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LA: Louisiana sues U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for billion cost of restoring wetlands
Louisiana contends the wetlands were destroyed during the maintenance and operation of the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet navigation channel, which was open from 1965 to 2007.
OH: Ohio has no jurisdiction over tweets, judge rules
A federal judge ruled the Ohio Elections Commission can’t crack down on tweets, even if those 140-character messages include false political information.
TX: Responding to quakes, Texas tightens disposal well rules
Texas regulators tightened rules for wells that dispose of oilfield waste, a response to the spate of earthquakes that have rattled North Texas.
MO: U.S. Supreme Court stays execution of Missouri inmate
The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday night temporarily blocked the execution of condemned triple-killer Mark Christeson less than three hours before he was to die. The appeal, brought by three St. Louis University law professors, focused on the failure of his attorneys to file for federal review of his convictions and sentences.
US: Lobbyists, bearing gifts, pursue attorneys general
State attorneys general have become the object of pursuit by lobbyists who use campaign contributions, personal appeals and other means to sway investigations or negotiate favorable deals.
OR: Oregon’s gas price drop steepest in nation
Oregon’s gas prices, which dropped 48 cents in a month, may not be America’s cheapest, but they’re falling faster than anywhere else.
TN: Tennessee archivists search for Civil War memorabilia
Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tennessee State Museum will record and digitize Civil War memorabilia owned by local residents.
MS: State claims new lab wasn’t up to handling biohazards
Mississippi is suing the architects and designers of a new million public health lab, saying it wasn’t able to contain biohazards and infectious diseases. Redesign and retrofitting, estimated to have cost million, caused a two-year delay in the Department of Health moving into the new lab, the state claims.
ND: North Dakota might change rules on state-owned photos
A North Dakota tourism official says the rules governing state-owned videos and photos used to promote the state may need to be amended to ban their use for political purposes. Currently, the material is available to anyone under open records laws.
MN: Health exchange compiled with ‘most legal requirements,’ auditor finds
The report found the state’s beleaguered health exchange did not have adequate controls over marketing costs and did not comply with some of its board policies and Minnesota laws.
HI: Lava expected to cut off Pahoa polling place
The state estimates that the advancing volcanic lava flow will force about 2,000 voters to move to a different voting location.
KS: Kansas voters to decide on raffles
Kansas voters will vote Tuesday on a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow nonprofit, religious, charitable, fraternal, educational or veterans organizations to operate raffles as fundraisers. Only the state can do that now.
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