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Aging inmates and health-care costs, and more

The increasing age of the nation’s inmates is causing steep rises in health-care costs for prison systems.

Aging inmates and health-care costs
The number of imprisoned men and women age 65 and over increased by 63 percent between 2007 and 2010, even as the total U.S. prison population remained essentially flat. The increasing age of the nation’s inmates is causing steep rises in health-care costs for prison systems.
The New York Times

Rick Perry's approval rating
Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s approval rating has fallen to 40 percent following his failed presidential bid, leaving him less popular in his solidly Republican home state than President Obama, with 43 percent.
The Dallas Morning News

Poitical donations from Wall Street
Political donations from wealthy individuals working in the financial-services sector jumped 700 percent over the past two decades. In 2010, those donors contributed $178.2 million, up from $15.4 million in 1990.
WSJ.com

Salvaging the Costa Concordia
Insurers will have to pay out up to $1 billion for the loss of the Costa Concordia. Salvaging the wreck off the coast of Tuscany is estimated to cost more than $50 million and could take two years.
Reuters.com

Jan Brewer's book rises at Amazon
After Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was photographed last week in a heated discussion with President Obama over how she portrayed him in her book Scorpions for Breakfast, the book soared from No. 285,568 to No. 21 on Amazon’s best-seller list in a single day.
Publisher’s Weekly

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