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UT: State university seeks .5 million in taxpayer aid for athletics recruiting
State taxpayers could end up spending .5 million next year to help Utah State University compete for the best recruits for its football, basketball and other sports teams.
ND: Lawmakers hear dentistry proposal for North Dakota’s rural areas
North Dakota legislators are considering a measure that would make the state one of the first in the nation to let dental hygienists perform some of the same procedures as dentists.
MT: Bill would give Montana employers ,000 credit for apprentices
Business and labor groups and others have united behind a bill to give employers a tax credit of up to ,000 for each apprentice enrolled in a program registered with the state.
MA: With riders at wits’ end, Massachusetts transit authority head resigns
As mass transit groaned haltingly back to life after a series of crippling snowstorms, Beverly A. Scott abruptly resigned as general manager of the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority Wednesday, taking Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration by surprise.
AL: Defiance over gay marriage ruling in Alabama headed to court
A federal judge in Alabama will hear arguments today on whether to force a local judge to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, a case with implications for dozens of counties in the state that have not granted the licenses in defiance of the U.S. Supreme Court.
KS: Kansas House committee investigates ‘decline of marriage’
A Kansas House committee has launched two days of hearings to investigate what Republican chairman Steve Brunk called the decline of marriage as an institution and to see whether the state has a role in preventing divorce.
OR: Governor has “no intention” of resigning
Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, facing a whirlwind of speculation that he would be soon leaving office under growing pressure from investigations into consulting contracts obtained by his fiancée Cylvia Hayes, said Wednesday he “has no intention of resigning.”
CA: State hospitals penalized thousands for medical errors
Ten California hospitals were penalized a total of ,000 after state health inspectors found deficiencies in care that resulted in one patient being abandoned on the side of the road to wait for transportation and another dying because a feeding tube was inserted incorrectly.
WA: Lawmakers consider way to reform psychiatric commitments
State lawmakers are looking to reform the way the state handles patients committed to a psychiatric hospital after being acquitted of a crime by reason of insanity.
MI: Governor says he’s proud of billion state budget
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s state budget spread the pain of hundreds of millions of dollars in spending cuts while modestly boosting education spending at all levels, expanding a dental program for children and strengthening the Michigan State Police.
CO: Colorado GOP pushes through “Parent’s Bill of Rights”
In a party-line vote, the Republican-led Colorado Senate gave preliminary approval to a measure designed to give parents greater control over their children’s health care and what they learn in school.
RI: State police to allow anonymous requests for public records
The Rhode Island State Police have revised a policy that will now allow people to file anonymous requests for public records. The change comes a week after The Providence Journal reported that the state police were asking all visitors to the barracks to show IDs so they can be identified and checked for warrants.
AZ: Arizona governor seeks Christian group’s aid on child welfare
Republican Gov. Doug Ducey called on members of a powerful evangelical Christian organization to “re-engage” on issues surrounding child welfare. He made the remarks a day after firing the head of the state’s Department of Child Safety and installing new leadership.
MN: Lawmakers consider warning on lottery tickets
The bill would require seven seconds of every 30-second lottery TV ad to be devoted the warnings about gambling and odds. One-fourth of space on lottery billboards would also be devoted to the warnings.
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