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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.
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