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WI: Divided court upholds Wisconsin’s voter ID law
Wisconsin’s Supreme Court has upheld the state’s voter ID law, making it less difficult for people to get ID cards without having to pay government fees.
PA: Philadelphia schools funding imperiled
The Pennsylvania House has canceled a vote on a new cigarette tax for Philadelphia, casting doubt on whether the city’s schools will be able to open on time in September.
TX: Texas Medicaid changes could increase access to contraceptive devices
Texas women who receive state-financed health services may have easier access to contraceptive products, including intrauterine devices and hormonal implants, under changes to the state’s Medicaid program.
LA: Governor wants details on 1,000 immigrant children relocated to Louisiana
In a letter to President Barack Obama, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal said not knowing the location of over 1,000 immigrant children — many of whom are probably from Central America — will impede the state’s hurricane preparation.
IN: Indiana the best at earning tourism dollars
The Indiana tourism office gets a better return on its investment than any other state. In fiscal 2012-2013, it had .3 million to spend marketing the state and took in more than .3 billion in tourism revenue.
CT: Many domestic violence restraining orders in Connecticut never get served
The state’s system of providing restraining orders to protect domestic abuse victims is plagued by serious problems.
NJ: Christie: New Jersey bail system in “crisis”
In a rare special legislative session, Republican Gov. Chris Christie Thursday urged lawmakers to reform bail laws to deny bail to the worst offenders and release those accused of minor crimes who can’t make bail.
SD: Lawmakers work on tightening conflict of interest rules
South Dakota legislators are trying to draft legislation that would stop some former state employees from diverting state funds for personal gain.
MA: Massachusetts more liberal than you may think
A new poll shows voters consistently side with left-leaning policies over more conservative ones, although just a third consider themselves liberals.
TX: Texas school marshals: armed and covert
Texas is training its first class of school marshals in a bid to ensure a quick response to life-threatening situations in schools. Some critics question the concept.
KS: Low turnout forecast for Kansas primary elections
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicts a low, 22 percent turnout of the state’s more than 1.7 million registered voters in Tuesday’s state primaries.
ID: Hit the brakes on red? Not necessarily
You may have seen vehicles in Boise apparently ignoring traffic signals. But they may not be breaking the law.
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