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    • Stateline Story
    August 20, 2004
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    Back-to-school shoppers in 12 states are ringing up savings with a little help from their state lawmakers. From Connecticut to Texas, states are giving shoppers a temporary break this summer from paying sales tax on clothes, shoes, even computers. But critics say these state tax holidays are political gimmicks that score points with voters, but arent good fiscal policy. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 15, 2004
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    There's a price to pay to mingle with governors at this weekend's summer meeting of the National Governors Association in Seattle. Some 65 sponsors, mostly businesses, have plunked down $10,000 to $150,000 each -- for a total of $2.2 million -- to help host the annual event, which isn't open to the public, and gain face time with state officials with whom they often do business. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 28, 2004
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    The beginning of the new budget year means no more talking on cell phones while driving in New Jersey, the start of Sunday liquor sales in Ohio, and Colorados dangerous dogs must wear microchips. Hundreds of new statutes that change people's daily lives are about to go into effect. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 23, 2004
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    With summer comes state fair season -- complete with blue ribbons, homemade apple pie and fiddle contests. But state fairs of today are busting out of their Norman Rockwell mold. Rock concerts and corporate sponsors are carrying the old-fashioned tradition into the digital age. Cash-strapped fairs infected by recent state budget woes are seeking new-fangled funding sources and other innovations to survive. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 15, 2004
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    It's summer vacation season, and the competition among states for tourists is fierce. No state wants to be left without vacationers and their wallets. Even with slim promotional budgets, state and local tourism officials are enticing Americans with sweepstakes and freebies to help secure their share of an anticipated summer tourism surge. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 11, 2004
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    Attention, online shoppers. At least 16 states are using eBay - that nationwide yard sale on the Internet - to unload accumulated junk in government warehouses and turn handsome profits for state treasuries. The goods can range from gold rings to big screen TVs to hand-me-down police cars. Need a bicycle with a pizza delivery box? Oregon is accepting bids. Coming this month to eBay: a new Harley Davidson signed by President Bush and all 50 governors as a fund-raiser. more

    • Stateline Story
    May 5, 2004
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    States are experimenting with innovative tactics to rein in prescription drug prices for state workers and people on Medicaid, in an effort to hold down health care costs. The three most prevalent steps to control costs involve: importing less-expensive medicine from abroad, buying drugs in bulk, and regulating pharmacy benefit managers, the for-profit companies that negotiate drug discounts for states. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 27, 2004
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    Critics say sport utility vehicles are gas guzzlers prone to rollovers, but that hasnt diminished their popularity. A Census report released Monday showed Indiana doubled its registrations of SUVs between 1997 and 2002. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 19, 2004
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    A treasure trove of free music on 5.6 million compact discs featuring tunes from Britney Spears to Beethoven is on the verge of flowing to states, thanks to settlement of a class action lawsuit filed by 40 of the states attorneys general. Shipments are to begin this spring. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 14, 2004
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    The federal No Child Left Behind Act has opened up public education to for-profit companies, allowing them to compete for billions of dollars to tutor low-income students in schools that miss state testing targets. But some education experts and public school officials are uneasy that federal money targeted for disadvantaged children is flowing outside the public school systems with no guarantees that added costs will pay off academically. more

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