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State initiatives: New Jersey rejects stem-cell research, Utah axes vouchers

New Jersey voters said "no" to stem-cell research. Texans said "yes" to $3 billion in bonds to create a cancer research center. Utah voters nixed the first US voucher program open statewide to all children - not just low or middle-income families. And Oregon rejected an 84.5 cents-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes dedicating its revenue to healthcare for uninsured children.

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State initiatives: New Jersey rejects stem-cell research, Utah axes vouchers

BY Daniel B. Wood

New Jersey voters said "no" to stem-cell research. Texans said "yes" to $3 billion in bonds to create a cancer research center. Utah voters nixed the first US voucher program open statewide to all children - not just low or middle-income families. And Oregon rejected an 84.5 cents-per-pack increase in cigarette taxes dedicating its revenue to healthcare for uninsured children.

11/09/2007
A battle over books in Texas

AUSTIN, TEXAS - In a couple of days, the Texas State Board of Education, at the end of its annual review, will decide whether to accept or reject proposed textbooks. A textbook review may sound fairly tame, but in the Lone Star State it can stir serious controversy, as looks to be the case this year. Last week the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, based in Dallas, filed a lawsuit against the Texas board, charging it with violating First Amendment rights when it rejected an environmental science textbook for use in state high schools.

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A battle over books in Texas

BY Spike Gillespie

AUSTIN, TEXAS - In a couple of days, the Texas State Board of Education, at the end of its annual review, will decide whether to accept or reject proposed textbooks. A textbook review may sound fairly tame, but in the Lone Star State it can stir serious controversy, as looks to be the case this year. Last week the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, based in Dallas, filed a lawsuit against the Texas board, charging it with violating First Amendment rights when it rejected an environmental science textbook for use in state high schools.

11/04/2003
Texas Wrangles Over Bias In School Textbooks

What if a junior-high school textbook wrongly stated that John Marshall was the United States' first Supreme Court Chief Justice, instead of John Jay? Or that the Louisiana Purchase occurred in 1804, not 1803? No one would fault textbook publishers for fixing factual errors likethese found in recent textbooks.

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Texas Wrangles Over Bias In School Textbooks

BY Kris Axtman

What if a junior-high school textbook wrongly stated that John Marshall was the United States' first Supreme Court Chief Justice, instead of John Jay? Or that the Louisiana Purchase occurred in 1804, not 1803? No one would fault textbook publishers for fixing factual errors likethese found in recent textbooks.

07/22/2002
Enron effect: loud, but not clear

HIGHLIGHT: As lawmakers open hearings today, Enron boondoggle seems unlikely to catch fire as a big political scandal. BODY: Opening today in Washington: a drama with compelling charactersand moral overtones, but a plot so complex that only an attentive CPA may be able to follow it to the end. The show in question is the congressional Enron investigation, of course. Lawmakers are lifting the curtain on a series of hearings in which they plan to question firm officials and accountants about the energy firm's spectacular collapse.

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Enron effect: loud, but not clear

BY Peter Grier

HIGHLIGHT: As lawmakers open hearings today, Enron boondoggle seems unlikely to catch fire as a big political scandal. BODY: Opening today in Washington: a drama with compelling charactersand moral overtones, but a plot so complex that only an attentive CPA may be able to follow it to the end. The show in question is the congressional Enron investigation, of course. Lawmakers are lifting the curtain on a series of hearings in which they plan to question firm officials and accountants about the energy firm's spectacular collapse.

01/24/2002
For Now, Lobbyists Play by Bush's Rules

It didn't take Earl Pomeroy long to figure out that the Bush tax cut was on a fast track through the House - with big-time lobby power behind it. Phone calls and e-mails asking the North Dakota Democrat to send a big part of the surplus back to taxpayers started rolling in only hours after the president 's budget address last week. And many sounded alike, a clear sign of an organized lobbying effort.

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For Now, Lobbyists Play by Bush's Rules

BY Gail Russell Chaddock

It didn't take Earl Pomeroy long to figure out that the Bush tax cut was on a fast track through the House - with big-time lobby power behind it. Phone calls and e-mails asking the North Dakota Democrat to send a big part of the surplus back to taxpayers started rolling in only hours after the president 's budget address last week. And many sounded alike, a clear sign of an organized lobbying effort.

03/06/2001