CA: Massive power outage as California struggles to prevent fires
Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said large-scale power outages in northern California were frustrating but necessary to prevent more wind-driven wildfires sparked by power lines. Utilities are struggling to prevent deadly wildfires that plagued the state last year.
FL: Florida begins arming teachers as large districts rebuff effort
Teachers in seven Florida county school districts will soon be locked and loaded thanks to a state law enacted this month that provides schools with the option to allow teachers to carry concealed guns. But 60 other districts including the state’s largest ones have not approved the idea.
AZ: Arizona leads nation in West Nile deaths
Arizona had 16 of the country’s 35 deaths from West Nile virus, mostly in the Phoenix area, and officials are trying to figure out why such a dry climate produced a mosquito-borne illness outbreak. State officials advised residents to use mosquito repellent and avoid stagnant water outdoors.
ID: Declining tax revenue could lead to Idaho deficit
Tax receipts in Idaho are million short of projections, creating a potential million deficit without spending cuts, according to new state estimates. Republican Gov. Brad Little has asked all state agencies to limit spending increases and cut back if possible ahead of next year’s legislative session.
NH, MA: New Hampshire vape shops see rush after Massachusetts ban
Stores in New Hampshire see their share of Massachusetts customers looking to escape the state sales tax or age restrictions on tobacco products. Sales have also increased since Massachusetts banned the sale of vaping products.
MI: Michigan’s medical chief says youth addiction made flavored vaping ban necessary
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, testified that youth vaping had become a health emergency, making a ban necessary because children were becoming addicted to nicotine. Khaldun testified for the state in a lawsuit by vaping stores seeking to overturn the ban.
WI: Wisconsin Assembly to vote on veto changes
Proposed rules would give Republican Wisconsin lawmakers an unlimited number of attempts at overriding vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
WA, NY: Washington, New York top list of states for measles outbreaks
Washington is second only to New York among states with the most people infected by measles so far this year amid the biggest national surge in cases in more than 25 years. Of the Washington cases, 66 of the 88 affected never got a vaccine, and five got only one of the two required to develop immunity. New York recorded 914 cases.
MN: 2020 fight for Minnesota Senate control will focus on just a few seats
In an election expected to be dominated by presidential politics, Minnesota’s two biggest parties will be spending a lot of time and money on the few races likely to decide control of the state Senate.
KS: This small Kansas town will give you free land
Many rural communities are struggling. But some are finding creative ways to grow. In Marquette, Kansas, city leaders developed a way to bring new residents inside the city limits by giving them a free plot of land to build on.
GA: Georgia judge denies opioid companies’ attempt to stop state lawsuit
A judge has denied the attempts of companies tied to Georgia’s opioid crisis to stop the state’s lawsuit against them. Georgia, under Republican Attorney General Chris Carr, sued more than two dozen opioid-makers and distributors.
NY: New York to sue over Lake Ontario flooding
New York state will sue the International Joint Commission over Lake Ontario flood damage that critics blame on the binational agency’s water level management policy. The state will seek compensation for damage to homes and businesses on the shore.
NM: New Mexico drops financial incentives for teachers
New Mexico has discontinued financial bonuses for top-rated teachers of up to ,000. They were devised by former Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is planning a new system with less emphasis on student test scores.
NV: Nevada ex-prisoners look forward to voting for the first time
A Nevada law automatically restored the voting rights of people who had been released from prison, without any conditions, enabling them to register to vote. About 77,000 ex-prisoners are affected.
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