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AL: Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard indicted on felony corruption charges
Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value.
WV: New West Virginia Medicaid patients arrive ‘with baggage’
With 155,000 people added to West Virginia’s Medicaid program, the state’s family practice doctors are seeing more patients whose medical care requires a complete overhaul. Many have medical treatment plans that don’t comply with program standards or are taking drugs that are not on the Medicaid program’s preferred medication list.
SC: South Carolina does better than most in receiving federal dollars
South Carolina receives .87 in federal funds for every dollar spent in income taxes, the highest ratio of any state, according to a finance website. The state ranked 12th overall in most dependence on the federal government.
ME: Millennial statehouse candidates in Maine see youth as asset
Ryan Fecteau, 22, of Biddeford, is making his first run for the House; Justin Chenette, 23, of Saco, is seeking re-election. The average age of state representatives is 55. “If we don’t step up, it will be too late,” Chenette said.
PA: Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends McCaffery over porn emails
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus P. McCaffery amid allegations that he sent pornographic emails and threatened to entangle a fellow justice in the widening scandal after vowing not to go “down alone.”
TX: First wind, now gas: tax breaks face scrutiny
After calling for an end to subsidies for wind energy production, the Texas comptroller will soon release a report that could rekindle debate surrounding Texas’ largest incentive for natural gas producers.
LA: Billing of rape victims would end under new process
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced a plan to end the practice of billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
MA: Casino openings don’t dent lottery receipts
Casino opponents are forecasting a doomsday for the Massachusetts State Lottery if casinos are allowed to open in the state, but their predictions are not supported by the results in other large states that have introduced casinos into mature lottery markets, according to a newspaper analysis.
TN: Tennessee dialysis clinic closed over infection control lapses
Tennessee regulators have shut down a dialysis center for putting patients at risk for bloodstream infections, saying the clinic failed to follow through on a plan of correction after state officials observed several infection control violations during a January inspection.
UT: Utah plans to eliminate homelessness by 2015
Under the “Housing First” program, Utah has reduced its chronically homeless population 72 percent since 2005. Keeping a promise made 10 years ago, the Utah Homeless Task Force expects to effectively end chronic homelessness in the state by the end of 2015.
FL: Governor receives more than 90,000 petitions demanding climate leadership
The petitions call for Republican Gov. Rick Scott to cut carbon emissions and invest in solar power, actions that would help the state comply with the federal government’s proposed Clean Power Plan.
MS: Failing bridges now a mainstream concern
A Mississippi transportation official says it would take billion to repair or replace all of the bridges in the state that are in disrepair.
DE: Heroin treatment far away for many in Delaware
While heroin abuse is a bigger problem in southern Delaware than it is in the northern part of the state, services there are sparse with no state-funded detox or inpatient rehabilitation centers in the area, according to a newspaper report.
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