Editor’s Picks From Around the Web
MS: Lawlessness permeates Mississippi prison system
Mississippi’s prison system is plagued by gang violence and corruption, a news investigation has found.
AK: Alaska National Guard scandal adds pressure to election
A federal investigation into the Alaska National Guard details shocking abuses, and now Republican Gov. Sean Parnell is on the defense about what he knew and when just weeks before election day.
US: Obamacare enrollment: Second year even tougher challenge
States and the federal government aim to renew coverage for 15.3 million already signed up on exchanges and Medicaid — and enroll about 10 million more who are currently uninsured.
TN: Lawsuits says state lost control of TennCare
A lawsuit filed by advocates on behalf of Tennesseans whose health insurance applications got backlogged says delays in the computer system, staffing and policy decisions led to chaos and lost applications by the state’s Medicaid program.
CA: California voters may send fewer criminals to prison
Voters will decide Nov. 4 whether to transform several lower-level, nonviolent felonies into misdemeanors punishable by brief jail stays, rather than time in a state penitentiary, scaling back the country’s most stringent three-strikes law.
NJ: New Jersey lawmaker tries to limit new bills by introducing a new bill
Calling the thousands of sometimes frivolous bills introduced by his colleagues a waste of money, state Assemblyman Anthony Bucco introduced a bill that would limit state senators to being the top prime sponsor on just 25 bills or resolutions per two-year session, and keep Assembly members to just 15 bills.
WV: West Virginia’s state supercomputer hitting some turbulence
The state’s new supercomputer system, which was designed to allow vendors to more easily conduct business with the state, is experiencing some bumps in the road following an expansion this summer.
SD: Will voters boost patient care or drive up cost?
South Dakota voters will decide in November whether to change the way they pick their doctors and pay for health care.
TX: Student interest in fixed-rate tuition varies
This fall semester, for the first time, all public universities in Texas were required to offer incoming students the option of a payment plan that fixed their tuition at a particular rate for four years. But student interest has proved mixed.
NM: Charter school with no building prompts challenge
A charter has stayed open with ‘experiential’ programs and field trips since its building was closed by the state, but now faces legal challenges based on attendance laws.
WI: In governor’s race, the governor’s the main issue
Unlike most governors’ races coming up this fall, in Wisconsin, there aren’t many undecided voters, as most either love or hate the incumbent.
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