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WHO PAYS? The children got sick at school after a mysterious, nauseating odor swirled through. Hazardous materials response teams took them to the hospital. Now the parents are getting the medical bills, and they want the Hernando County school district to pay. District officials say they're not liable.

LET THEM EAT CELERY: Pizza Hut's Book It program, which rewards kids who read with pizzas, gets a thumbs down from the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, the Associated Press reports. Critics say it promotes obesity to a captive audience. Supporters say it promotes reading.

FIGHTING FOR CONTROL: Orange County leaders seek to have a countywide elected School Board chairman, the Orlando Sentinel reports. The NAACP is threatening to sue, saying  the post would be discriminatory.

ONLY IN TEXAS: Teachers in seven Texas school districts took advantage of a tax loophole, since closed, to do some creative pension planning, the Houston Chronicle reports.  The potential cost to the nation: $2.2-billion.

UNHAPPY ABOUT VOUCHERS: A group of Utah residents, displeased that state lawmakers adopted a universal voucher plan for students, is trying to remove the law from the books, the Salt Lake Tribune reports. Unlike Florida, no one in Utah has gotten a voter referendum on the ballot in more than 30 years. And to think, in Florida a small group of justices got to decide on vouchers.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 9:14am]


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