By: - June 27, 2018 12:00 am

US: States sue Trump administration over family separations

New York, California, and fifteen other states led by Democratic attorneys general have sued the Trump administration to force it to reunite the thousands of immigrant children and parents it separated at the border, as pressure mounted to reconnect families more quickly.

VA: Court strikes down Virginia gerrymandering

A panel of federal judges in Virginia has concluded that 11 state legislative districts were drawn in a way that discriminates against African-Americans and must be redesigned by the end of October.

OK: Oklahomans say ‘yes’ to medical marijuana

Country music legend Merle Haggard would have been amazed. Soon not only are there likely to be Okies smoking marijuana in Muskogee. Some will be doing it with the legal approval of the state. Oklahomans voted to approve the state-sanctioned use of medical marijuana.

KS: Kansas conservatives blast court’s ruling on school funding

Calls for a state constitutional amendment to restrain the Kansas Supreme Court are growing louder after the justices ruled again that lawmakers are not adequately funding schools. Conservatives called the decision an example of judicial overreach and moved to make the court’s power a campaign issue.

WV: West Virginia governor calls for impeachment of top judge

Republican West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice called for a special session “relating to the removal of one or more Justices of the Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia.” Lawmakers would not say who they thought could be impeached.

CO: Colorado county limits information-sharing with feds

In Colorado, Boulder County commissioners approved a new policy prohibiting public employees from providing federal immigration agents any records or information regarding residents’ citizenship status without a warrant.

ID: Judge rules against wildlife-killing plans in Idaho

A federal agency’s justifications for killing coyotes, mountain lions and other predators in Idaho to protect livestock and other wildlife such as elk violate environmental laws because they lack a scientific review, a federal court has ruled.

AZ: Arizona to take over dysfunctional school district

The Arizona State Board of Education voted to appoint a receiver to oversee a low-income Phoenix school district amid a .2 million spending deficit that publicly unraveled years of tension within the community and mismanagement in the district.

CA: California to have highest-paid governor

The pay raise approved by the California Citizens Compensation Commission raises the governor’s salary to ,680 and state legislators’ base salary from ,242 to ,459.

AK: Alaska will ban mandatory tip pooling

New state regulations will prohibit Alaska employers from forcibly redistributing tips among workers. The regulations, which become effective June 29, do not change existing state laws that require all employees to be paid at least minimum wage (.80 an hour) before tips are calculated.

PA: Pennsylvania OKs new college saving grants for newborns

Pennsylvania is starting a program to provide college savings accounts for newborns, beginning with a grant. The program will be open to any child starting next year who is a Pennsylvania resident at birth or adopted by a Pennsylvania family. Parents will be notified about the account.

KY: Kentucky public universities face tough financial future

Kentucky’s nine public universities face a tough future because of worsening state budget cuts, growing pension obligations, and a shrinking number of high school graduates who will struggle to afford the fast-rising tuition, according to a new report from Moody’s.

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