Dark money pours into state races | Govt-and-politics

More than $6.5 million, most of it with untraceable origins, has poured into Oklahoma statewide and legislative primary races since April 1, according to independent expenditure reports filed with the State Ethics Commission. With Democrats having few primaries and Libertarians none at all, virtually all of the money has been spent on intraparty Republican warfare. … Read more

How familiar are Canadians with the history of Indigenous residential schools?

OTTAWA – One year after more than 1,000 unmarked graves were discovered on the grounds of former residential schools – putting a global spotlight on Canada’s horrific history of assimilation and abuse of Indigenous children – Canadians are barely any more familiar with the painful legacy of the institutions, new research shows. According to data … Read more

Conference on aging for caregivers | Lifestyle

NORTH ANDOVER – The first North Andover Conference on Aging will focus on caregivers. “They get caught up, and a lot of the time they don’t even look at themselves as caregivers,” said Kathy Shelp, director of elder services at North Andover. “’It’s my family member. Isn’t this what you do? ‘” A growing number … Read more

The money from the 2020 NPD reallocation is still there — so what now? | News

Norman city councilmembers this week gave money that’s been in question since 2020 to its police department, but the original allocation remains intact, and councilors differ on how they believe it should be used. Council on Tuesday voted to ratify the city budget, which included $865,321 given to the Norman Police Department to fill nine … Read more

We don’t need a costly, government-mandated detour to electric cars, by Derrick Morgan | Columnists

Derrick Morgan Tribune News Service With gas prices nearing $ 5 per gallon nearly everywhere, you’d think the Left would be a little more careful “saying the quiet part out loud.” Take Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan. After she bought a new electric vehicle (EV) – which costs close to $ 60,000 on average – … Read more

Sullivan commission clears way for Kingsport annexation, residential development near West Ridge | Appalachian Highlands

BLOUNTVILLE – The Sullivan County Commission OK’d an interlocal agreement with Kingsport that clears the way to the city to annex 200 acres near West Ridge High School. State law requires such an agreement to be approved before a city can annex non-contiguous property. The agreement outlines when and what services the city will provide … Read more

City council considers moving commercial trucks off Main St. | Local News

Crossville’s Main St. is a busy highway, with many large commercial trucks traveling through the city’s central business district on any given day. Crossville City Councilman Scot Shanks says he’s ready to move forward with enforcing a truck route that would take those trucks off Main St. and onto alternate routes. “What do we have … Read more

Ham operators “radio up” for Field Day | Community & Lifestyle

click to enlarge Photo courtesy of of the Sangamon Valley Radio Club Roger Whitacre lets John Swartz listen to an incoming signal during 2019 Field Day. Roger Whitacre, a member of the Sangamon Valley Radio Club (SVRC), has been a ham radio operator for 64 years, having earned his license when he was only 11. … Read more

Building community and kids | Community & Lifestyle

click to enlarge John T. Crisp, Jr., co-founder of the Garvey-Tubman Center, and Shatriya Smith, executive director, teach chess to a student in the Better Life for Better Living program. Garvey-Tubman Cultural Arts and Research Center is well ahead when it comes to providing support services to the whole family throughout Springfield. “We are the … Read more

Town explores higher tax burden for commercial landowners | Reading

READING – It’s probably too early to think about the fall. But what if we tell you leaves might not be the only thing falling in October. Your taxes could be coming down as well. The Reading Select Board heard a proposal Tuesday from Town Assessor Victor Santaniello to follow the lead of surrounding communities … Read more