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NY: Cuomo to ban fracking for natural gas in upstate New York
Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo said New York plans to ban the drilling of natural gas upstate after a four-year review by his staff determined it would threaten public health and yield far fewer jobs than projected.
US: Executions in U.S. at 20-year low
Amid growing concerns about how executions are carried out in the U.S., the 35 executions of prison inmates this year was the lowest number since 1994, the Death Penalty Information Center said in a report released today.
WV: Four owners, operators indicted in West Virginia chemical spill case
Four former chemical company executives have been indicted on federal pollution charges over a January spill that triggered a ban on drinking water for days for 300,000 West Virginia residents.
FL: Bill aims to give Florida collectors of pricey art a tax break
Art collectors would not have to pay any Florida sales tax on signed works they purchase directly from the artist under a proposed bill aimed at stimulating art sales and preventing investments in art from being taxed twice.
AZ: U.S. Supreme Court clears way for Arizona dreamers to get driver’s licenses
The U.S. Supreme Court will allow young Arizona immigrants or “dreamers” to get driver’s licenses, after denying Republican Gov. Jan Brewer’s request for a stay of an appeals court ruling.
MD: Maryland offers guidelines to handle drugs for cancer, rheumatology disorders
A state health department work group has developed a set of standards for how drugs to treat cancer and rheumatology and blood conditions are dosed and controlled, perhaps serving as a national model.
ND: North Dakota could lose billions in oil tax revenue with low oil prices
Republican Lt. Gov. Drew Wrigley says North Dakota could lose billions of dollars in revenue if oil prices continue to drop.
MA: Budget shortfall larger than estimated says taxpayer group
A massive million shortfall, larger than previously estimated, will confront Republican Gov.-elect Charlie Baker when he takes office next month, potentially forcing him to make unpopular cuts, the Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation said. The estimate was vigorously disputed by aides to Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick.
IA: DOT chief: Crumbling Iowa roads need money
The condition of Iowa’s roads will be a major issue in the coming legislative session.
ME: Maine will require medical marijuana patient ID cards
State officials said the new ID requirement in the Maine Medical Use of Marijuana Program will increase security for patients and deter fraud.
MO: Governor’s job-cut claims to downsize government might not be as they appear
Many of the 4,800 positions cut since 2009 already were vacant when eliminated, and many were cut without Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon’s input.
SC: Haley says lawyer-legislators should disclose South Carolina agencies they sue
Republican Gov. Nikki Haley said her top ethics priorities include income disclosure for elected officials and independent investigations into ethics complaints.
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