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CA: Napa earthquake: California’s early warning system worked
The alert 10 seconds before the earthquake hit Sunday was the biggest test yet in the Bay Area of an early-warning system that’s not yet available to the public in the U.S., but already is providing precious seconds of notice before quakes hit in Mexico and Japan.
MO: Missouri lawmakers plan Ferguson committee
Republican House Speaker Tim Jones plans to appoint a bipartisan committee to look into the fatal police shooting of Michael Brown Aug. 9 and Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s response to it.
DC: Washington, D.C. defense attorneys want juveniles unshackled in court
Advocates and defense attorneys are calling on Washington, D.C.’s Superior Court to end the practice of routinely shackling incarcerated youths during court proceedings and to instead use the restraints only when a juvenile is deemed to be a risk.
US: Pentagon struggles to defend ‘militarization’ of police forces
In the wake of the Ferguson, Missouri, shooting, a Defense Department program that provides surplus military equipment to police departments across the country was under fire for contributing to the “militarization” of local police departments.
ND: North Dakota pharmacy measure approved for ballot
North Dakota voters will decide in November whether to allow big box retailers to sell prescription drugs in their stores.
WI: Billionaires, Green Bay Packers, state agencies on unclaimed property list
More than $440 million in cash is being held in Wisconsin’s unclaimed property program, including money owed to the Green Bay Packers.
DE: Power line route remains in dispute
Officials from the region’s grid management company, environmentalists and power transmission companies are arguing over how to strengthen the electrical reliability of nuclear power plants across the Delaware River.
GA: State lottery fights federal proposal to outlaw online gaming.
Even as Republican Gov. Nathan Deal was courting casino mogul Sheldon Adelson’s support, his administration has been engaged in a quiet lobbying campaign against federal legislation backed by the billionaire that would restrict online gambling.
NC: NAACP appeals ruling to let 2014 elections proceed under new voting rules
The NAACP has appealed a federal judge’s decision to allow elections to proceed under the sweeping changes made to North Carolina voting laws in 2013.
TX: Attorneys struggling to help migrants navigate legal system
Texas immigration lawyers are scrambling to coordinate representation for the thousands of Central American migrants who have crossed into Texas illegally.
KS: Kansas takes defense of its voter registration law to a federal appeals court
A federal appeals court will hear arguments on whether the federal government or states such as Kansas and Arizona have authority to regulate voter registration. Each side contends the U.S. Constitution supports its position.
AK: Alaska Cannabis Club hopes to provide access to medical marijuana
The new Alaska Cannabis Club has one main goal: to provide medical marijuana patients with a safe, legal means of procuring the marijuana they are entitled to possess under state laws. It’s uncertain whether it will be able to do that under state laws restricting the sale of marijuana.
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