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WV: Feds say West Virginia not equipped to handle chemical spills

West Virginia lacks a program and trained staff to handle community-wide chemical exposures like those that followed the Elk River chemical leak in January, federal public health officials say.

AK: ‘No’ votes hold narrow lead in Alaska oil tax referendum

With 98 percent of precincts counted, the effort to repeal a 2013 tax cut to encourage oil companies to spend more and boost production was losing by about 6,000 votes.

WY: Mead wins GOP primary for Wyoming governor

In Wyoming counties where GOP officials attempted to censure Republican Gov. Matt Mead three months ago, Republican voters handily helped propel him to victory in Tuesday’s primary. Mead said he always believed Wyoming voters were practical and pragmatic.

TX: Perry vows to fight ‘with every fiber’

Rick Perry struck a tight smile for his mug shot Tuesday and issued a spirited defense against charges of abusing his power, vowing “to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being.

FL: California environmentalist shakes up Florida governor’s race

A California billionaire environmentalist is pouring millions of dollars into the Florida governor’s race to buy television ads attacking Republican Gov. Rick Scott as a friend of polluters and utility companies, giving Democratic front-runner Charlie Crist a boost.

NC: Judge will weigh legality of school vouchers plan

A North Carolina judge is hearing arguments on whether it’s constitutional for tax money to be used to pay for tuition at private or religious schools.

SC: Senate studies teacher pay, recruitment programs

A new Senate panel will explore ways to attract talented teachers to South Carolina public schools and keep them there – and remove ineffective teachers more quickly.

UT: Transit authority fails to report .3 million in retirement benefits

The Utah Transit Authority erroneously omitted reporting .3 million in retirement benefits in 2013 for its employees — about a third of all employee benefits it paid.

RI: Providence charity stingy with scholarships

A charity set up by former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci to provide college scholarships to city children has amassed hundreds of thousands of dollars but gives out just a few thousand per year in grants, spending as little as 1.7 percent of its assets annually since 2008.

CA: Rights to California surface water far greater than average runoff

California over the last century has issued water rights that amount to roughly five times the state’s average annual runoff, according to new research that underscores a chronic imbalance between supply and demand.

LA: Louisiana sues State Farm for ‘unsafe and deceptive’ auto repair practices

The lawsuit says State Farm broke state laws regulating unfair trade practices and monopolies by steering consumers to preferred repaired shops.

OH: Ohio redraws rules for body-piercing, tattoos

State body piercing rules that take effect next month will restrict the use of piercing guns to earlobes and further restrict piercings for children.

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