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By: - September 5, 2014 12:00 am

AZ: Nearly 6,000 Arizonans could lose Affordable Care Act coverage over immigration status


Counselors and outreach workers who help consumers secure Affordable Care Act coverage are making a last-minute effort to reach 5,700 Arizona residents who must resolve questions about their citizenship or risk losing their health insurance.

PA: Report blames coal ash for cancers at Pennsylvania prison


The high rate of cancer among inmates at a southwestern Pennsylvania prison is linked to a nearby coal ash dump, and the correctional facility should be closed down, according to a report.

NY: For New York legislators, indictments are no obstacle to seeking re-election


In most lines of work, an indictment can be a professional death sentence. Among New York state legislators, it seems, many have come to view it as a bump in the road.

MA: Coakley maintains wide lead in primary race


A final poll before Tuesday’s Democratic primary shows Martha Coakley maintaining her strong lead for governor over Steve Grossman and Donald Berwick, but in the race to succeed Coakley as attorney general, Maura Healey has surged out of a dead heat with Warren Tolman to claim a 15-point lead.

VT: State officials urge dairy farmer program signup


Vermont’s top agriculture officials are urging the state’s dairy farmers to enroll in a new price protection program which enables dairy farmers to protect themselves from low prices. It is part of the new federal Farm Bill.

AR: Darr repays $10,973 owed to state


Former Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr reimbursed Arkansas $10,973 for improper expenses during his time in office, including $9,836 in improper mileage reimbursements and the use of a state travel card to purchase $1,137 in personal items.

TX: West Texas solar plant comes online


Less than eight months after breaking ground, the company constructing one of the state’s largest solar plants says it has begun harnessing West Texas’ intense rays. The 200-acre project sits a region better known for its prolific oil production.

NE: Ex-prison official sees ‘structural breakdown’ in inmate sentencing calculations


A Nebraska special legislative committee begins examining what led to the early release of state inmates caused by a breakdown in the way sentences are calculated.

OK: State releases investigation on controversial execution


In the wake of a botched execution, Oklahoma officials recommend better monitoring of the intravenous site where deadly drugs are administered.

AK: Alaska Natives wait… and wait, for health law exemption


Up to 50,000 Alaska Natives and American Indians in Alaska are excused from the Affordable Care Act health insurance requirement. But they have to apply for that lifetime exemption, and the federal government is mishandling many of their applications. 

NM: New Mexico jails face litigation on ‘ICE holds’


County jails across New Mexico have been warned of potential litigation on behalf of inmates who are kept in custody for no other reason than a request by federal immigration authorities.

MS: Mississippi back on top of obesity rankings


Despite Mississippi’s efforts to improve the health of its residents, the state once again had the nation’s highest rate of adult obesity last year, according to a new report.

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