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Clinton library group wants tax breaks
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. Bill Clinton's presidential library foundation sued the state, asking that a judge order the Economic Development Department to consider nonprofit groups for tax breaks.
In May, Economic Development Director Jim Pickens rejected $3.5 million in tax rebates for the library, saying it was not eligible for the Advantage Arkansas program because it is not a business.
In the lawsuit filed Thursday in Pulaski County Circuit Court, the foundation argues that the library's benefits to the economy will be on a par of that of a new business.
The $200 million library and museum complex will generate $10.7 million a year through tourism and jobs associated with the library, foundation officials say.

Coalition planes strike Iraqi military site
Warplanes from the U.S.-British coalition patrolling the no-fly zone in southern Iraq bombed an Iraqi communications facility, the U.S. military said.
The planes used precision-guided weapons to destroy the military communications site in southern Iraq on Thursday, according to a statement from U.S. Central Command.
The strikes came in response to continued Iraqi hostile actions toward coalition airplanes, it said.
The official Iraqi News Agency reported that five civilians were killed and 17 injured by a coalition air strike in the southern Iraqi province of Qadissiya on Thursday.
The report could not be independently verified.

Gov. Bush's daughter released from jail
ORLANDO, Fla. Noelle Bush, Gov. Jeb Bush's 24-year-old daughter, was released from jail and allowed back into drug rehabilitation yesterday, two days after being locked up for violating the terms of the court-ordered treatment program.
"I would not allow you to go back to the facility if I didn't think you could do the program," Circuit Judge Reginald Whitehead said in giving the president's niece a second chance.
Miss Bush, accompanied by her brother, George P. Bush, and her attorney, said nothing in her defense during theminute hearing.
Miss Bush was jailed Wednesday for contempt of court after being accused of taking prescription pills from a cabinet in a nurse's office at the rehab center where she was being treated.

Medical marijuana users get shelter in California
SAN FRANCISCO Medical marijuana users are immune from criminal prosecution in California state courts under a ruling by the state's Supreme Court.
Under California law, possessing or growing marijuana "is no more criminal as long as its conditions are satisfied than the possession and acquisition of any prescription drug with a doctor's prescription," the California Supreme Court ruled Thursday.
Writing for the unanimous court, Chief Justice Ronald George said a section of California law "reasonably must be interpreted to grant a defendant a limited immunity from prosecution." Users of medical marijuana, however, are still subject to prosecution under federal law.
The ruling stems from the arrest and conviction of Myron Mower, who uses marijuana to alleviate diabetes.

Clinton, Feingold clash on campaign financing
Sen. Russell D. Feingold of Wisconsin said yesterday that he and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York had an argument over the impact of a new campaign finance law on Senate Democrats.
"You're not living in the real world," Mrs. Clinton argued during the closed-door meeting of about two dozen Senate Democrats on Thursday, according to Mr. Feingold, the party's leading proponent of the law.
A spokeswoman for Mrs. Clinton, Karen Dunn, declined to comment on Mr. Feingold's description of Thursday's meeting, but noted that the New York senator voted for the new campaign finance law.
At issue was the law's ban on soft money large, unregulated donations to parties from corporations, unions and others. Mrs. Clinton is worried the law is vague and will open Democrats to legal liability, Mr. Feingold said.

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