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Menendez Sets Up Fund for Ethics, Justice Probes

Posted: 01/31/2014 - New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez paid a law firm $250,000 in December for legal costs related to Justice Department and Senate Ethics Committee investigations into his ties with a major campaign donor. The Democrat also has set up a legal trust to raise money as the investigations continue.

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Canada 'More Confident' in Pipeline's Approval

Posted: 01/31/2014 - Canada's Natural Resources Minister is urging the Obama administration to make a "timely decision" and he is "more confident" the Keystone XL pipeline will be approved after the U.S. State Department raised no major environmental objections to it.

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Nevada AG Sanctioned in Fraud Case

Updated: 01/31/2014 - A Nevada judge is ordering the state to pay legal costs that could amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars to a lending services firm that state Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto accuses of consumer fraud.

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MSNBC Apologizes for Tweet That Drew GOP Ire

Posted: 01/30/2014 - The president of MSNBC says a staffer has been fired after sending an offensive tweet suggesting the right wing will hate a Cheerios ad that features a biracial couple.

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Angle Files Petition for Voter ID Law

Posted: 01/30/2014 - Sharron Angle, a conservative former assemblywoman and failed U.S. Senate candidate, has filed a proposed constitutional amendment to require photo identification to vote.

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Assemblyman Charged With Illegal Trapping

Updated: 01/29/2014 - Nevada Assemblyman Ira Hansen has been charged with four misdemeanor counts of illegal trapping. He says it's all part of a vendetta by state wildlife officials.

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Farm Bill Includes Payments to Rural Counties

Posted: 01/29/2014 - The farm bill that has cleared the House includes a one-year extension of a federal program that compensates rural counties for federal lands they can't tax. About 1,900 local governments - mostly in the West - received a total of $400 million last year under the program, known as Payment in Lieu of Taxes or PILT.

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CA Assembly to Tackle Teacher Pension Fund Shortfall

Posted: 01/29/2014 - Assembly Speaker John Perez says the Legislature will try this year to find a way to start paying down California's massive unfunded liability for teacher pensions, estimated as high as $80 billion.

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Washoe GOP Chair Resigns

Posted: 01/29/2014 - Washoe County's Republican Party is looking for another new chairman.

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Tax Credit Proposal Has Bipartisan Appeal

Updated: 01/29/2014 - President Barack Obama's search for bipartisan achievement in a divided Congress may find common ground with his proposal to expand the earned-income tax credit to childless workers. The president's plan would broaden benefits that now mainly go to low-income working parents.

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Sparks Council Votes to Hike Sewer Rates

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Updated: 01/28/2014 - The Sparks City Council approved a sewer rate increase to fund repairs at the regional water treatment plant. Rates will increase 8.25 percent each year for the next for years. The first increase will be July 2014.

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Health Law Tricky for Parents of Medicaid Kids

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Posted: 01/26/2014 - Parents shopping for health insurance through the new federal marketplace are running into trouble when their children might be eligible for Medicaid but they are not.

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