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June 20, 2011 By

Missouri Gov. Vetos Voter-ID and Early-Voting

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday vetoed legislation that would have required voters to show photo identification at the polls and allowed some ballots to be cast before Election Day. Kansas City Star

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New Green Women's Jail

Solar panels on the white rooftop of Nashville’s newest jail — a hulking concrete building on Harding Place — face south to consume as much sun as they can. The new Metro building is Tennessee’s first LEED-certified, green detention center, slated to house female inmates for the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office in September. Corrections Corporation of America will run it. Tennessean

How Many Households Are Like Yours?

Interactive graphics of different kinds of American households, from census data. New York Times

County Reduced Homelessness by 16 Percent During Recession

Fairfax County, Va.-- along with the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church -- doesn’t want to just manage homelessness by assisting families and individuals as they fall on hard times. They want to end homelessness. And since 2008, when homelessness numbers were on the rise and the economy was sinking, Fairfax has actually reduced its overall homeless population by nearly 16 percent and its homeless families by 19 percent. Washington Post

County Loses Thousands in Tax-Refund Scam

The Harris County Tax Office may have lost more than $350,000 to a fraud scam in which tax overpayment refunds were claimed by people not entitled to the money. Assessor-Collector Don Sumners reported that the potential loss to his office is $356,629 from issuing as many as 17 checks from December 2009 through October 2010. The claims were made for tax years 2006, 2007 and 2008. Houston Chronicle


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