OR: Pay-as-you-go Oregon road tax ready for test trial
Oregon is looking for 5,000 volunteers to test the program that would charge 1.5 cents per mile traveled. Participants will get rebate checks to offset the state’s 30-cents-per-gallon gas tax.
MA: Massachusetts town would be first to ban tobacco
The central Massachusetts town of Westminster would become the first community in the state, and perhaps the nation, to ban all tobacco sales. Regulators said the plan is designed to improve health, especially among the young.
AZ: Battle over Arizona education funding goes to trial
Arizona’s schools have come calling for .3 billion they say the state owes its children. Already faced with a looming billion budget shortfall, the state will try to convince a judge it can’t afford the past-due payments.
US: U.S. moves to end patchwork of policies on Ebola workers
The federal government Monday announced a new set of monitoring guidelines for people arriving from West Africa in an effort to bring uniformity to a messy patchwork of responses by states.
OH: ‘Battleground Ohio’ not that politically engaged
Ohioans tend to be proud of the Buckeye State’s perennial swing state status. But a national study shows Ohio ranks in the bottom half of politically engaged states.
ID: Idaho’s fragmented mental health system leaves many behind
While Medicaid rolls swelled after the recession, Idaho didn’t increase its spending on mental health.
US: Two inmates to be put to death in Texas, Missouri, as overall U.S. executions drop
Two inmates convicted of murder as teenagers are scheduled to be put to death today and early Wednesday at a time when the number of executions in the U.S. is on pace to be the lowest in two decades.
LA: Four years later, teacher job reviews still in dispute
Four years after Louisiana authorized sweeping changes in public school teachers’ job evaluations, local school districts are taking radically different approaches to the annual checks, raising questions about any purported gains.
CA: Criminal justice changes stir debate over safety
More than 5,000 state prisoners had earlier releases this year because of federal court orders, legislation signed by the governor and a recently approved state ballot initiative.
RI: Hispanics could make difference in state election
Rhode Island is one of 12 states where the percentage of eligible Latino voters “is larger than the current polling margin’’ between the leading candidates for governor, according to a new report.
NM: New Mexico court to hear death sentence appeals
New Mexico’s only two inmates facing possible execution want the state Supreme Court to declare their death sentences unconstitutional because capital punishment was abolished after their convictions.
SC: Woman sues to use wife’s name on driver license
A woman who says South Carolina officials refused to let her use her wife’s family name on her driver’s license has filed a federal lawsuit, another in a string of recent cases challenging the state’s same-sex marriage ban.
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