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TN: Gay couples’ hopes now rest with U.S. Supreme Court

Local couples see a silver lining in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals decision Thursday allowing gay marriage bans in Tennessee, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. The ruling increases the chances the U.S. Supreme Court will finally weigh in.

IA: Governor says transportation funding will be priority in 2015

The time is right to change – and likely raise – Iowa’s fuel tax to pay for needed road and bridge improvements, newly re-elected Republican Gov. Terry Branstad said.

AR: Hutchinson: No decision on private-option approach until January

Republican Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson declined to commit to an approach regarding Arkansas’ private-option Medicaid expansion, which will require a three-fourths supermajority in the state House and Senate to continue its funding. The private option extends insurance coverage to adults with incomes of up to 138 percent of the poverty level.

NV: Work already underway to set up Nevada Court of Appeals

The morning after voters approved creating an appeals court in Nevada, more than 100 inquiries had been made about applying for the three new judgeships. The new panel may begin considering cases as early as January.

CA: Pot proponents look to California after victories in Oregon, Alaska and DC

Pot supporters are aiming to ask voters in the nation’s largest state to legalize marijuana for recreational use in 2016, hoping to draw on a more liberal and larger electorate during a presidential election to help them avoid a repeat of their 2010 failed pot measure.

OH: Ohio lawmakers to change death penalty injections

State lawmakers say they plan to revise Ohio’s lethal injection procedure by the end of the year. Ohio has been struggling to settle on an execution method, as many pharmacy companies have refused to sell drugs used for lethal injection.

VT: Governor takes stock after not winning majority vote

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said he plans to take stock of his priorities for the next legislative session after he won just 46 percent of the vote, only 2,095 votes ahead of Republican Scott Milne, who has not conceded.

AL: State among tops in nation in providing health insurance to children

Alabama has done a better job than all of its Southern neighbors and ranks among the top fifth in the country in providing health insurance to children, according a new study.

MD: Maryland lacks authority to execute its death-row inmates

Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler said the state does not have the legal authority to execute the four men who remain on death row following the legislature’s decision last year to abolish capital punishment. The legislation did not apply to people sentenced to death before its passage.

MN: Party-hopping voters drove Minnesota’s results

The ticket splitters who jumped across political parties on their ballots determined the outcome of some key races. For the statewide offices, they chose all Democrats. For the Minnesota House, they went for the GOP, picking individuals over party.

FL: After close loss, Charlie Crist reflects on what might have been

Crist is convinced that his chance for victory slipped away when Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his wife wrote four checks last month for .8 million to buy one last blast of negative campaign ads in a dead-heat race.

WA: Medical marijuana oversight lacking

As the recreational-pot market develops, a growing number of Seattle medical-marijuana businesses are operating in a legally gray, loosely regulated space.

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