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ME: Maine voters will consider $85 million in transportation bonds

The issue will be on the November ballot. Most of the money from the transportation bond would go toward building or rehabilitating highways and bridges.

NH: New Hampshire governor shoots down concealed gun bill

Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan vetoed a bill that repealed the licensing requirement for anyone who wants to carry a concealed handgun in New Hampshire. Currently, people must get a permit from a local law enforcement official to carry a concealed pistol or revolver.

WI: Wisconsin could loosen labor rules on 7-dav work week

State law currently requires a day off during every week worked at manufacturing and retail jobs and the only way around that is to get approval from the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development. But that could change so employees could work seven days a week.

IA: Iowa’s Branstad defends vetoing one-time school funding

Republican Gov. Terry Branstad vetoed spending $55.7 million on Iowa’s public schools, saying he had told lawmakers he was opposed to using one-time money on ongoing expenses because it’s bad budgeting practice.

US: Odds are you won’t like this Powerball story

The 36 states that participate in the multistate lottery are making it harder to win the top prize, but increasing the odds of winning a little money.

OK: Oklahoma governor urges prison policy change

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin told the state Board of Corrections to amend its policy in a way that could allow some of Oklahoma’s most serious offenders to get out of the state’s overcrowded prisons months earlier for good behavior.

VA: More than 2,000 rape kits go untested in Virginia

Many of the more than 2,000 rape kits left to languish in police departments around Virginia should have been submitted for testing but weren’t, according to an audit ordered by the legislature.

NJ: New Jersey lawmaker wants to start lottery to pay for student loans

A New Jersey Assemblyman has proposed legislation that would create a lottery in which the spoils would pay off the winner’s student loans. If the winning amount exceeds a student’s loan debt, the remaining funds would be awarded to others.

KS: Kansas public employee unions fear loss of numbers with new law

Public employee unions in Kansas say they are concerned a new law, which gives state agencies more flexibility to move employees’ positions from classified to unclassified service, will further reduce their membership and the job protections that come with it.

LA: Funding feud simmers between four-year and two-year colleges in Louisiana

Community college leaders say state money has been distributed to “keep doors open” at four-year colleges, which have seen declining enrollment, at the expense of two-year schools, which have seen explosive growth in fields targeted toward the state’s workforce demands.

FL: Florida’s free juice will continue to flow

Republican Gov. Rick Scott may have vetoed funding for the free cup of citrus juice served at Florida’s official welcome centers, but the juice isn’t going away. The Florida Department of Citrus says the juice is so important that it will find a way to pick up the tab.

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