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MO: Missouri transportation sales tax defeated
It’s back to the drawing board for Missouri lawmakers after voters rejected a sales tax increase that would have provided .4 billion dollars over the next 10 years for road and bridge repairs.
KS: Brownback, Davis plunge into tense campaign showdown in Kansas
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s predictable primary victory marked the official launch of the Republican’s campaign against Democratic nominee Paul Davis.
MN: Governor tells Minnesota agencies: Hire more workers with disabilities
Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton said the directive is needed because of a dramatic drop in the percentage of state workers with disabilities.
UT: Utah files same-sex marriage appeal with U.S. Supreme Court
Utah became the first state to file a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to decide the issue of same-sex marriage.
NJ: Permanent funding source for open-space, historic preservation makes New Jersey ballot
Voters will consider a constitutional amendment that would establish a new, stable source of funding to provide at least million annually for preservation of open space, farmland and historic structures.
CA: Bill would ban website fees for mug shot removal
A cottage industry that profits from posting mug shots, and then charging embarrassed people fees to remove them, is facing increasing scrutiny as California moves to make the practice illegal.
ME: Governor unveils tougher anti-distracted driving campaign
Republican Gov. Paul LePage wants to ban drivers from using a cellphone or other device that cannot be operated hands-free. He also said he would like to see punishments shift from fines to license suspensions.
VT: Exonerated murder convict sues Vermont law enforcement agencies
A New York man who spent nearly 18 years in prison for killing his wife in Vermont before his conviction was overturned by new DNA evidence has filed state and federal lawsuits against the police and prosecutors who built the case against him.
NM: 186,000 voters asked to update registration info
The Secretary of State’s office is telling the voters to update their voter registration information or face being dropped from voter rolls in 2017.
OH: More than 130 potential rapists identified in Ohio initiative
State crime lab investigators in July found more than 130 DNA matches with potential rapists as part of the state’s rape kit testing initiative.
TX:Texas eased rules for housing immigrant child
Overwhelmed by the arrival of thousands of unaccompanied immigrant children, the state of Texas relaxed its standards for the shelters that house them, easing rules governing how much space each child needs and what kind of facilities they should have.
NH: Catherine Gregg, wife of one governor; mother of another; dies
Catherine Warner Gregg, who would have turned 97 next week, was the widow of former Republican Gov. Hugh Gregg, serving as New Hampshire’s first lady from 1953 to 1955. Her son, Judd Gregg, was a Republican congressman, governor and U.S. senator.
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