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Overhalla

Overhalla is a municipality in Trøndelag county, Norway. It is part of the Namdalen region; the administrative centre of the municipality is the village of Ranemsletta. Other villages include Melen, Skogmo, Øysletta; the population is concentrated in the broad Namsen river valley at the center. Public services and tourism are the main sources of income. Overhallahus and Pharmaq are located in the municipality; the 730-square-kilometre municipality is the 151st largest by area out of the 422 municipalities in Norway. Overhalla is the 236th most populous municipality in Norway with a population of 3,845; the municipality's population density is 5.6 inhabitants per square kilometre and its population has increased by 9.6% over the last decade. The municipality of Overhalla was established on 1 January 1838. During the 1960s, there were many municipal mergers across Norway due to the work of the Schei Committee, although Overhalla's borders were only modified. On 1 January 1964, the Galguften and Hauknes area of Høylandet was transferred to Overhalla.

On 1 January 2018, the municipality switched from the old Nord-Trøndelag county to the new Trøndelag county. The Old Norse form of the name was œfri halfa which means "the upper half"; the Namdalen district was divided in two parts: "the upper half" and "the lower half". The municipality of Overhalla today is, just a fraction of the old part of œfri halfa; the coat of arms for Overhalla was granted in 1989. They are inspired by an old seal for the district by King Håkon Magnusson from 1344, it shows. The Church of Norway has two parishes within the municipality of Overhalla, it is part of the Namdal prosti in the Diocese of Nidaros. The municipality includes part of the lake Eidsvatnet, from which the river Bjøra flows into the river Namsen, which runs from the east to the west. By the time it reaches the border to Namsos, Namsen is brackish and influenced by the tides the ocean; the river Nordelva empties into the estuary here. On the south side of Namsen, there is an area of mountains, including Reinsjøfjell and mountain lakes.

The western approaches to Geitfjell lies in Overhalla. The southern tip of the lake Storgrønningen lies in Overhalla, while the vast majority of the lake lies in Høylandet. All municipalities in Norway, including Overhalla, are responsible for primary education, outpatient health services, senior citizen services and other social services, economic development, municipal roads; the municipality is governed by a municipal council of elected representatives, which in turn elect a mayor. The municipality falls under the Frostating Court of Appeal; the municipal council of Overhalla is made up of 21 representatives that are elected to four year terms. The party breakdown of the council is as follows: The historic Namsos Line railway traversed the municipality on its way from Grong to Namsos, but the line was closed to passenger traffic in 1978. Freight traffic on the line was discontinued in 2002; the Norwegian County Road 17 crosses the municipality. Hans Andersen Barlien, Norwegian politician, credited with the establishment of a Norwegian-American immigrant settlement in Sugar Creek, Iowa Bjarne Brøndbo and Eskil Brøndbo rock musicians Gunhild Følstad international women's footballer Trine Skei Grande, Norwegian politician and leader of the Liberal Party of Norway Christian Møinichen Havig, politician Alf Hildrum, media executive and politician Johannes Rian, painter Trøndelag travel guide from Wikivoyage Municipal fact sheet from Statistics Norway

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Better Government Association

The Better Government Association is a Chicago-based investigative journalism non-profit organization. BGA journalistic investigations are guided by the newly adopted BGA guidelines for investigations and oversight protocols, they work under the motto, "Shining a Light on Government". The Association does not accept government funding, it functions off of the support of foundations, law firms, major donors, individuals. The Better Government Association's mission is to work for "integrity and accountability in government by exposing corruption and inefficiency. In May 1923, E. J. Davis, director of the Anti-Saloon League, along with a group of clergymen, lawyers and businessmen formed the Better Government Association to combat the corruption in the Prohibition-era government, they believed. After a merger with the Legislative Voter's League, the BGA worked for the next 34 years. In 1957, new Executive Director George Mahin set out to evolve the role of the BGA. In the 1960s, Mahin and Charles Percy, a board member, started a new program called Operation Watchdog, which allowed the BGA to become a media partner.

This partnership put pressure on public officials. The first major investigation was conducted by Chicago Tribune reporter George Bliss, who uncovered corruption at the Metropolitan Sanitary District. After Richard Friedman's brief tenure as executive director, J. Terrence Brunner joined the BGA. By this time, the organization had earned a national reputation for its investigations. In 1977, the BGA worked with CBS' 60 Minutes and Chicago Sun-Times to produce the Mirage Tavern Investigation, in which many bribe-seeking inspectors and employees were exposed. Brunner was known for starting the investigative internship program. In 1979, the BGA opened new offices in Washington, D. C. and Springfield, Illinois. C. office, was too expensive and was closed in 1984. Through the 1980s and 1990s, the BGA exposed fraud in the Chicago Public Schools, lax security at the O'Hare International Airport, corrupt secretary of state George Ryan, among other investigations. After nearly 30 years as executive director, Brunner retired, former BGA General Counsel Terrance Norton took his place.

Under his reign, the BGA compiled the Alper Integrity Index, the nation's first comprehensive analysis and ranking of government transparency and accountability laws across 50 states. The study ranks states in laws about open records, whistleblower protection, campaign finance, open meetings, conflicts of interest; the Index was published in the fall of 2002. In 2003, Sue Walker replaced Norton, in 2004, former staff attorney Jay Stewart took her place. In June 2009, Andy Shaw became the new executive director. Shaw was an education reporter and the editorial director at NBC 5, where he won two local Emmys, prior to joining ABC 7, where he covers city, suburban and national politics and government. At this point, the BGA was in need of revitalization. There are now five working units that make up the organization: Investigations, Communications, Watchdog Training, Reporting and Administration. In the fall of 2010, BGA launched a new website, it continues to investigate misdeeds. Shaw introduced a new idea to the non-profit, to propose new policies instead of just exposing problems.

The Better Government Association is broken up into five units of operation. The Investigative Unit looks into allegations of waste and corruption in city, county and state government, the results are made public through partnerships with local media; the BGA works with the New York Times through the Chicago News Cooperative, Chicago Sun-Times, Crain's Chicago Business, the Chicago television affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX. The BGA has a updated blog managed by the investigative unit called the Notebook. In September, 2010, the BGA announced new members to the investigative team. Bob Reed, Bob Herguth, John Conroy are award-winning, veteran journalists added to the team, bringing more than 90 combined years of journalistic experience; these additions doubled the size of the investigative unit. The Policy Advocacy Unit proposes policy solution to corruption, lack of accountability, waste in government based on the results of BGA investigations. In 2010, the BGA Policy Unit focused on issues such as streamlining government, TIFs and judicial reform.

The Citizen Watchdog Training Unit teaches citizens to monitor and report on their local governments, working with BGA investigators and editors. Trainings take place throughout the state in underserved communities. Watchdog Training teaches you how to keep an eye on government and report on what's happening in your community, it helps to learn the Freedom of Information Act. The Citizen Education and Communication Unit promotes civic engagement by keeping the public informed with reliable facts, in-depth information and thoughtful perspectives. Through traditional and social media, the BGA educated hundreds of thousands of citizens to educate them on developments in local and state government, train citizens on techniques for monitoring government activities, provide information for whistleblowers, announce calls-to-action and generate debate; the Awards for Investigative Reporting are presented each year and highlight the importance of investigative journalism in advancing the principles of democracy