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Blue-collar union gets raises and gives concessions after a long-running financial feud.
Streets Dept. increasing efforts to control the dumping of household trash in litter baskets.
EDGARTOWN, Mass. (AP) - The ice bucket stops with Obama.
TRENTON - New Jersey's legislature is on break, but there is still some intrigue in the Statehouse over how Republican Gov. Christie will deal with 39 bills passed in June by lawmakers.
Lap dances in Philadelphia will stay tax-free - for now, at least. After an attempt to start collecting amusement-tax revenue from the dances was slapped down by a court earlier this year, the city will not pursue an appeal, officials said Thursday.
HARRISBURG - When it comes to sticky policy issues, none quite matches the perennial debate over school funding. Few, if any, school districts think state funding is adequate, and many poorer school districts - including Philadelphia - believe their allocations fail to match their special needs, and thus cuts end up being even more harmful.
A new poll of voters aged 50 and older shows some mixed results compared with the broader population.
Former veep candidate has a "conversation with Michael Smerconish" at the Union League, with protesters outside.
LONG BRANCH, N.J. - Gov. Christie talked about Atlantic City casinos, cautioned against rushing to judgment in the shooting of a black teenager in Missouri, and defended his use of Bruce Springsteen music, Tuesday in the latest installment of his summer "No Pain, No Gain" town-hall meeting series.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry has formally pleaded not guilty to criminal charges of leveraging his power to try to oust a Democratic district attorney convicted of drunken driving, according to court documents obtained Wednesday.
After a 6-month delay, all-new Dilworth Park slated to open next month.
HARRISBURG - A coalition of doctors, nurses, and environmental groups is calling on the Corbett administration to address citizen complaints more comprehensively and better track potential health effects related to natural-gas drilling.
The president's ability to deliver a message should be used to help ease racial tension in Missouri.
ALTOONA, Iowa (AP) - Democrats with presidential dreams are coming to Iowa with little fanfare, entourage or recognition.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Newly released court documents include excerpts from emails showing that Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's recall election campaign team told him to instruct donors to give to a key conservative group that would run ads for Walker and distribute money to other conservative groups backing him.
PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Friday in a visit to a key early voting state that he was unprepared for and humbled by his first run for president in 2012 and will work harder if there's a next time around.
ATLANTA (AP) - The police shooting and death of Michael Brown has gripped the nation amid clashes between protesters and the police in suburban St. Louis. But for most of those who want to lead the nation, there's little to gain in an election year by taking a stand or proposing new policy.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana congressman plagued by a cheating scandal registered for re-election and then immediately took the "ice bucket challenge" while standing outside the secretary of state's office.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Conservatives should "stop the fight" over Common Core and instead consider the benefits that the academic standards offer students in struggling schools, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Friday. The position puts him at odds with a significant bloc of Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that states can apply for extra time before they use student test scores to judge teachers' performance.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Thursday pressed for a more aggressive U.S. military response in Iraq to combat Islamic state militants, including a sustained air campaign, and signaled he would support sending American ground troops.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - In the week since he was indicted for abuse of power and public coercion, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and his supporters have insisted the charges against the Republican governor are politically motivated. Perry has pleaded not guilty, and he continues to visit early-primary states and talk with voters as he mulls a 2016 presidential run.
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Someone has a sense of humor in Minnesota's U.S. Senate race, but it's not the former "Saturday Night Live" writer and comedian.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Party-controlled campaign committees and outside groups faced a Wednesday deadline to report how much money they raised and spent last month. Highlights:
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The winner of Alaska's Republican Senate primary, Dan Sullivan, successfully turned back tea party opposition during an at-times contentious 10-month race. Next up, Democratic Sen. Mark Begich, who has tagged Sullivan as an outsider in a state where relationships and roots matter.
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Democratic National Committee squeaked past its GOP rival in fundraising last month, but the Republican National Committee still has a bigger bank account, according to finance reports filed Wednesday.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor reached into his own medical history Tuesday to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced him.
It contains concessions on both sides. It only lasts two years. And it will be costly to taxpayers. But after five years of bargaining and battling, the 10,000 blue-collar workers who belong to AFSCME District Council 33 will soon get to vote on a contract with their employer, the City of Philadelphia.