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NY: States stand firm on Ebola quarantines despite White House pressure
The governors of New York and New Jersey Sunday stuck to new plans to quarantine health workers returning from countries with Ebola epidemics, despite pressure from the White House, but said people could stay at home while in isolation.
WI: Police working to keep sex offenders home on Halloween
Police and parole agents in Wisconsin are teaming up to make sure that the state’s 5,000 registered sex offenders remain at home on Halloween night.
MD: Baltimore homeowners lose property for just in unpaid taxes
The threshold is far lower than in other cities, according to a new report that urges a change in the practice.
DE: ‘Phantoms’ bloat Delaware voter rolls
Tens of thousands of former residents and dead voters are still listed on Delaware’s voter rolls, even though many names have been purged in recent years.
NE: Miscalculated terms for parole violators bedevil Nebraska prison system
At least 500 more Nebraska felons were set to be released from state custody too soon, in addition to hundreds already released early due to sentence miscalculations.
RI: Police officers collecting ballots may have worked for Cianci
Rhode Island State Police are pursuing an allegation that the two men who asked residents at the state’s biggest homeless shelter to hand in their mail ballots – and in one case, asked for a blank ballot – were Providence police officers working for the mayoral campaign of Independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci, Jr.
TX: Texas hospitals need better communication for diseases like Ebola, officials warn
Texas hospital officials want better communication and coordination among all levels of health authorities, standardized protocols and greater access to protective gear to deal with infectious diseases such as Ebola. But achieving that will require changes to state public health policy and greater flexibility in how hospitals and public health officials use public money.
ID: Idaho doctors, lawmakers debate Medicaid expansion
At an informal meeting, physicians and the Idaho Medical Association argued in favor of expansion to those whose incomes are up to 133 percent of the poverty level. One legislator said that the percentage was way too high.
KS: Feds block Kansas’ plans to reduce high school testing
Federal education officials have blocked a Kansas plan to let high school students skip state mathematics and English tests and instead focus on college entrance exams and career-oriented tests.
WV: Reports of sexual assaults up in West Virginia jails, prisons
Reports of sexual assault have increased at jails and prisons in West Virginia, but punishments for perpetrators haven’t increased with them.
TN: Woman fights TennCare to stay in her home
Angela Hibbitt relies on 20 hours of daily nursing care to maintain her independent lifestyle, but she says Tennessee’s Medicaid program is trying to institutionalize her to cut costs.
OH: Ohio looks to overhaul 911 system
A state committee is assessing the feasibility of bringing the state’s 325 individual 911 call centers onto one Internet-based network.
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