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South Carolina: Gingrich's Last Stand?

In South Carolina, the race to be the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney is hitting a fever pitch. The state's GOP primary is Saturday.
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Hate Politics, Love TV, Live In S.C.? Not Your Week

Republican candidates are actually spending less money on TV ads than they did four years ago. But outside groups have more than made up the difference. By one analysis, the average viewer in at least one South Carolina market will see political ads 182 times before Saturday's presidential primary.
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Secretaries Of State At Center Of Election Battles

The once sleepy role of secretary of state is rising in profile and controversy as the business of conducting elections has become more and more contentious over the past decade. From Maine to New Mexico, secretaries of state are making activism their trademark.
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Cleaner Air In L.A. Ports Comes At A Cost To Truckers

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of old diesel cargo trucks that pass through each day. But new emissions standards just went into effect banning those old trucks. Neighboring communities are breathing a sigh of relief, but the restrictions are taking a toll on low-wage truck drivers.
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New Recycling Company Springs From Old Mattresses

Old mattresses are among the worst kinds of household waste — recyclers don't want them, and neither do most landfills. A new business that started as a college project hopes to move mattress recycling into the mainstream, employing former convicts in the process.
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States' Fiscal Future Starts To Look A Bit Brighter

The improved outlook comes at a painful cost: nearly 700,000 state and local government jobs lost, and significant cuts to education and other programs. And since a quarter of states' budgets come from federal funding, more problems are on the way. But the hope is that the days of crippling budget deficits are at an end.

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