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OR: Backers of modified foods labeling measure in Oregon file lawsuit
Backers of Oregon’s ballot measure to require labeling of genetically altered foods, which failed by a margin of 812 votes, have filed a lawsuit claiming that the failure to count about 4,600 ballots disenfranchised voters. They accuse the state of rejecting valid ballots that show no evidence of fraud.
DC: Congressional spending deal blocks pot legalization in D.C.
The spending deal reached between top Senate Democrats and House Republicans to fund the federal government through next September blocked the voter-approved ballot measure that would have allowed the District of Columbia to legalize marijuana.
US: Test-tube births underreported by states, study finds
The number of test-tube babies born each year in the U.S. is underreported by states, a new federal study found, complicating efforts by researchers to understand the risks associated with pregnancies resulting from in vitro fertilizations.
TX: Abbott plans to add billion to Texas road funding
Through a mix of existing gas, sales and energy taxes, Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott wants to channel more money into building and maintaining Texas roads, trimming back the state Department of Transportation’s billion annual revenue shortfall.
WI: Wisconsin voucher programs march toward 30,000 students
Nearly 30,000 Wisconsin students are receiving private-school tuition vouchers, making it one of the leading states in students attending private schools with taxpayer subsidies.
OH: Ohio Senate approves rules loosening concealed-weapons permits
The legislation would reduce training requirements, expand recognition of out-of-state licenses and allow the use of noise suppressors on firearms while hunting birds. The bill now heads back to the Ohio House for a final vote.
UT: Utah will have another million to spend thanks to spike in growth
Utah’s economy is booming again, growing at a clip that will provide legislators and Republican Gov. Gary Herbert more additional money to spend than they have had since 2007, before the economy collapsed.
MS: Governor creates human trafficking task force
Republican Gov. Phil Bryant is creating a task force on human trafficking that will work to strengthen Mississippi’s laws.
SD: Shopping online could make you a criminal
South Dakota tax officials are encouraging residents to pay the state sales tax required for online purchases, although few do.
LA: Louisiana gets break from ‘No Child Left Behind’ rules
The U.S. Department of Education said Louisiana, which received a waiver from the No Child Left Behind education law in 2012, has implemented reforms that go above and beyond the law’s requirements.
SC: South Carolina Transportation Commission approves roads plan
The plan projects South Carolina will need to spend another billion during the next quarter century on roads, money the state does not have.
KS: Kansas casinos provide million economic benefit
The three state-owned casinos in Kansas contributed million to the state’s economy and supported about 4,000 jobs in 2013, according to a new study.
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