TX: Hundreds of children wait in cages at Texas border
Inside an old warehouse in South Texas, hundreds of children wait in a series of cages created by metal fencing. One cage had 20 children inside. Scattered about are bottles of water, bags of chips and large foil sheets intended to serve as blankets.
RI: Rhode Island budget deal opens door to sports betting
After state leaders struck a deal with Rhode Island’s top gaming companies to share new gambling profits, House lawmakers approved a .6 billion state budget for the year starting July 1 that would legalize sports betting.
DC: Tipping the pay scales: D.C. initiative could shake up restaurant culture
An initiative about pay for restaurant workers could shake up the relationship between customers, workers and restaurant owners in the District of Columbia’s thriving dining scene. It also is a fight that extends beyond the nation’s capital, playing out in statehouses, city halls and polling places around the country.
DE: As health insurance costs rise, Delaware may look at expanding Medicaid access
The Democratic Senate majority leader in Delaware, Margaret Rose Henry, has introduced a resolution that would allow the state to consider a Medicaid buy-in program. A study group would analyze an insurance model for people who make too much money to qualify for Medicaid but can’t afford health insurance.
MA: Marijuana shops in Massachusetts may be cash only
The first stores licensed to sell recreational marijuana in Massachusetts should be open in a few weeks. But anyone hoping to buy weed might have to leave the plastic at home and bring some cash instead. Not a single financial institution in the state has stepped forward to say it will provide banking services to marijuana companies.
AK: Alaska’s secretive parole board has wide discretion
Alaska’s secretive parole board has the power to let almost any inmate out of prison years before their sentence is up. It has never been busier: Last year, the board held 629 discretionary parole hearings. Previously, the average had been 179 a year. New prison reform efforts give inmates credit for “good time.”
IA: Iowa Supreme Court ruling reduces government liability for road safety
A recent Iowa Supreme Court decision involving a 2013 car accident on a northwest Iowa county road could make it more difficult for citizens to hold city, county and state officials responsible when people are hurt as the result of unsafe road conditions.
SC: South Carolina corruption reform goes nowhere
Another year, another lack of movement on ethics reform in the South Carolina Legislature. Despite a yearslong investigation into Statehouse corruption, lawmakers still did not approve or even seriously consider new laws to strengthen the state’s ethics requirements this year.
OH: Ohio workers’ comp expects to save with new contract
The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation is dumping its pharmacy benefits manager of more than a decade and hiring a new one after discovering the bureau was overcharged millions for prescription drugs.
NY: New York state to lead a new offshore wind effort
A new group lead by New York state will be funded with an .5 million grant from the federal Department of Energy to bring together energy researchers, utility companies and other states to discuss ways to improve the development and utilization of offshore wind.
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