By Hilary Russ NEW YORK (Reuters) - Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf on Wednesday proposed a new 5 percent severance tax on the state's booming natural gas extraction industry, a turnabout from his Republican predecessor who opposed such a tax. Wolf, a Democrat, ousted incumbent Tom Corbett in November in part because some voters believed Corbett had dramatically underfunded the school system. "We have the natural resources to actually do something about the problem here," Wolf said during his announcement, broadcast from Caln Elementary School, about an hour west of Philadelphia. Wolf noted that Pennsylvania ranks forty-fifth in the nation for state support for education.
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A District of Columbia jury on Wednesday rejected a whistleblower suit filed by a police commander whose unit had escorted actor Charlie Sheen and who contended he was demoted for saying the celebrity service was common. The decision in the 2012 suit was handed down by an eight-person jury in the U.S. capital's Superior Court, a court spokeswoman said. The lawsuit by Captain Hilton Burton arose from the high-speed police escort provided for Sheen in April 2011 from Dulles International Airport in northern Virginia to a stand-up performance in Washington.
DETROIT (AP) — As Kayla White slowed her SUV behind two other cars to exit a suburban Detroit freeway on Veterans Day, it was rammed from behind by a Cadillac STS. Her red 2003 Jeep Liberty bounced off a Nissan in front of it, rolled onto its side and exploded in flames.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Year after year, Louisiana didn't have enough money to cover its expenses, yet Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to roll back income tax cuts or ever-increasing corporate tax breaks. Instead, he raided reserve funds and sold off state property.