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NATO, US warn Kosovo against move to form army – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

NATO and the United States warned Wednesday they could scale back cooperation with Kosovo’s security services if the government goes ahead with plans to transform its lightly-armed security force into an army without the required constitutional changes. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said he told Kosovo’s leaders by telephone “that unilateral steps such as these are unhelpful.” He warned that if Kosovo goes ahead as planned “NATO will have to…

Libya’s eastern parliament calls for elections next year – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Libya’s eastern-based parliament has called for elections to be held early next year, after it backed out of a United Nations-brokered peace deal with rival authorities in the capital, Tripoli. The widening split has stoked concerns that violence could escalate in the fractured country. In an open letter to the country’s electoral commission released late Tuesday, the Tobruk-based House of Representatives requested the national election commission make “all the necessary…

Real Time: Don’t cut off access to public notices in newspapers – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (blog)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Rep. Jeremy Thiesfeldt (left) and Sen. Duey Stroebel (right) are pushing legislation that would impinge on the public’s ability to access some public notices of government meetings. (Photo: Journal Sentinel files, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel) The state Assembly’s Committee on Local Government has scheduled a hearing Wednesday morning on a bill that would impinge on the public’s access to government notices. Let your legislators know that this measure is unnecessary and unacceptable….

CNN launches global VR journalism unit and new 360-degree mobile content – The Verge

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

CNN is the latest news organization to push into virtual reality. The broadcaster has announced a new unit dedicated to the medium, CNNVR, which includes correspondents in 12 cities around the world . As part of the move, the company will be adding more 360-degree video content to its iOS and Android apps, with a first story published this week covering the running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. CNN…

8 steps for building your writing process – Poynter (blog)

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Writing is a process – a set of predictable, repeatable steps in the journey to the finished work. While there are probably as many processes are there are writers, here are some of the identifiable steps. Explore: All good writers express a form of curiosity, a sense that something is going on out there. See your world as a storehouse of story ideas. Gather: Writers collect words, images, details, facts,…

Trump, Russian billionaire say they’ve never met, but their jets did — in Charlotte – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Five days before the November election, a Russian billionaire’s jet wheeled to a stop at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Less than 90 minutes later, Donald Trump’s campaign jet arrived on the same tarmac for an afternoon campaign rally in nearby Concord. Who was aboard Dmitry Rybolovlev’s luxurious jet and whether the planes’ near-simultaneous arrival facilitated another previously undisclosed Russian contact with Trump, his family or campaign associates remain unanswered questions….

House intel committee will probe Trump’s wiretap accusation against Obama – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

The House intelligence committee will investigate President Donald Trump’s claim that Barack Obama ordered his phones tapped during the closing days of last year’s presidential election campaign, the committee’s chairman announced Tuesday. Rep. Devin Nunes, a California Republican, said the claim would be part of the committee’s first open hearing on Russian meddling in the U.S. election, which is now set for March 20. The witness list for that hearing,…

Why was Russian oligarch’s luxury plane in Charlotte before the … – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Five days before the November election, a Russian billionaire’s jet wheeled to a stop at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Less than 90 minutes later, Donald Trump’s campaign jet arrived on the same tarmac for an afternoon campaign rally in nearby Concord. Who was aboard Dmitry Rybolovlev’s luxurious jet and whether the planes’ near-simultaneous arrival facilitated another previously undisclosed Russian contact with Trump, his family or campaign associates remain unanswered questions….

Fort Smith School Board receives FOIA training – Times Record

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

By Alex Golden, Times Record / agolden@swtimes.com The Fort Smith School Board received training on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on Monday. There are two ongoing FOIA lawsuits against the board. Thomas Pennington, professor of legal studies at Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, spoke to the board about the two main components of FOIA — public records and open meetings — during a roughly 50-minute…

FOIA Uncovers Part of UK Shadow Regulation on Search Engines and Copyright – EFF

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

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Iowa Newspaper Calls for Resignation of ‘Sizzler U’ Lawmaker – NBCNews.com

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Iowa lawmaker who became a laughingstock after his “business degree” turned out to be a certificate from “Sizzler U” just got burned by his hometown newspaper. Declaring that State Sen. Mark Chelgren “should resign,” the Ottumwa Courier said “his integrity is gone” and he has turned their town into a “national punchline.” “Chelgren sells himself as a true believer, a crusader for conservative values who will stand up to…

School Board Takes FOIA Class In Move Separate From Lawsuit – 5newsonline.com

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

FORT SMITH (KFSM) — It was a plain PowerPoint presentation, but no one was watching the clock. The Fort Smith School Board got some training tonight on the Freedom Of Information Act. “I think we’re all very intent on following the regulations,” explained Deanie Mehl, the President of the school board, “I think people were definitely paying attention because we don’t want to make mistakes.” It’s a move Mehl says…

Labour wants full probe into Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover – Mirror.co.uk

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Labour yesterday called for the broadcasting watchdog to be given full powers to investigate Rupert Murdoch ’s takeover of BSkyB . Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson said the bid would hand “even greater” media power to the Murdoch family. “Ofcom should look at the whole group of Murdoch-owned and controlled companies in assessing whether the Sky takeover would threaten media plurality,” he told MPs. He added: “We do need to…

Iowa Newspaper Calls for Resignation of ‘Sizzler U’ Lawmaker … – NBCNews.com

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Iowa lawmaker who became a laughingstock after his “business degree” turned out to be a certificate from “Sizzler U” just got burned by his hometown newspaper. Declaring that State Sen. Mark Chelgren “should resign,” the Ottumwa Courier said “his integrity is gone” and he has turned their town into a “national punchline.” “Chelgren sells himself as a true believer, a crusader for conservative values who will stand up to…

Arizona man awarded $2.5M in medical lawsuit vs VA hospital – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

A judge on Monday awarded $2.5 million to a military veteran who said that his now-terminal cancer would have been curable had the Veterans Administration hospital in Phoenix diagnosed it sooner. U.S. Magistrate Judge Michelle Burns ruled a nurse practitioner who found abnormalities in Steven Harold Cooper’s prostate during an examination in late 2011 at the Carl T. Hayden VA Medical Center had breached the standard of care by failing…

Labour wants full probe into Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB takeover – Mirror.co.uk

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Labour yesterday called for the broadcasting watchdog to be given full powers to investigate Rupert Murdoch ’s takeover of BSkyB . Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson said the bid would hand “even greater” media power to the Murdoch family. “Ofcom should look at the whole group of Murdoch-owned and controlled companies in assessing whether the Sky takeover would threaten media plurality,” he told MPs. He added: “We do need to…

Minimum wage bill splits Iowa workers, business owners – McClatchy Washington Bureau

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Frustrated Iowa residents and supportive business owners packed a legislative hearing Monday to discuss a bill that would revoke wage increases for low-income workers. The House Local Government Committee heard feedback on the legislation, which would freeze the minimum wage at $7.25 an hour and roll back wages that already surpass the state standard. Minimum wage raises have been implemented in Johnson, Linn and Wapello counties, with additional increases planned….

Iowa Newspaper Calls for Resignation of ‘Sizzler U’ Lawmaker – NBCNews.com

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

The Iowa lawmaker who became a laughingstock after his “business degree” turned out to be a certificate from “Sizzler U” just got burned by his hometown newspaper. Declaring that State Sen. Mark Chelgren “should resign,” the Ottumwa Courier said “his integrity is gone” and he has turned their town into a “national punchline.” “Chelgren sells himself as a true believer, a crusader for conservative values who will stand up to…