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Medicare Dings Hospitals For Too Many Repeat Customers

The Federal government wants hospitals to take responsibility for discharged patients to make sure they are not admitted again within 30 days. Medicare will penalize hospitals with many repeat admissions, but some think putting this whole burden on hospitals is not fair.
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Wal-Mart's Female Employees File Suit In Tennessee

Wal-Mart employees in Tennessee say the company pays and promotes men ahead of women. Some of those women filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court Tuesday. It's the first of several planned lawsuits.
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U.S. Border Agent Shot Dead In Arizona

The investigation continues into Tuesday's fatal shooting of a Border Patrol agent near the Arizona-Mexico border. He was one of three agents responding to a ground sensor activated just north of the border. A second agent was wounded in the attack.
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Early Voting Begins In Presidential Picker Ohio

Early voting began Tuesday in the battleground state of Ohio — even as court fights continue over the state's early voting laws. Ohio voters have picked the winners in the last 12 presidential contests. Within minutes of the polls opening, 24 people were lining up to use the touch-screen voting booths.
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Setbacks For Voter ID Laws in Pa., Other States Could Be Short-Lived

Judges in these cases have declined to rule on the constitutionality of the laws. Instead, they have signaled the laws would withstand scrutiny if states can ensure that the vast majority of voters have easier access to free IDs. Legal scholars agree that many of these measures could be enacted after Election Day.
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'Million-Dollar Blocks' Map Incarceration's Costs

Many cities spend millions on prisons annually, and often those moving in and out of jail come from the same neighborhoods. The Justice Mapping Center maps those costs, block by block, to help policymakers visualize where those public dollars are going — and determine if they could be better spent.

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