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CA: Federal judge rules California death penalty unconstitutional
A U.S. District judge ruled that decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether condemned inmates will ever be executed violate the Constitution’s ban on cruel or unusual punishment.
CO: Effort to avoid vote on fracking falters in Colorado
Efforts by leading Colorado Democrats to head off a costly and divisive election-year fight over oil and gas drilling appeared to crumble as Democratic Gov. John W. Hickenlooper came up short on support to pass a compromise law giving local towns more control over fracking.
NC: North Carolina lawmakers nearing agreement on Medicaid management
The North Carolina House and Senate are moving closer to agreeing on a Medicaid plan that will reward providers for meeting patient health goals and penalize them financially for cost overruns.
IL: Tollway test zone may pave way for smartphones to pay tolls
Illinois Tollway motorists will be used to help test new technologies, including using smartphones to pay for tolls.
GA: New ethics memo roils Georgia governor’s race
New revelations surfaced in a long-standing ethics investigation of the incumbent Republican Gov. Nathan Deal.
UT: Utah asks Supreme Court to stay ruling on recognizing gay marriages
Utah’s attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court for an emergency stay of an order by an appeals court to recognize 1,300 same-sex marriages performed in the state pending an appeal.
TX: Little traction on improving air quality in Dallas-Fort Worth
The Dallas-Fort Worth region boasts a growing economy larger than that of many countries, but it also sports some of the worst air quality in the nation.
LA: LSU hospital privatization deals cost less than expected
In the last fiscal year, Louisiana spent million less than was budgeted for Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s privatization plan for the Louisiana State University’s nine hospitals and their clinics that provide care to the uninsured.
PA: Convicted of crimes, they now have plaques under their portraits
Shiny new golden plaques were quietly placed below the stately portraits of once high-ranking legislators that hang along the Capitol’s hallways. Those plaques now identify lawmakers convicted of crimes.
MN: Property taxes down, with help of state aid, credits
A report by a nonpartisan legislative office shows that property taxes would have risen million without the aid and credits, but new property tax and renters’ credits will more than offset the increases.
KS: Kansas teachers see new school finance law as mixed blessing
Public school teachers welcome raises that a new school finance law provides, but worry it also strips them of administrative appeals before they can be fired.
OH: Ads in Ohio governor’s campaign pitched at working class
Political ads indicate support among the blue-collar and union workers could be key to the fall election that pits Republican Gov. John Kasich against Democratic challenger Ed FitzGerald.
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