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    • 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

    • Stateline Story
    March 29, 2004
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    More than three dozen new professional sports stadiums and arenas opened in the United States in the last decade, many of them built with taxpayer money. Some taxpayers and the people who represent them seem satisfied with the bargain, but others are beginning to ask why some of the teams that benefited have provided so little to cheer about. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 23, 2004
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    State government--not private industry--was the biggest creator of new jobs in the country last month, a development that could explain why states are putting so much energy into keeping and growing new businesses within their borders. With jobs of utmost concern this election year, states are trying an array of strategies: from banning outsourcing of state-contract jobs to incubating high-tech startup companies. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 19, 2004
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    Most people yawn and get that cloudy, glazed-eye look when discussing the Internet and taxes. State lawmakers, on the other hand, see a vibrant shade of green--as in money--when discussing ways to convert Internet commerce into sorely needed tax dollars for state coffers. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 24, 2004
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    State governors went to the White House to register concerns about jobs and highway dollars but failed to win offers for any new funds or programs. President Bush promised to set aside election-year politics and work with members of the National Governors Association. But one of his Cabinet members struck less than a conciliatory tone by calling the nations largest teachers union a terrorist organization. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 9, 2004
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    Colorados growth has led to a Rocky Mountain traffic nightmare. Interstate 70 from Denver to the ski areas gets so clogged that tourists and commerce slow to a crawl on this vital East-West link. Is the solution to widen the highway or install mass transit? more

    • Stateline Story
    February 9, 2004
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    The federal governments ban on buying prescription drugs from Canada has left some states frozen in their tracks. But Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota is brazenly bucking federal law by using the World Wide Web to help Gopher State residents buy less-expensive drugs from Canada. While Minnesotas move may be the boldest so far, Pawlenty is just one of dozens of governors, state legislators and city leaders across the country who are putting increased pressure on the federal government to allow re-importation. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 26, 2004
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    Election-year politics and a tight congressional schedule might bring both good and bad news for states. Theres a good chance Washington will fork over more federal dollars for highways. But on the downside, Congress could cost states billions of dollars in taxes, sources on and off Capitol Hill tell Stateline.org. more

    • Stateline Story
    January 15, 2004
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    State lawmakers from across the country are making their way back to their respective capitals for the 2004 legislative session. Two topics reign supreme for most of them: crafting budgets and their own reelections. more

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