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MA: Governor signs minimum wage hike into law
Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick signed a bill raising the minimum wage from $8 to $11 an hour by 2017, setting Massachusetts on course to have the highest minimum wage of any state in the country.
CO: Federal judge upholds background checks for Colorado gun purchases
A federal judge Thursday upheld Colorado laws mandating background checks for gun purchases and limiting the size of ammunition magazines, rejecting arguments from gun rights activists and some of the state’s sheriffs.
AZ: High school dropouts cost Arizona $7.6 billion
More than 18,000 Arizona students who dropped out of high school this year will cost the state $7.6 billion over their lifetimes, according to a new report from Arizona mayors.
US: Some states getting younger thanks to energy boom
Census Bureau data show young men looking for work in the oil fields are moving to Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming and Oklahoma.
NY: Deal to end Senate rift may give Democrats full control in Albany
A group of independent Democrats who share control of the New York state Senate with Republicans agreed to reunite with their fellow Democrats, a move that could shift the balance of power in Albany.
OK: Lawsuit filed over 2 percent oil and gas production tax
An Oklahoma City attorney who has successfully sued the state in the past filed a lawsuit to block as unconstitutional a new law setting the oil and natural gas production tax at 2 percent for the first 36 months of production.
SD: All female ticket for Democrats
South Dakota’s first female Democratic gubernatorial nominee has selected a woman as her running mate.
WI: State halts expanded tax credits for rehabbing historic buildings
Citing concerns about the impact on the state’s tax revenues and budget, Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s administration has stopped a program granting tax credits to developers who restore historic buildings.
PA: Judges hear arguments asking panel to stop ride-share companies
Attorneys for the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission argued before a two-judge panel that ride-share companies Lyft and Uber should be ordered to cease and desist operating in Pittsburgh.
NJ: Two men sue New Jersey over discarded $1 million lottery ticket
A million dollar lottery ticket sold in Mahwah is buried somewhere in a Canadian landfill, say two men who claim they bought it, threw it away and are now suing the state Lottery Commission to try to get the money.
TX: Texas exams may delay graduation for some in 2015
Almost 20 percent of rising high school seniors in Texas are at risk of not earning their diplomas on time because they haven’t passed one or more of five required exams.
ME: University chancellor asks business support for funding
University of Maine Chancellor James Page asked the business community for help engaging the state legislature in discussions about the funding of Maine’s public universities.
AK: State ends ‘Alaska State Troopers’ TV show
The state has decided not to participate in another season of “Alaska State Troopers,” the popular, “Cops”-style series on cable, calling the show a “distraction.”
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