By: - October 24, 2014 12:00 am

ND: North Dakota ‘personhood’ ballot measure raises concerns about broader impact

Opponents of the measure say it could insert the government into crucial decisions about medical care because its broad language could apply to end-of-life care and other types of treatments as well. If passed, it would be the first such personhood law in the country.

CA: California farming community suffers as wells dry up in drought

The state’s three-year drought comes into sharp focus in Tulare County, the dairy and citrus heart of the state’s vast agricultural belt, where more than 500 wells have dried up.

OR: Oregon asked to pitch in on federal forest restoration

The state Department of Forestry is asking Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber for .5 million in the 2015-17 budget to support the work of collaboratives, which include local, state and federal leaders, as well as timber representatives, environmentalists and other stakeholders, who focus on federal forest management.

HI: Hawaii education department seeks million to cover lunch, bus programs

The Hawaii Department of Education says if it doesn’t get million in emergency funding from the legislature to cover shortfalls, school meal prices might go up and some bus routes could be eliminated.

US: Three more states ban a type of highway guardrail

Ten states have now banned the ET-Plus system made by Trinity Industries, which is suspected of malfunctioning in crashes and slicing through vehicles.

TX: Texas health commissioner: Most hospitals can’t handle Ebola

Texas’ top health official said Ebola patients should be treated at specialized care centers — a break with past federal assertions that nearly any American hospital can cope with the virus.

TN: State board says judge intervened in domestic violence case

In a rare public rebuke to a sitting judge, the state board that investigates judicial misconduct has reprimanded Davidson County Judge Casey Moreland for his intervention in a June domestic violence case that police said led to a Nashville woman being beaten and choked unconscious just a few hours after another attack by the same man.

UT: Court clears way for adoption by partners of same-sex spouses

The Utah Supreme Court lifted an order that had blocked spouses in same-sex marriages from adopting their partners’ children.

KS: Governor backs Kansas high court justices’ ouster

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has endorsed removing two justices from the Kansas Supreme Court on Election Day following rulings that overturned the death sentences of two brothers for four killings in Wichita.

ME: Report: Maine made little progress in education last year

Education Maine, a coalition of business leaders and educators, called on business leaders in the state to increase support of Maine students, with the goal of upping the percentage who graduate from high school.

AZ: Black ASU leaders seek compromise on face-paint ban

The African-American student coalition at Arizona State University that called for a ban on students painting their faces black for Sun Devils’ sporting events has told school officials that it is not asking for a ban on all face paint.

LA: Louisiana colleges ask legislature for less money than they want

Louisiana’s colleges and universities will ask for about million from the state in next year’s budget — well below what leaders say the higher education institutions should be getting from the state’s coffers, but a slight increase from this year’s funding.

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