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Do the numbers on some electric bills add up? – South Bend Tribune: Local

Here are the factors that drove some electric bills to double at Creekside Terre Apartments,

Brewers push for alcohol sales at Ind. State Fair

Craft breweries and wineries are pushing for repeal of a law banning sales at the State Fair.

Senate Will Hear Debate Over State Funded Pre-K Wednesday | News – Indiana Public Media

A bid to expand state financial aid for preschool gets a hearing in the on Wednesday, with better prospects than it found a year ago.

Study: Nope, government pre-K programs still not actually helping kids « Hot Air

For the second time in two years, a Congressionally mandated of the Health and Human Services program has shown it does not work. Its published date is October 2012, but it wasn’t released until after Obama’s election, presumably so Democratic campaigns could safely accuse Republicans of not caring about children and ignore the actual results of the programs they favor…

Senate Clears Debt Limit Measure for Obama – ABC News

After a dramatic Senate tally in which top GOP leaders cast the crucial votes, must-pass legislation to allow the government to borrow money to pay its bills cleared Congress Wednesday for President Barack Obama’s signature.

Eric Holder: Barring ex-felons from voting is unfair, counterproductive (+video) –

Attorney General on Tuesday called upon states to repeal laws that bar ex-felons from voting after they complete their sentences, saying such laws are “unjust” and “counterproductive,” as well as disproportionately excluding black Americans from the polls.

New York Anti-Gun Zealot Arrested for Taking Gun to School, Wants Absolution | Wizbang

Dwayne Ferguson an African American community activist and vehement anti-gun campaigner who worked tirelessly for New York’s gun grabbing was arrested last week for carrying a concealed weapon into a grade school. He said he “forgot” he had the gun on him and wants to be given a pass on the violation.

Zero Tolerance: Chicago School Officials Suspend 11-Year-Old Boy Under ‘Dangerous Weapons’ Policy for Voluntarily Turning in Non-Firing Toy Gun

Criticizing school officials for being overzealous, misguided and incapable of distinguishing between an impotent toy and a dangerous weapon, The Rutherford Institute has come to the defense of an 11-year-old who was suspended from school after he voluntarily turned in a non-firing plastic toy gun that had been forgotten in his jacket pocket. Caden Cook, a sixth grader at Fredrick Funston Elementary School, was suspended for allegedly violating the school’s weapons policy against dangerous objects, in addition to being ordered to undergo counseling, and subjected to intimidation tactics, interrogation, and dire threats by school officials—all without his mother being present. Rutherford Institute attorneys have asked that the suspension be rescinded and all references to the incident be removed from Caden’s permanent school record.