- Food stamps lack transparency

Hands off: Taxpayers can’t check SNAP expenditures

American taxpayers spent $76 billion on food stamp programs in fiscal 2013, and more than one in 10 Virginians is enrolled.

But any transaction data on what people are buying with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program dollars — or even how much individual retailers are getting in payments from the feds — is off-limits to the taxpayers footing the bill.

Read more about how you pay food stamp bills but don’t have the right to review where they money is spent.

First Amendment violation? WI city looking to restrict alcohol, tobacco ads

Attention Lodi business owners: Your city government is looking to infringe on your First Amendment rights.

Mayor Paul Fisk has proposed an ordinance prohibiting alcohol and tobacco advertisements within 500 feet of schools, playgrounds, parks, recreation facilities, child-care centers and libraries.

The ads also cannot be visible from those same locations, even if the distance exceeds 500 feet, or appear on banners, exterior illuminated signs and motor fuel islands.

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Charter schools that want to weigh lottery systems toward admitting more educationally disadvantaged children are now eligible to receive federal start-up money.

Before, only charter schools running unweighted lotteries were eligible for the funding, but the U.S. Department of Education has changed the guidelines.

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