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"A top Bush administration official on Tuesday challenged legislation that maps a corridor to transport water from a rural Nevada county to thirsty Clark County, saying the government should decide where to run the pipeline," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. LINK

"A flock of sheep grazing on the outskirts of Reno could hold the key that one day ends the anguish of people waiting for organ donors and provides a new way to treat genetic defects in unborn children," reads an article in the Reno Gazette-Journal regarding stem-cell research being conducted at the University of Nevada, Reno. LINK

Arizona Democrats are riding high today in response to a new poll being release validating their insistence that last week's state poll numbers putting Bush almost 10 points ahead of Kerry were wrong. The Arizona Republic reports today "The statewide poll by Arizona State University indicated Tuesday that instead of trailing Bush by 12 points, as shown in the same pollster's results just three weeks earlier, or by 10 points, as logged by a different organization two weeks ago, the Democrat has edged ahead, 42 percent to 41 percent, with 17 percent undecided." LINK

The Miami Herald : "A federal appeals court on Tuesday delayed indefinitely a long-awaited Miami trial to decide whether more than 600,000 former felons in Florida could have their voting rights automatically restored." LINK

Republican Senate candidate Bill McCollum makes his air wave debut in Florida, reports the Tampa Tribune. LINK

That along with the stumping on his behalf by former House Majority Leader Dick Armey could boost the morale of the McCollum campaign, according to the Orlando Sentinel, right after the National Right to Life campaign endorsed his main Republican opponents. LINK

The Tampa Tribune looks at the legal strategies being put in place in Florida by the two presidential campaigns for vote-counting time. LINK

Gov. Rendell announced a $145 million rail project that could have passengers from Philadelphia and Harrisburg — lickety split! LINK

A busy day for Rendell, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports his administration recommended expanding Megan's Law to post the names of sex offenders who live in Pennsylvania on the state's website. LINK

Michigan Rep. Mike Rogers will head up the NRCC's Battleground 2004. LINK

Detroit may not be the #1 tourist destination but it sure is getting a lot of visitors. About 15,000 people will converge on downtown Detroit today through Sunday for the National Urban League's annual conference. LINK

And the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People just announced that it will hold its annual convention in Detroit in 2007, the first time since 1989. LINK

A Michigan man has spent six weeks making a saddle for President Bush, a gift valued at $3,500, which is to be presented to the president later this year. LINK

The referendum campaign that is pushing a 1 percent cap on Maine property taxes just got $25,000 from a prominent businessman and more large business contributions are likely on their way. LINK

Thirty-four West Virginia counties reported higher unemployment rates in June than in the previous month, the AP reports. LINK

But, West Virginians paid more for auto insurance in 2001 than people in all but 15 other states. LINK

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