By: - November 5, 2014 12:00 am

US: Republicans hold top two prizes in governor races

Republicans won the two most intensely followed, high-stakes governor’s races of the year as Rick Scott of Florida and Scott Walker of Wisconsin won re-election Tuesday, part of a sweeping tide of GOP victories in governors’ races. With Republican control of a majority of legislatures, the party was left in firm control of the nation’s state capitals.

MA: Measure to repeal casinos fails

Voters emphatically upheld the state’s three-year-old casino law, making a bet that the casino industry can change the luck of two struggling cities and put thousands of people to work.

PA: Foes of Paterno firing play role in Corbett loss

Throughout Tuesday, members of a group called Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship donned Penn State gear and went to the polls to vote against incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett in protest over how he dealt with the university and its legendary football coach, Joe Paterno, in connection with the child sex abuse case against coach Jerry Sandusky.

US: Voters OK legal marijuana in Oregon, Alaska and Washington, D.C.

Residents of Oregon, Alaska and the U.S. capital have voted to legalize marijuana, in key victories that could fuel the legalization movement as cannabis usage is increasingly recognized by the American mainstream.

CA: Voters OK changes to state rainy day fund

California will overhaul its rainy day fund to pay down more debt and provide a bigger buffer against future state budget shortfalls under a measure resoundingly approved Tuesday by voters.

TN: Tennessee abortion measure passes

The passage of Amendment 1 has no immediate effect on abortion policies in the state, but it will give lawmakers far more power to enact abortion regulations and restrictions.

WI: Voters approve state transportation fund amendment

The referendum, which passed by a 4-to-1 margin, asked voters if they wished to create a clause in the Wisconsin Constitution that says money generated from using roads, airports, harbors and the like must be used exclusively for transportation.

TX: First responders face new shale challenges

The shale boom has led to more traffic accidents and chemical spills in communities facing the bulk of the oil and gas drilling. That means more work for understaffed emergency response units.

KS: Federal judge rules Kansas’ ban on gay marriage unconstitutional

Kansas same-sex couples took one step closer to the altar Tuesday when a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing its ban on their marriages. Republican Attorney General Derek Schmidt said the state will promptly appeal.

OH: Ebola watch ends for Ohio residents

A 21-day watch on Northeast Ohio residents who came in contact with a Texas nurse diagnosed with Ebola has ended, with none of them showing signs of the deadly disease

UT: Utah Supreme Court upholds adoption law

The Utah Supreme Court ruled that to establish paternity, unwed biological fathers must file a sworn affidavit saying they are able and willing to support their child. Otherwise, they cannot object to an adoption, the court said.

IA: Iowa government salaries up .7 million

A new state database shows Iowa state government salaries rose 2.3 percent in the last year, with the Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy employees making the greatest average salary: ,258.

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