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LA: Federal government forgives million in disaster loans to Louisiana, Mississippi communities
Two bills backed by the entire Louisiana and Mississippi delegations in Congress allowed 95.5 percent of the Katrina-related federal disaster loans to be written off, nine years after the storm.
MO: Governor names former St. Louis police chief to Missouri’s top enforcement job
If Daniel Isom is approved by the Missouri Senate, he will be the only African-American in Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s cabinet. But Nixon rejected any link between recent unrest in Ferguson and Isom’s appointment.
CA: Governor triples funding for California film tax credits
The move would increase funding to million a year over the next five years, substantially more than the million the state currently allocates.
AZ: Court will hear Arizona Medicaid appeal
The Arizona Supreme Court has agreed to hear Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s appeal of a lower court decision that could unravel the Medicaid expansion she fought for last year.
IA: Ex-Iowa state senator faces prison after pleas in campaign case
Former Iowa state Sen. Kent Sorenson faces up to 25 years in prison after he admitted in federal court to concealing payments he received in exchange for defecting from one presidential campaign to another ahead of Iowa’s 2012 caucuses and then obstructing an investigation into the incident.
UT: Audit finds Utah fund padded numbers, downplayed costs
Utah’s Fund of Funds, a quasi-public entity that has invested more than million in business startups, has overstated the returns on its investments, downplayed the costs of doing business and lacks transparency, according to an audit.
MD: Federal auditors sought documents related to troubled Maryland health exchange launch
Federal auditors last month asked Noridian Healthcare Solutions, the company fired by Maryland officials after the disastrous launch of the state’s health insurance exchange, to turn over documents related to the troubled project.
TX: Local debt climbs as Texas cities deal with growth
Texas cities, counties and school districts are relying more on debt to maintain services in a fast-growing state.
NC: McCrory facing pressure to call special session over incentives
Pressure is building for Republican Gov. Pat McCrory to call a special legislative session to pass economic incentive measures aimed at sealing the deal with companies considering locating in North Carolina.
CT: Governor announces Brownfield cleanup work
Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced million in grants and loans to 20 brownfield remediation and redevelopment projects in Connecticut cities and towns.
RI: Coalition calls on governor to allow undocumented driver’s licenses
A coalition of community groups demanded that Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee issue an executive order that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses.
WA: Three decades later, Stillaguamish finally get reservation
Twenty-eight years after beginning the process, the Stillaguamish Tribe finally has a reservation.
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