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Harrisburg Treasurer Resigns Amid Scandal
August 28, 2014 John Campbell, charged with theft from a local nonprofit, resigned as city treasurer in distressed Harrisburg, Pa., and...

S&P Maintains Connecticut Rating Pending Medicare Review
August 28, 2014 The federal government's review of Medicaid reimbursements will not affect Connecticut's AA general obligation bond rating for...

Panel Calls for New York MTA to Improve Safety Culture
August 28, 2014 Metro-North Railroad's emphasis on on-time performance worsened the safety culture at the commuter rail line, said a report...

Harrisburg Report: Civil War Museum Overspends on Salaries
August 28, 2014 The National Civil War Museum spends nearly two-thirds of its funding from hotel tax revenues on salaries, said Harrisburg,...

Harrisburg Mayor: 'All Accounts Are in Order'
August 27, 2014 Harrisburg, Pa., Mayor Eric Papenfuse said the scandal surrounding city Treasurer John Campbell's alleged theft from a...

Harrisburg, Pa., Council: Suspend Civil War Museum Funding
August 27, 2014 The Harrisburg, Pa., City Council requested Dauphin County Commissioners to suspend transfer of funds from hotel tax revenues...

Lancaster, Pa., Wins Sustainability Award
August 27, 2014 The Pennsylvania Municipal League recognized Lancaster as the first community to receive sustainable Pennsylvania community...

N.Y. City in Tentative Deal with School Safety Agents
August 27, 2014 New York City reached a tentative contract agreement with school safety agents and special officers, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Harrisburg, Pa., Treasurer Charged with Theft from Nonprofit
August 26, 2014 Harrisburg, Pa., Treasurer John Campbell has been charged with theft from a nonprofit he used to run, said Dauphin County...

Storm-Financing Expert Praises USDA Plan for N.Y. City
August 26, 2014 A hurricane financing expert praised a $56 million plan by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to harden parts of New York City...


Issuance of municipal MSA tobacco bonds by states was the subject of a highly critical article published by ProPublica. The article attempts to make a case that states erred in deciding to issue tobacco bonds. The article was widely circulated across social media. As we frequently observe, the national media focus on the muni market is appreciated, but the facts got muddied in the pursuit of a good story.

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