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Republican presidential candidates living on public money

Three of five Republicans in the presidential race are receiving or will receive taxpayer-funded pensions, Bloomberg reports.

Front-runner Newt Gringrich draws a gross annual pension of over $100,000,  while drop-out Rick Perry takes $92,000, according to documents released under Freedom of Information laws.

Both candidates have attacked federal pay and made cutting government spending a central plank of their campaigns.

Former vice president Dick Cheney is alongside Gringrich and Perry as one of 15,000 retired federal employees who receive six figure pensions, taking $125,976 per year.

Scots nuclear train timetables will not be disclosed

The Highland News reports that 94 trains will carry spent nuclear fuel through the Scottish Highlands over the next five to six years. The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority in a FoIA response confirmed the journeys but said schedules would be secret to avoid the risk of terrorist attacks on the trains. 45-tonne steel containers with 10-tonne lids will bear the material from the decommissioned Caithness plant in the far north to a reprocessing facility in Sellafield, England.

High costs of governors’ battle to keep contract under wraps

State officials in British Columbia have spent over C$124,000 resisting Freedom of Information requests for a secret contract with IBM – according to a Freedom of Information request. Canadian courts ordered the government to release the contract in 2009, but the tax campaigners are still fighting after seven years of legal action. Activists said the figure did not include government staff time the legal expenses of the Information and Privacy Commissioner.

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