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MD: Supreme Court case based in Maryland could have wide impact
A lawsuit brought by a Maryland man challenging the state’s contorted congressional districts will be heard this fall by the U.S. Supreme Court—where it has the potential to open a new line of constitutional attack for opponents of gerrymandering.
TX: Texas troopers ticketing fewer overall, but more Hispanics
Texas state troopers are writing far fewer traffic tickets now than five years ago, but an increasing share of them are being issued to Hispanic drivers, a Texas Tribune analysis of state data shows. The Texas Department of Public Safety says it can’t explain why that’s happening.
LA: New Orleans mayor held in contempt in firefighter case
A civil district judge held New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in contempt and gave him until Sept. 11 to come up with a plan to pay an outstanding judgment due to the city’s firefighters before imposing a house arrest sentence. The order stems from a decades-long legal battle centered on state-mandated raises.
NE: New Nebraska law protects underage drinkers who call for medical help
The law protects Nebraska minors from legal consequences such as a minor-in-possession charge when they call for assistance for themselves or a friend who has had too much to drink.
MT: Montana Republican leaders want primaries closed to remove moderates
Leading Republican lawmakers want to strike down a state law allowing voters to participate in any party primary, regardless of party affiliation, saying in court documents that closing Montana’s primary elections would help keep moderates out of the Legislature.
MO: No money to repair Missouri’s bridges may mean closures
The Missouri Department of Transportation says it doesn’t have the money to fix or replace hundreds of bridges around the state, and some spans must be closed rather than risk carrying traffic.
WY: Online schools on the rise in Wyoming
Many students across Wyoming are choosing virtual classrooms over physical classrooms. Wyoming has two statewide online K-12 schools that students from any county may enroll in. The larger of the two schools enrolls 563 students.
UT: Utah system tries to learn a hospital’s costs
The linchpin of the University of Utah Health Care effort is a computer program—still a work in progress—with 200 million rows of costs for items like drugs, medical devices, a doctor’s time in the operating room and each member of the staff’s time.
NJ: New Jersey unions strong despite participation drop
New Jersey has lost more than 153,000 union workers since 2000, but those who remain still earn significantly higher salaries than other workers.
WA: Governor to decide fate of Washington tribe’s embattled casino plan
Gov. Jay Inslee has the final say on whether the Spokane Tribe of Indians can build a big casino resort complex in a Spokane, Washington, suburb. The off-reservation project is opposed by many of the city’s business leaders and the Kalispel Tribe.
IL: Chicago to offer ticket, tax amnesty program
Faced with pushing through City Council a massive property tax increase and other fees as part of a 2016 budget, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is offering an amnesty program for people who have unpaid tickets and owe the city back taxes.
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