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US: Outrage over EPA emissions regulations fades as states find fixes
Despite dire warnings from several governors and members of Congress, many states — including coal-industry stronghold Kentucky — are on track to meet the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s goals for cutting pollution from coal-fired power plants.
NH: New Hampshire governor proposes tax compromise
In a proposed compromise to end a budget stalemate, Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan unveiled a plan that would cut business taxes while increasing New Hampshire’s cigarette tax 21 cents and raising car registration fees to pay for them.
US: Costly to treat, hepatitis C quietly gains across the country
An estimated 3 million people have hepatitis C, with a sharp increase in reported cases among young adults in Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. Drug treatments, which can lead to liver failure, are very costly for state Medicaid programs.
US: Some ‘sanctuary cities’ motivated by fear of lawsuits
Some cities actively thumb their noses at federal immigration policies, refusing to detain immigrants that entered the country illegally — not so much out of moral obligation but because they fear they’ll be sued for jailing them.
MD: Maryland governor upbeat after chemotherapy
Republican Gov. Larry Hogan says that the tumor in his neck that led to the discovery of his cancer has shrunk considerably after two rounds of chemotherapy — a sign, the Maryland governor said, that he is responding well to treatment.
TX: In Texas jails, hanging is most common cause of suicide
Texas county jails see 1 million bookings a year, and inmate deaths are rare. But of the 502 deaths in county jails since 2009, nearly a third of them — 140 — were by suicide. And most of those suicides were by hanging.
WI: Wisconsin seeks to exempt more projects from environmental analysis
Wisconsin’s Department of Natural Resources proposes expanding the list of construction projects that don’t need an environmental review for their possible effects on air and water quality — a move that has angered environmental groups.
PA: Pennsylvania ‘good Samaritan’ bill aims to help children in hot cars
Under the ‘good Samaritan’ proposal, Pennsylvanians who break car windows or forcibly enter a vehicle to help an unattended child would be protected from legal penalty. Last year, 31 children died from vehicular heat stroke in the U.S.
NV: Unfilled state jobs could delay medical marijuana in Las Vegas
Dozens of medical marijuana businesses in Las Vegas could face delays in opening because the state is having trouble filling bureaucratic posts responsible for signing off on the dispensaries’ compliance with Nevada law.
KS: Abortion foes see new reason for states to follow Kansas’ ban
Abortion opponents are using their questions about Planned Parenthood’s alleged handling of fetal tissue to bolster arguments that other states should follow Kansas in approving a ban on a common procedure for ending second-trimester pregnancies.
ME: Maine governor authorizes pay raises for his administration officials
Republican Gov. Paul LePage has approved pay raises ranging from 7.9 to 23 percent for most of the top administrators in Maine’s government. Eleven of the 12 commissioners in LePage’s Cabinet will be paid ,878 a year.
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