the landmark U.S. v. Microsoft antitrust case. Microsoft has long since terminated nearly all of the business practices for which the appellate court upheld antitrust liability, and a consent decree is in place that would restrict Microsoft’s conduct for five years and establish a technical board to ensure that Microsoft provides developers with key programming information in an apt and timely fashion.

03/20/2002
Coalition Seeks Auto Insurance Regulations Spurring Competition, but not Deregulation
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Coalition Seeks Auto Insurance Regulations Spurring Competition, but not Deregulation

While welcoming the release of an economic study by Rutgers University professor of economics John Worrall showing how excessive state government regulation of New Jersey's auto insurance cripples market competition, the Coalition for Auto Insurance Competition believes creating new laws and regulations that spur competition and consumer choice is the answer to New Jersey's auto insurance mess, not deregulation.

03/20/2002

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