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    • Stateline Story
    October 28, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Governors are known to make friendly wagers with one another when their states' sports teams meet on the field. These days, they're also competing brazenly with each other for investors.
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    • Stateline Story
    October 18, 2010
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    Assumed for the past two years to be in decent fiscal shape, Texas now finds itself with what could be a $21 billion budget gap. It will have to be filled. But first, the state's residents have to be persuaded that it exists.
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    • Stateline Story
    August 31, 2010
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    Now that oil has stopped gushing in the Gulf of Mexico, state and local governments are tallying the economic losses they have suffered-and vowing to hold BP accountable. But they are moving carefully, mindful that much of the region's economy depends on the industry they are confronting. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 14, 2010
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    Even as 21 states are suing to stop the federal health care overhaul from taking effect, each one is also taking concrete measures to implement the law.
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    • Stateline Story
    April 26, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: An Arizona law, signed Friday (April 23) by Governor Jan Brewer, that gives local police broad new powers to arrest illegal immigrants drew a rebuke from President Obama and revived long-stalled efforts to overhaul the country's immigration laws. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 23, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: Alaska and Texas raised eyebrows last year when they declined to join the "Race to the Top," the Obama administration's effort to revamp the nation's K-12 schools by handing out $4.35 billion in grants to states that change their education policies. But with 40 jurisdictions applying and only two winners announced in the first round of the competition, more states are deciding not to participate in round two.
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    • Stateline Story
    April 14, 2010
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    TODAY'S TAKE: A report released Tuesday (April 13) finds that seven states - Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Minnesota, Missouri, Pennsylvania and Texas - lead the nation in budget transparency, providing the public with comprehensive and easily searchable information about government spending. Eighteen states flunked the scorecard created by U.S. PIRG, a Boston-based research and public-interest advocacy group.
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  • April 1, 2010

    Prison Count 2010

    For the first time in nearly 40 years, the number of state prisoners in the United States has declined, according to Prison Count 2010, a survey by the Pew Center on the States. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 31, 2010
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    As U.S. Census forms begin arriving in Americans' mailboxes this month, the stakes of this fall's election loom even larger. That's because most state lawmakers and governors who win this year will help redraw congressional and state legislative district lines in 2011 in a process that occurs every 10 years, based on the Census' new population counts. Parties in power will be more apt to craft boundaries that make it easier for their members to win, and the parties are spending at least $93 million to get the upper hand.But some states, fed up with the spectacle of politicians manipulating the process for their own political gain, are turning to citizens to redraw the districts, hopefully leaving the gerrymandering behind.
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    • Stateline Story
    March 17, 2010
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    State prisons have been a dynamic growth industry over the past four decades, with the number of inmates exploding by more than 700 percent. No longer. A survey released Wednesday (March 17) by the Pew Center on the States, the parent organization of Stateline.org, finds that the total number of prisoners in state custody declined last year for the first time since 1972.
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