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OH: GOP picks Ohio over Texas for 2016 national convention
Republican Gov. John Kasich says Cleveland’s hosting of the party’s national convention will allow the state to show the U.S. “that we have the right formula for helping the country.”
AK: Alaska taps rainy day cash for pension gap
Alaska, like governments across the U.S., is grappling with the pension costs of its retired workers. Unlike other states, Alaska pulled $3 billion out of its purse to pay a quarter of the bill in cash.
FL: State investigators accuse corrections department of systematic corruption
Four investigators have accused the state of running a prison system rife with corruption, brutality and officially-sanctioned gang violence.
TX: Perry and Obama will discuss border crisis
Republican Gov. Rick Perry will meet with President Barack Obama in Texas today to discuss the continuing illegal immigration crisis on the border.
DC: 911 system suffers ‘catastrophic communications failure’
The center that handles Washington, D.C.’s 911 calls and dispatches police and fire experienced what officials called a 30-minute “catastrophic communications failure” Tuesday when the facility lost power.
NE: Nebraska now alone in denying driver’s licenses to young immigrants
Nebraska is now the only state that refuses to grant driver’s licenses to young, undocumented immigrants who have special work permits, after an appellate court blocked a similar policy in Arizona.
LA: Feds wary of Louisiana special education law
A new state law that will allow special education students a different route to a high school diploma may violate federal laws and jeopardize the state’s public school aid.
ID: Vet sues after burial with gay partner denied
A Navy veteran filed a civil rights lawsuit after the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery refused to allow her to be buried with the ashes of her late wife.
NJ: Sources say Christie administration pressed Port Authority to hire law firm
The Port Authority fast-tracked the hiring of a law firm with strong ties to Republican Gov. Chris Christie and gave it millions of dollars in legal work after the Christie administration pressed officials to hire the firm in 2010, according to sources and internal agency documents.
PA: State budget, related bills in limbo
The Pennsylvania budget deadline has come and gone, with critical pieces of legislation still in limbo, including the fiscal blueprint itself and the much-anticipated Philadelphia cigarette tax.
US: Fewer new state restrictions on abortion enacted this year
So far this year, 21 new abortion restrictions have been enacted in the states, about half the number by this point last year.
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