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MD: Maryland governor tightens rules on federal immigration requests
Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley has imposed strict new rules to limit when the state may hold immigrants in Baltimore’s jail at the request of federal authorities, dealing a new blow to a national program intended to catch people who are in the country illegally.
OH: Ohio judges authorize themselves to carry weapons without permit
In an apparent first for an appeals court, the judges authorized themselves to carry concealed handguns both inside and outside the 14 county courthouses where they conduct their sessions.
LA: Louisiana gay marriage ban upheld by federal judge
A U.S. district judge affirmed Louisiana’s ban on gay marriage, breaking a string of 20-plus court victories for supporters of same-sex marriage since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down part of the federal Defense of Marriage Act last year.
NY: Cuomo under pressure to pick New York winners in saturated casino market
Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo is playing a game of chance with his plan to buoy the upstate economy with four Las Vegas-style casinos out of a pool of 16 bidding for the spots. Choose wrong, and the casinos could crash in a market that was fatal to four gambling halls in Atlantic City.
ME: Gulf of Maine warming faster than 99 percent of world’s oceans
Imagine Maine without lobsters or a view of the state’s famous rocky coastline, obscured by constant high waters. Scientists say it’s already starting to happen. The culprit is the warming seas — and in particular the Gulf of Maine, where waters are heating up faster than 99 percent of the world’s oceans.
MO: Governor lifts state of emergency in Ferguson
The move by Missouri Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon may end the possibility of a special prosecutor in the Michael Brown shooting.
NV: A guide to Nevada’s big deal with Tesla
News leaked out Wednesday that Nevada beat out four states to win Tesla’s $5 billion lithium battery factory.
AR: Minimum-wage proposal lands on ballot
A measure to gradually raise Arkansas’ minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017 was approved for the November ballot, giving Democrats an issue to use to turn out the vote in an attempt to prevent a Republican sweep of statewide offices.
RI: Spending by Democratic candidates for governor tops $10 million
Heading into the final days of a 2014 Democratic gubernatorial primary race that may set a new state record for campaign spending, the three leading combatants have spent more than $10 million on their bids to win their party’s nomination for the job held by one-term Democratic Gov. Lincoln Chafee, who is not seeking reelection.
WV: State revenue improves, but still short
Although state tax collections remain about $18.8 million behind expectations for the year, August proved to be a better month than July for revenue. But West Virginia still missed anticipated tax collections by about $1.3 million for August.
CA: California dreamin’: a million electric vehicles in 10 years
An ambitious bill in California would steer carbon taxes into the lofty goal of putting 1 million electric vehicles on the road in the coming decade.
MI: Judge orders mediation in suit over Detroit’s water shutoffs
A federal bankruptcy judge declined a request for a temporary restraining order to block the city from shutting off water to customers for unpaid bills. Instead, he sent the dispute to mediation and scheduled a hearing for Sept. 17.
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