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ME: Maine governor will use Medicaid surplus for nursing homes
Republican Gov. Paul LePage will use a surplus in his Medicaid program to provide .1 million in additional funding to the state’s 106 nursing homes.
MD: Maryland, city working toward shelter for immigrant children
State and Baltimore officials are working with federal authorities to identify a shelter in Maryland for Central American children crossing the U.S. border after at least four potential sites fell through, including one that was opposed by Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley.
AK: Alaska’s volatile state revenues make it hard to plan for future
A new study says Alaska has the most volatile state revenues in the nation, with income fluctuating more than twice as much as that of its nearest rivals, which are often other natural resource states.
OH: Ohio considers using drones to patrol state prisons
Ohio may become the first state to use aerial drones to patrol state prisons.
NY: Transit strike averted, tentative contract deal reached
A threatened strike on New York’s Long Island Rail Road was averted when the transit authority and labor unions reached a tentative contract deal, bringing relief to thousands of riders who had been dreading a painful commute.
DC: penalties for marijuana go into effect in U.S. capital
A new District of Columbia marijuana law elicited stern warnings from the local police but good cheer from many Washingtonians.
US: Montana, Wyoming among states with high risk for earthquakes
A new federal earthquake map, updated for the first time since 2008, dials up the shaking hazard for about half the U.S., and lowers it for nearly a quarter of the nation.
ND: million going into Legacy Fund
North Dakota anticipates depositing million into its rainy day fund before the month’s end.
TX: Driver program relies on lender fined by feds
Texas is steering people who want to make cash payments on traffic violation surcharges to a payday lender that last week settled with a federal agency over illegal debt collection tactics.
LA: State Police board launches investigation on law change
The Louisiana State Police Retirement System is investigating a last-minute law change that boosts the retirement pay of the head of the Louisiana State Police and another trooper.
GA: Record lottery profits for HOPE, pre-K programs
Another year, another record for the Georgia Lottery as it announced million in profits for the recently completed fiscal year to benefit the state’s HOPE scholarship for college students and prekindergarten programs.
CO: Baker appeals order to provide gay wedding cakes
A suburban Denver businessman has appealed an order from the Colorado Civil Rights Commission that requires him to prepare wedding cakes for gay couples.
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