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State officials tell legislators that educating West, Texas, residents about plant was local responsibility
The Dallas Morning News
Texas Department of Public Safety officials this morning told state lawmakers that educating residents in West — and in other Texas towns — about possible dangers of chemicals stored in nearby facilities falls to local officials. "It's a local up," DPS Director Steve McCraw said during a legislative hearing in Austin. "It's not a state down."
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Why states are using welfare to pay for housing
For the past three years, states used one-time stimulus funds to supercharge a promising anti-homelessness initiative. Now that the money is gone, at least nine states are leveraging welfare cash assistance to keep the program alive, and the federal government hopes more states will follow.
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City could soon have more flexibility in taking back property
The Record
Troy, N.Y., will be holding public comment period on a local law which would amend the charter by giving the city more flexibility in taking back properties where owners have been delinquent on their taxes for more than three years. The proposed law adds two exemptions in which the city would be able to choose whether it would want to take in a property or not.
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Judge: Sheriff can't be sued in official capacity over beating of suspect
The West Virginia Record
A federal judge in Martinsburg, W.Va., has ruled former Jefferson County Sheriff Bobby Shirley can't be sued "in his official capacity" by a man who claimed excessive force during his arrest for bank robbery. U.S. District Judge John Preston Bailey on April 16 granted Shirley's motion to dismiss claims against Shirley arising from him acting in an official capacity.
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Progress by adapting to climate change
Foster's Daily Democrat
From the Mother's Day storm to Hurricane Sandy and winter storm Nemo, extreme weather events have threatened communities' safety, economy and environment. While this paper recently argued with methods used recently by Environment New Hampshire Research & Policy Center to characterize these extreme weather events, most people will agree that we need to plan for a changing New Hampshire climate.
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South Portland, Maine, resident files 'whistleblower' lawsuit against county, sheriff
The Forecaster
A lawyer representing Cumberland County Sheriff Kevin Joyce and Chief Deputy Naldo Gagnon said he expects to file a response soon to a lawsuit filed against them April 16. Gerard Brady, a former Cumberland County Sheriff's Office detective, has accused Joyce and Gagnon of violating the Maine Whistleblower Act.
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Top 10 states for wind and hail losses
Property Casualty 360
Wind and hail storms frequently cause severe property damage throughout the U.S. While hail storms most frequently impact the Great Plains and Midwest, every state in the nation is susceptible. Hail, in particular, has become such an issue that earlier this year, the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety conducted the first-ever indoor hailstorm in its Research Center in South Carolina in an effort to research building products and ways to educate consumers.
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Civil Service: City stands firm on retroactive pay and health insurance; unions not rushing to bargaining table (New York Daily News)
Polls show growing resolve to live with terror threat (The New York Times)

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