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VA: Virginia makes voter ID requirements more stringent
Adding fuel to an already contentious debate over voter identification laws, Virginia’s Board of Elections decided this week voters must present a current photo ID or one that has expired within the past year to cast a ballot.
IL: Quinn to send state troopers to serve fugitive warrants in city
Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has offered to send 40 more state troopers to Chicago to serve fugitive warrants, get known criminals off the street and combat the summer surge of gang violence.
FL: Studio that revived Tupac buries Florida taxpayers
The Florida visual-effects firm that featured deceased musician Tupac Shakur in a recent hologram performance left million in debt when it went bankrupt, leaving Port St. Lucie taxpayers to pay off bonds the city held for the studio building.
ND: Bills aim to ease burden on North Dakota jails
A commission appointed by the state legislature is proposing bills that would give judges more discretion and make the penalty for drug paraphernalia possession less severe.
US: billion later, high-speed rail inching along
Although Republican opposition and community protests have slowed efforts to upgrade passenger service, policy experts and members of both parties also blame missteps by the Obama administration.
LA: Bobby Jindal seeks court injunction to stop use of Common Core tests
Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s office said the injunction is needed “because of the imminent risk of irreparable harm created by the unlawful exercise of federal control of education in Louisiana.”
WI: Report: State economy in worse shape because of tax cuts
A new study by a liberal group in Wisconsin found that the state’s tax cuts have not resulted in the promised job growth.
GA: A push to improve reading levels
Georgia’s First Lady Sandra Deal, state School Superintendent John Barge and other state leaders today are launching an initiative aimed at having all students reading on grade level by the year 2020.
SC: Haley signs bill to ease restriction on solar energy
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley praised South Carolina’s recent efforts to make solar power easier to use and more affordable for businesses, utilities and homeowners.
SD: What jobs will be in demand in South Dakota?
A state analysis has found that nurses and child care workers are among the occupations that will be in the highest demand in South Dakota in the next decade.
MD: Maryland commission rules Uber is ‘common carrier,’ will face regulations
The state Public Service Commission ruled the popular ridesharing company Uber Technologies is subject to the same regulations imposed on other passenger-for-hire services.
KS: Second firm downgrades Kansas’ bond rating
A second bond rating agency, Standard and Poor’s, has downgraded Kansas’ standing because of declining revenue following massive income tax cuts.
MO: State officials say transportation needs won’t go away despite tax defeat
Missouri voters rejected a tax hike to pay for road improvements but officials say the state’s transportation system still needs fixing.
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