Editor’s Picks From Around the Web
US: Bridges crumble even as borrowing costs low
Across the U.S., repairs to crumbling highways, airports and water works are being delayed because localities are refraining from borrowing new funds after the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression left them with unprecedented deficits.
TX: Texas a testing ground for energy storage
Because of its fast-growing renewable energy sector, Texas has become a major testing ground for storage technology that could revolutionize the power grid.
FL: Governor signs bill to overhaul child welfare
Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill that strengthens child welfare laws and increases resources to protect children from abuse and neglect, responding to damning media reports about the deaths of children who had contact with the Department of Children and Families.
PA: Kane cites ‘crucial missteps’ and delays in Sandusky investigation
Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane said the state’s three-year investigation into pedophile Jerry Sandusky took too long because of “crucial missteps” and “inexplicable delays” by her predecessors.
NJ: U.S. Supreme Court refuses to take up New Jersey challenge of federal sports betting law
The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to take up New Jersey’s bid to overturn a 22-year-old federal sports betting law, bringing to an end a two-year court battle prompted by a 2012 state law.
US: More than 750 hospitals face Medicare crackdown on patient injuries
U.S. hospitals with the worst rates of patient injury and infection will lose 1 percent of every Medicare payment for a year starting in October.
OR: Bulk of funds in state program going to counties to ward off attacks on livestock
A three-year-old state program to control wolves has been used mainly to prevent wolf attacks on livestock.
CO: A candidate for governor has both parties on alert
Tom Tancredo, the firebrand former congressman, Harley-Davidson biker and perennial headache for Colorado’s Republican leaders, was taking fire from all sides last week in the final days of his primary campaign for governor.
WA: Employers worry over effects of wage law
Employers are worried about paying higher wages, but they view layoffs as a last resort and price hikes carry some risk in a competitive landscape.
OH: Property tax burden has shifted away from business to homeowners, farmers
Homeowners and farmers are paying an increasing share of Ohio’s property taxes, while businesses have seen their share decrease over the years, according to a new report from school advocacy groups.
MT: Court strikes down Montana immigration law
A district court judge has ruled that federal law pre-empts the 2012 voter-approved law banning undocumented immigrants from accessing state services.
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