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Plaintiffs in Ferguson-Florissant voting rights case want cumulative voting

Updated Sept. 29 with the plaintiff's choice — The American Civil Liberties Union and the Missouri NAACP are asking the judge in their ongoing voting rights case to consider changing Ferguson-Florissant School Board elections to a cumulative voting system. Cumulative voting allows a voter to cast multiple votes for the same candidate. For instance, if three slots on the school board are open but a voter only likes one candidate, he or she can cast up to three votes for the same candidate.

Shots fired in Burlington’s Old North End, but no one injured

BURLINGTON — Gunshots were fired from a vehicle Wednesday evening into 31 Hyde St., a multifamily home in the Old North End, according to police. No one was injured, but Police Chief Brandon del Pozo told the Burlington Free Press that a bullet passed through the door of a family with a 5-year-old and 7-month-old as they were sitting down to dinner. Del Pozo did not return multiple calls for comment Thursday. The shooting is under investigation. Police said the shots were fired from a red SUV and are asking for members of the public to come forward with any information about the shooter or the incident.

Attorney general dismisses complaint against Scott campaign

The attorney general's office dismissed a complaint Thursday filed by the Vermont Democratic Party, one alleging that a Republican Governors Association PAC and Phil Scott's gubernatorial campaign inappropriately coordinated during the production of a series of political ads. A Stronger Vermont — a political action committee backed by $1.2 million in RGA money — has produced three pro-Scott ads that feature up-close shots and crisp audio of the lieutenant governor. The ads were put on television hours after Scott won the Aug. 9 primary, and the Vermont Democrats filed their coordination complaint Sept. 19.

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How the Spanos Family Built a Fortune Selling Bologna Sandwiches to Mexican Farmworkers

There are “no poor football team owners,” as a spokesman for the Chargers recently put it. Indeed. The Spanos family, which owns the majority shares of the Chargers franchise, is worth $2.4 billion, according to Forbes. As the team lobbies for public money to subsidize a new stadium and convention center, the Spanoses' wealth has come under scrutiny: Why, people ask, should San Diego taxpayers use billions in public tax dollars to support billionaires? Less understood is where the family fortune came from.

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VSC board unanimously backs Lyndon-Johnson merger

The campus at Lyndon State College in Lyndon Center. Courtesy photo
Lyndon and Johnson state colleges will become one institution with two campuses in an effort to avert financial disaster at the small, tuition-dependent schools, the Vermont State Colleges trustees decided Thursday. The freshman class of 2018 will be the first to attend the new, not-yet-named institution. The board agreed unanimously with Chancellor Jeb Spaulding's unification plan. “The reality is we can't keep operating the way we are,” Spaulding told the board at its annual retreat in Fairlee.

SAISD Wins $46 Million Grant for Teacher Incentives

San Antonio Independent School District (SAISD) was awarded a $46 million grant from the Department of Education's Teacher Incentive Fund, one of only 13 grants awarded by the fund for fiscal year 2016. ... The post SAISD Wins $46 Million Grant for Teacher Incentives appeared first on The Rivard Report.

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Ex-State Official Gets 70 Month Sentence In Bribery, Kickback Scheme

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Former Personnel Cabinet secretary Tim Longmeyer was sentenced Thursday to 70 months in prison for federal bribery. He will also have to pay $203,500 in restitution. U.S. District Judge Karen Caldwell said Thursday that Longmeyer had damaged public trust in the government and hoped the sentence would deter future bad actors. “We live in a time and a country where the public is cynical about its government,” Caldwell said before issuing the sentence. In April, Longmeyer pled guilty to accepting more than $212,000 in kickbacks in exchange for funneling state contracts to a consulting firm while he was Personnel Cabinet secretary under former Gov. Steve Beshear.

The Forgotten Generation: Young People Born with HIV in Malawi

Jennifer Stephens

Some 200 young Malawians are tightly packed onto benches, leaving 2 girls and 2 boys standing in the middle wide-eyed and apprehensive. One of the girls, not a day older than 15, is shifting nervously from foot to foot. The 4 are newcomers to Tisungane teen club, in the city of Zomba. After introducing themselves, 200 teens descend to give them a hug or a jovial slap on the back. Smiles erupt onto their faces.

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Texans’ McNair Leads NFL Owners in Political Contributions

One million dollars is just half what the average NFL player makes in a year, but it's a hefty political donation nonetheless. So far only one NFL team owner has anted up that much during the 2016 campaign cycle according to a report by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington — Robert McNair of the Houston Texans. The owner of Texas' other team — Jerry Jones of the Dallas Cowboys — has ponied up $200,000 in the 2016 presidential race, the center reported. McNair's $1.3 million in political contributions haven't gone to support presidential aspirants. He gave $1 million to a super PAC dedicated to protecting the Republican hold on the U.S. Senate, and $100,000 to a similar super PAC for the U.S. House.