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WA: As wind power surges, opposition grows
Wind power developers are facing growing opposition in some states as a fight swirls around efforts in Congress to extend the federal wind-power tax credit.
CA: California legislature passes three bills backed by organized labor
The Democrat-dominated legislature passed and sent to the governor three of four union-priority bills that would guarantee three days of sick leave, revise wage and safety laws for temporary workers and provide greater protection for franchise owners in disputes with parent companies.
US: States move to ensure pregnant workers get fair chance to stay on job
As a similar bill languishes in Congress, Delaware is the latest in a growing number of states and localities to pass what lawmakers call “common sense” legislation to keep pregnant women working with certain accommodations, as long as they don’t pose undue hardship on businesses.
OR: Oregon government’s workforce is growing slightly in size again
Oregon’s workforce is still down sharply from 2010, and efforts to hire minorities and veterans had mixed success.
US: Federal appeals court to review gay marriage bans in three states
Gay marriage bans in Nevada, Idaho and Hawaii will come under scrutiny today when a U.S. appeals court wades into a civil rights debate that has swept through courthouses across the country.
MO: Battle over money anticipated during Missouri veto session
Lawmakers return to the Capitol to consider overriding Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s vetoes of more than 200 separate line items, totaling million, from the .4 billion budget that took effect July 1.
TX: Perry to meet with bullet train operator in Japan
During a weeklong trip to Asia, Republican Gov. Rick Perry will meet today in Tokyo with the president of a bullet train operator involved in an effort to develop a high-speed rail line between Dallas and Houston.
PA: Despite tougher Pa. DUI laws, many repeat offenders stay on the road
Get arrested for driving under the influence in Pennsylvania, and you’re more likely to wind up back on the road drunk than in most other states.
AR: Hutchinson, Cotton to support minimum wage jump
Two Republicans in races at the top of the Arkansas ballot this fall, gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton, say they support an initiative to raise the state’s minimum wage from .25 an hour to .50 per hour by 2017.
CT: Lobster fishermen taking enforced break
For the second year, Connecticut closed the Long Island Sound lobster fishery from Sept. 8 to Nov. 28 in response to persistent declines in the lobster population. Pollution and climate change are blamed for the shrinking numbers.
AK: In Northwest Arctic, teens to lead the way in suicide prevention
For the last five years, one Alaska school district has coordinated the Youth Leaders program, training up 120 students to serve as social “captains” to teach fellow students to be leaders in their communities and to deal with social problems, like bullying, drug abuse, domestic violence and suicide.
NE: Women will remain minority in Nebraska legislature
No matter who wins in November women will still be the minority in Nebraska legislature.
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