Top State Stories 10/1
NY: Women running at record levels in New York
This year at least 105 women, many first-time candidates, are running for legislative office in New York as Democrats and Republicans — a record for the state and an increase of about 19 percent from two years earlier, according to a Times Union review of filings with the state Board of Elections.
ND: North Dakota Native Americans appeal voter ID ruling
Attorneys representing a group of Native Americans challenging North Dakota’s voter identification laws filed an emergency appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court.
CA: California first to require women on corporate boards
California has become the first state to require publicly traded companies to include women on their boards of directors, one of several laws boosting or protecting women that Democrat Gov. Jerry Brown signed.
US: Why mayors are rallying around the Mississippi River
For communities from Minnesota to Louisiana, the Mississippi is the source of increasing problem flooding, but it’s also the key to a clean water supply and a healthy economy.
SC: Disaster aid slow to reach South Carolinians hit by floods
With their homes still underwater or already sprouting mold, many South Carolinians will look to the federal government for relief from the slow-motion disaster caused by Hurricane Florence.
MA: Massachusetts’ secret courts exposed
Every year, tens of thousands of Massachusetts cases wind up in secret court sessions that are presided over by court clerks and usually held for suspects who haven’t been arrested and don’t pose a danger to others.
TX: Texas city finds fault in police mental health practices
An audit found that Austin, Texas, police officers did not receive continuing mental health training after earning certifications as mental health officers, that dispatchers did not immediately send mental health officers, and that the department doesn’t track and review crisis intervention incidents.
RI: Hemp will be cropping up on Rhode Island farms
Beginning Oct. 9, Rhode Island farmers can apply for a state license to grow hemp — a non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana — as part of a federal research pilot program.
VA: Virginia’s coming Medicaid expansion gives some free clinics a tough choice
One by one, Virginia’s 63 free medical clinics are deciding whether to change their business models and accept Medicaid in three months, when nearly 400,000 additional Virginians will become eligible.
CO: U.S. attorney in Colorado to focus pot enforcement on dispensaries
In an aggressive new tactic, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Denver, Colorado, says it’s shifting its marijuana enforcement from busting illegal grow operations to targeting dispensaries that use their licensed businesses and legal grows as fronts for the more lucrative illegal drug trade.
OH: Ohio fund to help the poor is rich
Ohio’s fund to help the poor is rich. More than 20 years after Ohio imposed work requirements on welfare recipients and limited cash assistance to 36 months, caseloads have plunged to historic lows, helping the state’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families fund balloon to million, according to a new report.
WI: Teen elected to Wisconsin Legislature
Next year, a 19-year-old Milwaukee Democrat will become the youngest person to serve in the Wisconsin Legislature, after he prevailed in a five-way primary election with no Republican challenger.
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