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NE: With pot legal in Colorado, western Nebraska police appeal for help
Lawmen asked the Nebraska legislature for help to identify drug-fogged drivers and to stem growing marijuana access and use by young people, as they outlined the impact on Nebraska of Colorado’s legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use.
US: million for 34 states to boost Obamacare enrollment
The money, $7 million less than awarded last year, will help people in states that rely on the federal government fully or in part for their Affordable Care Act insurance exchanges. States with their own exchanges have separate funding to get consumers assistance.
VA: McAuliffe proposes limited health care expansion for Virginia
Facing a Republican-dominated legislature averse to Medicaid expansion, Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe unveiled a more limited plan to expand health services that would provide coverage to only about 20,000 of the estimated 400,000 who would be covered if Virginia expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.
IA: New Iowa penitentiary remains empty because of repair work
Plans to move Iowa’s most dangerous inmates to a $132 million new Fort Madison state prison are six months behind schedule and counting as contractors struggle to fix a troubled geothermal heating and cooling system.
NM: Judge rules New Mexico public defense system broken
A state judge found problems when it comes to funding the defense of those who can’t afford their own lawyers.
AZ: Flooding prompts governor to declare statewide emergency
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer announced a statewide emergency in Arizona for areas affected by the heavy rainfall and flooding.
UT: Utah ranchers ask state not to sell land for prairie dogs
Proponents say a proposal to expand a prairie dog sanctuary on state trust lands in Wayne County could ensure survival of the rodent and increase Utah’s permanent school fund by $1 million dollars.
WV: State investment portfolio has good year
While West Virginia’s tax collections have struggled in the past couple of years, the state’s investment portfolio grew by more than $2 billion in 2013-2014.
TX: Natural gas fueling stations surge in Texas
Texas now has 104 natural gas fueling stations, nearly 50 more than it had last year, and 67 more stations are set to open in 2015.The growth is thanks in part to the millions of dollars in grants the state has doled out in recent years.
AR: State’s private option enrollment keeps growing
More than 194,000 people have enrolled in the Arkansas’ Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents. Arkansas was the first state given federal approval to use Medicaid dollars to buy private health insurance for poor residents.
ME: State overpaid for school iPads
A Maine consultant says the state overpaid computer-maker Apple $12 million compared with Los Angeles for a contract for exactly the same iPad device and similar number of users. Los Angeles got a 43 percent discount, while Maine got only a 14 percent markdown on the devices.
MA: Two big gambling firms compete for Massachusetts casino license
The gaming commission, which could award greater Boston’s sole casino license this week, is considering a $1.3 billion Mohegan Sun Massachusetts facility at Suffolk Downs in Revere and a $1.6 billion Wynn Resorts casino in Everett.
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