By: - August 26, 2014 12:00 am

MI: Judge lifts federal oversight of Detroit police

A federal judge ended an 11-year-old agreement that kept a federal monitor watching over the Detroit Police Department after constitutional violations were found.

CA: Cellphone ‘kill switches’ will be required in California

California became the first state to require “kill switches” on new smartphones, capping a contentious struggle in which lawmakers and police went toe-to-toe with the smartphone industry over how best to curb an epidemic of phone thefts.

IL: Governor vetoes statewide Illinois ride-share legislation

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn vetoed two bills that would have placed statewide regulations on the ride-share industry that competes with taxis, saying the bills “would have mandated a one-size-fits-all approach to a service that is best regulated at the local level.

UT: Utah grapples with toxic water from oil and gas industry

A massive stream of wastewater tainted with hydrocarbons has been flowing into Utah from oil and gas mining on Colorado’s West Slope.

NE: Governor against Nebraska minimum wage ballot issue

The ballot measure would raise the minimum wage to an hour, but Republican Gov. Dave Heineman says he wants to keep it set at the federal minimum wage of .25 an hour.

VA: Prosecutor spars with McDonnell during questioning

Former Virginia Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell faced hours of aggressive questioning at his corruption trial as a federal prosecutor sought to expose contradictions and inconsistencies in McDonnell’s account of his interactions with a wealthy Richmond businessman.

IA: Branstad backs police use of military gear

Iowa Republican Gov. Terry Branstad says local law enforcement should use discretion but should be able to have assault weapons and grenade launchers.

WA: State-hired hunters track down wolves to protect sheep

A wolf has been killed by a hunter hired by Washington, a state where the animals have been regaining a foothold in recent years after being hunted to near extinction in the early 1900s.

NJ: ‘Chris Christie slept here’ is state secret in New Jersey

The New Jersey attorney general’s office is trying to block the release of records that identify which hotels the governor stayed while traveling on state business at taxpayers’ expense.

ND: Leaders say proposed education changes too drastic

Educational leaders in North Dakota say some proposed changes in state funding could dismantle the state’s education model and force big cuts in teachers for elective classes.

FL: Governor unveils new education initiatives

Republican Gov. Rick Scott wants the Florida Department of Education to “investigate” all standardized testing and create an independent review committee to look for ways to deregulate the 67 county school boards in their selection of instructional materials.

WI: Strip club shut down using overlooked state statute

Authorities in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, used a little-known state law regulating “bawdyhouses” to shut down the city’s last strip club.

Our stories may be republished online or in print under Creative Commons license CC BY-NC-ND 4.0. We ask that you edit only for style or to shorten, provide proper attribution and link to our web site. Please see our republishing guidelines for use of photos and graphics.

Stateline staff
Stateline staff

Stateline’s team of veteran journalists combines original reporting with a roundup of the latest news from sources around the country.