By: - August 5, 2014 12:00 am

OH: Poor Ohioans often find illegal jail time tough to fight

Poor Ohioans who are jailed for failing to pay court debts often find it difficult to do anything about it, although so-called “debtor prisons” are unconstitutional.

MD: Despite 2012 law, casino interests and Maryland candidates remain intertwined

Critics say the sizable contributions tied to one casino owner’s interests show the flaws in a 2012 law banning casino owners from making donations to political candidates.

TX: Two California companies will get almost million in incentives to move to Dallas

Two San Diego firms—a software company and a fleet management company—will get close to million in city and state incentives to move almost 1,500 jobs to downtown Dallas.

PA: Philadelphia schools could get a cash advance

Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signaled that he was willing to advance millions of dollars in state education money to Philadelphia schools to ensure that they open on time next month, after legislators failed to vote on a -per-pack cigarette tax to help fund the city schools. 

US: Behind Toledo’s water crisis, a long-troubled Lake Erie

Pollution concerns persist about tides of phosphorus in the Great Lakes and in waterways across the U.S., including inland lakes from Minnesota to Nebraska to California, and even in the glacial-era kettle ponds of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.

NJ: State Supreme Court rules rap lyrics off-limits as evidence in some crime cases

The court said rap lyrics filled with visceral images of gang violence can’t be used as evidence of guilt unless they have a “strong nexus” to the crime being charged. 

IL: Budget cuts prompt a dozen Illinois historic sites to pare schedules

Visitors to some state-run historic sites, such as Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, will have fewer days a week to access them starting later this year. 

SD: Sentencing reforms cut prison crowding but shift burden

South Dakota’s policy of trying to keep certain types of felons out of state prison has resulted in more of them ending up in county jails.

OK: State senator wants federal earthquake task force

A state senator and an Oklahoma petroleum geologist have called for a federal task force to develop a statewide emergency plan in response to the ongoing earthquake swarm.

ND: Sex offenders rise with oil boom

Police say the influx of workers moving to North Dakota because of the oil boom has brought an increasing number of sex offenders to the state. 

CA: New state budget emphasizes funding for education

California’s newest budget package of billion includes large increases for education, pays down debts and proposes a 32-year plan to fully fund the teachers’ pension system.

MN: Republican candidate for governor would freeze minimum wage

Businessman Scott Honour said he would undo the minimum wage measure that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law earlier this year.

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