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Revisions to ‘Extraordinary Aid’ Program Draw New Questions

First put in place a decade ago, a state fund to help districts pay the big-ticket costs of students with disabilities has never lived up to its billing.

But from its start in 2003, the program never picked up the percentages it promised, while rising costs put more stress on families and communities.

Last year, for example, the state paid out $165 million to more than 500 districts — a slight decrease from the year before — but accounting for just 77 percent of eligible costs. State spending in the prior year covered 84 percent.  Click here to continue reading this story.

RNC Meets in Charlotte for Winter Meeting

Members of the Republican National Committee descended upon Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday to kick off the committee’s three-day winter meeting.

The headline of the RNC’s post-election meeting is always the race for chairman, but this year Reince Priebus, who was first elected in 2011, appears headed to a comfortable re-election. Despite a convincing victory in November for President Barack Obama, Priebus is credited with getting the RNC out of debt, and he has claimed an overwhelming majority of support among the RNC’s 168 voting members.  Click here to continue reading this story.

Democrats in Senate Confront Doubts at Home on Gun Laws

BECKLEY, W.Va. — Talk of stricter gun control has stirred up a lot of unease here, a place where hunters vie for top prize (a 26-inch LED television) in the Big Buck Photo Contest, and ads for a gun-simulator game ask, “Feel like shooting something today?”

But before Senator Joe Manchin IIIinvited a group of 15 businessmen and community leaders to lunch last week to discuss the topic, he had only a vague idea of how anxious many of his supporters were.

“How many of you all believe that there is a movement to take away the Second Amendment?” he asked.

About half the hands in the room went up.  Click here to continue reading this story.

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