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AL: Bad roads cost drivers $3.1 billion each year

Deficient roads and bridges, traffic delays and the lack of “desirable” safety features cost the average Alabama driver $1,600 per year, a nonprofit transportation research group found.

NC: North Carolina reins in tax incentives for movie companies

North Carolina is eliminating one of the nation’s most extensive programs for awarding tax breaks to film companies, in a retreat from a race among states to lure Hollywood productions.

WI: Wisconsin judge rules building, sanitary permits not burden for Amish

The judge decided Amish families must get smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes as state law requires, even though they don’t use electronic devices.

VA: U.S. Supreme Court puts gay marriage on hold in Virginia

The U.S. Supreme Court has blocked same-sex marriages in Virginia, as the justices consider hearing appeals on whether state laws banning the ceremonies are unconstitutional.

CT: New England economic growth slowest in Connecticut, Maine

Since the end of the recession in 2009, the Connecticut and Maine economies have grown by 3 percent. The Massachusetts economy, the largest in New England, expanded by 11 percent.

LA: Louisiana to proceed with Common Core tests

Louisiana’s public elementary and middle schools will use the Common Core test for English and mathematics after a Baton Rouge judge lifted Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal’s freeze of a key testing contract.

UT: Deal protects land near scenic Book Cliffs, allows other drilling

A long-awaited federal agreement will protect remote southern reaches of the Uintah and Ouray Indian Reservation from development and, at the same time, will let the tribe and state partner on oil and gas ventures to the north.

TX: Texas’ nuclear waste dump poised to get wiggle room

Texas’ only radioactive waste dump is about to get permission to dramatically expand its capacity, take in new types of waste and reduce its financial liability should its owner suddenly close up shop.

CA: Legislature approves ban on forced sterilizations for inmates

The measure banning forced sterilization of inmates in California was introduced in response to a 2013 report that found at least 148 cases of female inmates who had received tubal ligations in violation of prison rules.

AK: Odds of infant death higher in remote villages

Alaska Native babies in small, remote villages die at twice the rate of Native infants in cities, new research from the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium shows.

IL: Court rejects referendum bid to limit Illinois state lawmakers’ terms

GOP gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner’s bid to get a referendum before voters in November to limit state lawmakers to eight years in office lost in appellate court.

MI: Detroit public schools emergency loan and deficit reduction plan approved

The state’s Emergency Loan Board approved a $111 million loan to financially troubled Detroit public schools Wednesday, the same day the state Department of Education approved the district’s deficit-reduction plan, which could lead to more school closures and another wage cut for school employees.

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