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TN: Uninsured still rely on faith-based clinics even after ACA


Christian nonprofits have had to make major transitions because of a sputtering economy and changes brought about by the Affordable Care Act.

CA: Assembly OKs smartphone ‘kill switch’ bill


Pushing aggressively ahead of other states, California moved closer to requiring that all new smartphones come equipped with a “kill switch” that renders the device useless if stolen or lost.

NC: Gov. McCrory signs $21.1 billion budget bill


Republican Gov. Pat McCrory signed a budget bill giving teachers and state employees significant raises for the first time in several years.

WI: Funding shortfalls deny state aid to 41,000 eligible Wisconsin college students


More than 41,000 Wisconsin students didn’t get need-based financial aid because of a state funding shortfall, a legislative report has found.

ME: LePage says state should take children from drug abusers who won’t do rehab


They just don’t care for their kids,” Republican Gov. Paul LePage said in a radio interview. “If we are bending over backward to get them into rehab, and they don’t want to go into rehab, what kind of environment are they giving their children?”

WA: State Supreme Court rules psychiatric boarding unlawful


The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care centers because there isn’t space at certified psychiatric treatment facilities is unlawful.

WV: West Virginia wants $1.8 million from firm that spoiled water supply


The state of West Virginia is seeking $1.8 million from the bankrupt company that spilled chemicals that contaminated tap water for 300,000 people in January.

KS: Kansas lone state with big increase in uninsured, survey finds


Kansas is the only state in the nation to see its uninsured rate increase significantly in the past year, a new Gallup poll shows, while states that adopted optional parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines.

HI: Governor signs emergency proclamation in anticipation of cyclones


Hurricane Iselle will be a threat to the state through late Friday. Hurricane Julio is a few days behind Iselle and may impact the islands as soon as Sunday.

NJ: Bacon v. NJ Department of Education court case: Could it be the next ‘Abbott’?


A long-standing suit brought by 20 rural districts demanding equitable state funding is coming off the back burner.

IL: Court sacks Bears ticket-pricing practice


A state appellate court sacked a ticketing practice used by the Chicago Bears that enabled the football team to duck paying a portion of Cook County’s amusement tax.

TX: State Struggles to Launch Energy Efficiency Program


A plan to provide low-income Texans with the tools to help them interact with “smart” meters and improve energy efficiency at their homes has been stuck in a bureaucratic limbo with no end in sight.

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