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UT: Utah seeks ways to end cycle of poverty as a family tradition

A new report details how the state Department of Workforce Services tracks impoverished children at risk of remaining in poverty into adulthood to gain a greater understanding of the phenomenon.

CO: Colorado subsidy causes some of state’s ‘day care deserts,’ providers say 

Statewide, a complex collision of economic factors makes it hard for child care providers to keep their doors open. Providers say one factor is Colorado’s daycare subsidy program, which pays them below-market rates for low-income children.

CA: California phasing out single-use plastic bags in stores

California is the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on plastic bags, after 127 cities and counties in the state, including the city of Los Angeles, adopted local bag ordinances.

TX: Solar manufacturer ramps up production in Texas

Texas’ biggest solar panel manufacturing plant is now fully operational. The plant is part of San Antonio’s effort to transition away from coal-fired power generation and make Texas the national leader in the solar industry.

LA: Central American immigrant children will cost Louisiana’s schools at least $6.9 million

Louisiana public school systems will spend at least $6.9 million this year to educate almost 1,400 unaccompanied immigrant children, according to state and federal data.

MD: Marijuana possession now a fine in Maryland

Starting today, you can no longer be arrested in Maryland for possessing a small amount of marijuana. But how the rest of that interaction with police plays out might depend on what jurisdiction you’re in.

NM: Planning starts for regional water system

Figuring out how to build a regional water system in the Pojoaque Valley north of Santa Fe could finally determine the extent of Indian water rights after 45 years of disagreement among federal, state, county and pueblo governments.

KS: Kansas revenue $23 million below projections for the quarter

Kansas has collected $23 million less than expected in the first three months of the fiscal year, likely fueling debate over Republican Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts.

FL: Governor weighs in on Florida prisons’ troubles

The Florida Department of Corrections has been under fire for allegations of inmate abuse and management problems. Republican Gov. Rick Scott said he is aware of the problems, and that his corrections chief is taking care of it.

NC: New laws on drones, coal ash and taxes take effect today

There’s a difference between drones and the remote-controlled airplanes hobbyists enjoy. So notes a new law that firms up the definition of drones for statewide regulation.

ME: Governor urges federal regulators to fast-track pipelines

With electricity prices expected to climb sharply across New England this winter, Republican Gov. Paul LePage asked federal regulators to address natural gas supply bottlenecks, and again criticized Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, a Democrat, for not supporting gas pipeline development in that state.

MS: Group files petition for ballot initiative to legalize marijuana

The ballot initiative would legalize cannabis for adults to own as much as they wish, to use as they wish, just like alcohol or cigarettes.

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