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LA: 7,500 laid-off New Orleans teachers lose lawsuit for back pay
The Louisiana Supreme Court has dismissed a lawsuit by about 7,500 Orleans Parish School Board employees who said they were illegally terminated after Hurricane Katrina. The estimates for how much the parish and state would have had to pay were as high as .5 billion.
MD: Court ruling upends Maryland’s sex offender registry
A total of 1,155 sex offenders have been removed from Maryland’s sex offender registry since February, most of them because of a decision by the state’s highest court. The ruling handed a victory to advocates who said the registries were unfairly punitive, but it has rankled some legislators and victims.
OR: Woman who moved to Oregon for Death with Dignity act, dies ‘as she intended’
Death-with-dignity advocate Brittany Maynard, 29, who was diagnosed with a highly malignant and aggressive brain tumor, chose to end her life Saturday by taking “aid-in-dying” medication she had received months before.
WV: Record high number of homeless children in West Virginia schools
More than 8,300 students were labeled as homeless in West Virginia last school year, an increase of about 9 percent over the year before.
ND: Proposed law requires state retention of emails
A North Dakota legislative committee has moved a proposal forward that would improve the way records and email are retained by the state university system.
MO: Ferguson no-fly zone aimed at media
The U.S. government agreed to a police request to restrict more than 37 square miles of airspace surrounding Ferguson, Missouri, for 12 days in August for safety, but audio recordings show that local authorities privately acknowledged the purpose was to keep away news helicopters during violent street protests.
KS: Close races give Kansas voters reason to turn out Tuesday
Close and critical races for the U.S. Senate, governor and secretary of state have drawn national attention and given Kansas voters resolve to get to the polls Tuesday.
OH: Kentucky, Ohio voters have few contested judicial races
Despite more than 500 judicial races in Ohio and Kentucky this fall, voters will have a choice in only about a quarter of them. The rest are uncontested.
WY: Schools or savings? Wyoming lawmakers discuss
Some Wyoming lawmakers are pushing for a more open discussion about state savings policies as the balance in the state’s rainy day fund nears billion.
TX: West Texas oil drilling frustrates some farmers
While many rural communities have eagerly welcomed Texas’ drilling boom, most of Glasscock County’s 1,251 residents would have been happier if the drillers had passed them by.
WI: Lawmaker seeks authority for state to discipline assessors
A Wisconsin legislator plans to introduce legislation that would give state regulators new authority to discipline local property assessors for negligence or incompetence.
CO: Colorado Republicans, once seizing gay marriage as an issue, now shrug
Just two years ago, Colorado’s House Republican leadership felt so strongly about fighting off legal recognition for same-sex relationships that they twice torpedoed a civil unions bill.The world has changed drastically since then and so has the approach by the state GOP’s standard-bearers to the once divisive topic.
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