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MA: Feds order Massachusetts to fix food stamp procedures

Massachusetts last year became one of the first states to require food stamp cards to include photos of recipients, but the new program has created such confusion that the federal government is demanding that the state quickly fix the problem.

LA: Fast-growing program responsible for huge hole in Louisiana budget

Louisiana’s inventory tax refund program, approved by the legislature in 1991, is responsible for a massive hole in the state’s budget that totaled million last year. And the number is growing rapidly.

MT: No room at Montana prison; state corrections system overwhelmed

A spike in criminals convicted of violent crimes is exacerbating a growing problem of crowding at Montana State Prison.

KY: Mitch McConnell plots strategy with Kentucky GOP state lawmakers

Incoming U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell met privately with about 35 Republican members of the Kentucky House to begin plotting the GOP’s next attempt at taking control of the state’s lower chamber.

AK: State says problems need fixing before Medicaid expansion moves forward

Alaska’s new Republican Gov. Bill Walker has made expanding Medicaid a top priority of his administration, but two major problems within the existing system must first be fixed. Those problems are much worse than initially thought, the new Department of Health and Social Services commissioner said.

OH: More than 30,000 Ohio kids abused, neglected

More than 30,000 children are involved in a child abuse or neglect case, more than 82,000 women are physically assaulted by an intimate partner and more than 105,000 seniors are abused or neglected in Ohio each year, a new report found.

WV: Republicans now have veto power in West Virginia

Republicans, who have taken control of the legislature for the first time in 80 years, will have veto power over Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin. West Virginia is one of a few states that require only a simple majority to override a governor’s veto of policy bills.

ID: Idaho has top proportion of immigrants eligible for deportation relief

The Gem State leads the nation in the percentage—about 62 percent—of immigrants who could be eligible for deferred deportation.

TX: Texas prisons make family visits easier

The Texas prison system is making it easier for family members to visit loved ones behind bars, hoping to strengthen social networks inmates need when they are released.

TN: Tennessee immigration evolution spurs Obama visit

The president’s pick of Nashville to deliver remarks today on the polarizing immigration issue recognizes the state’s fast-growing immigrant population and its defeat of a divisive English-only initiative at the polls.

WI: Senior care a ‘ticking time bomb

At least two dozen assisted-living home residents in Wisconsin’s 15 largest counties have died after mistakes or mistreatment by caregivers over a two-year period, a newspaper investigation has found.

SD: Governor’s proposed state budget looks inward

Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard has reshaped his proposed budget to focus on South Dakota’s liabilities, debts and red tape.

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