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Wisconsin Governor Tries To Rejuvenate State's Mining Industry Amid Protest

Plagued by a stagnant economy, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is pushing a rewrite of his state's mining laws to clear the way for a massive open pit iron mine. Backers hope the project could rejuvenate an industry that helped build Wisconsin, although it's been mostly dormant for more than 50 years. But the proposal's sweeping changes to environmental protections have met fierce opposition in a state that also prides itself on its history of protecting the earth.
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Alabama Divided As Court Prepares To Hear Voting Rights Challenge

The Supreme Court hears arguments Wednesday in a case challenging a Voting Rights Act provision that requires some states to receive federal approval for elections rule changes. Shelby County says the system is outdated, but some black officials argue it's still necessary to ensure diverse voices in government.
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An Oprah-less Chicago Tries To Keep Talk Show Spirit Alive

It's been nearly two years since Oprah ended her daily show, and Chicago's been adjusting to the loss of the daytime talk queen. She left a void, but there's no need to write an obituary for the talk genre in Chicago. The city is still home to two shows, Windy City Live and the Steve Harvey Show.
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Would-Be Federal Judges Face The Washington Waiting Game

The White House is calling out Congress for a slowdown in voting on judicial nominees, saying it has left 10 percent of judgeships unfilled. The president also faces criticism from the left on the pace of his nominations. But recent White House moves and a new Senate rule could help get things moving.

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