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VA: McAuliffe to announce Virginia ethics commission

Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe will announce today the formation of a commission to study ethics, campaign-finance reform and nonpartisan redistricting in Virginia, less than a month after former Republican Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife were convicted of corruption.

NM: Report faults New Mexico on mental health services

A legislative report says the state has done a poor job of providing mental health and substance-abuse services for needy New Mexicans despite repeatedly overhauling government programs during the past two decades.

US: GOP error reveals donors and the price of access

An unintended disclosure of documents from the Republican Governors Association opens a window onto corporate donors and the size of their checks.

OH: Appeals court: Early voting in Ohio can start Tuesday

A federal appeals court upheld an order from an Ohio judge that expands the swing state’s voting schedule this fall and allows early ballots to be cast next week.

LA: Feds open civil rights investigation of New Orleans public school closures

The U.S. Department of Education has opened an investigation into charges that the Recovery School District’s policy of closing and chartering New Orleans public schools violated the civil rights of African-American students.

KS: Seven Kansas agencies told to evaluate efficiency

The Kansas Division of Budget told seven state agencies to evaluate whether they can operate more efficiently, and the governor’s office said the directive is not related to the state’s projected budget shortfall.

AR: Arkansas sees ad blitz for state race

Arkansas’ candidates for governor, attorney general, the legislature and other state offices have spent nearly .1 million to run more than 16,700 ads in the state—a 486 percent increase over 2010.

TX: State agency drops plan to allow alcohol sales with gun sales

Following unexpected opposition from gun rights organizations, the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission dropped proposed rules changes that would have allowed alcohol sales alongside gun sales.

MI: Democrats asked to end online absentee ballot program 

The state is urging the Michigan Democratic Party to suspend a new program that lets voters apply online for absentee ballots, saying would-be voters are being disenfranchised close to the Nov. 4 election.

VT: Shumlin says anti-opiate campaign ‘exceeds expectations’

Nine months after declaring war on opiate addiction, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said the progress made by the program since January “exceeds my wildest expectations.” The number of people in treatment increased from 1,704 to 2,519.

CA: Governor signs telehealth streamlining bill

The legislation, one of several health-related bills Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law last week, will make it easier for rural patients to use technology to get medical advice and treatment plans from physicians in urban settings.

DE: Most Delaware grads not ready for college math

A new state education report found that more than half of the public school students in Delaware are not prepared for college math.

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