By: - July 16, 2014 12:00 am

UT: Two former Utah attorneys general arrested, could get 30 years in prison

In the most sweeping political scandal in Utah history, two former attorneys general were arrested Tuesday on a total of 23 charges that include accepting bribes, tampering with evidence and obstructing justice.

TX: Appeals court upholds University of Texas admissions policy

A federal appeals court has upheld a race-conscious admissions policy at the University of Texas at Austin that was challenged by a white woman who was denied admission in 2008.

MD: Maryland governor, Obama administration sparring over immigration policies

Aides said Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley drew criticism from the White House after saying the government should not send immigrant children “to death” by forcing them to return home, a reference to the administration’s effort to speed deportations.

NY: Rail strike could cost up to $50 million a day

State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli estimated that economic activity, from tourism and small businesses to Broadway shows and restaurants, would be hit hard by a work stoppage on the Long Island Rail Road.

FL: Florida legislature will not appeal redistricting ruling

State legislative leaders said they want to wait until after the 2014 elections to redraw the congressional map that was deemed unconstitutional.

CA: California approves forceful steps addressing drought

California officials approved the most drastic measures yet to reduce water consumption during the state’s increasingly serious drought, including fines of up to $500 a day under some circumstances for watering a garden, washing a car or hosing down a sidewalk.

KS: Former GOP legislators, officials endorse Brownback’s Democratic opponent

More than 100 former and current Kansas Republican officials announced their support for Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s opponent, citing frustration with the governor’s policies.

NH: Vanity license plate backlog of 2,000 being processed 

After a New Hampshire resident wanted “COPSLIE” on his plate, a state Supreme Court ruling forced the DMV to adopt more specific rules outlawing sex references, illegal activity, drugs, gangs, profanity and “statements about any governmental entity that is not true.” 

OH: Some Ohio lawmakers want to keep powdered alcohol from being sold

Two state lawmakers are poised to try to keep powdered alcohol drink mixes out of Ohio stores if the federal government approves them. 

ME: Candidate’s fundraiser raises questions about gun rights position

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Michaud’s fundraiser next month with prominent national gun control advocate Gabrielle Giffords is triggering questions from Republicans about where Michaud, who has received support from the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine and the National Rifle Association, stands on gun rights.

NV: Nevada’s health care exchange still dealing with ‘a lot of errors’

Nevada’s online health exchange is still facing bugs that make it difficult for people to sign up for insurance.

NJ: Lawmaker wants to keep other states’ red light cameras from ticketing N.J. drivers

If one state lawmaker has his way, New Jersey drivers won’t have to worry about red light cameras in other states.

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