OH: Thousands more Ohio children have lost health insurance
In Ohio, nearly 12,000 more infants, toddlers and preschoolers were without coverage in 2018 than two years earlier. Advocates are urging Republican Gov. Mike DeWine’s administration to improve and promote access to the tax-funded coverage.
AR: Wrong-way crashes again get a look in Arkansas
A $3 million upgrade of markings and signs at all interstate exit ramps in Arkansas designed to deter deadly wrong-way crashes and completed in 2018 had no effect on the number of such crashes.
NY: New York governor unveils plan to add eight tracks to Penn Station
Pennsylvania Station, the busiest rail station in the Western Hemisphere, would add eight tracks to its 21-track layout under an ambitious plan outlined by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The additional tracks would accommodate an additional 175,000 riders. Currently, 650,000 travelers flow through the station.
OK: Oklahoma criminal justice task force to recommend chief cultural officer
A criminal justice task force will recommend the Oklahoma Department of Corrections hire a chief cultural officer to help push cultural changes within the agency and to serve as a bridge for public-private partnerships, officials said.
CO, NE: New drone task force on the hunt for “command vehicle” in rural Colorado, Nebraska
A newly formed task force is on the hunt for a “command vehicle” that might be controlling the mysterious clusters of drones that witnesses say have been flying grid patterns in northeast Colorado and western Nebraska most nights for several weeks. About 75 people from a variety of state, local and federal agencies met to discuss the situation.
IL: In Illinois, apprenticeships are on the rise
Apprenticeship programs in construction and other trades rival the performance of Illinois state colleges and universities in terms of training hours, graduation rates, diversity and lifetime earnings for graduates, according to a report from the Illinois Economic Policy Institute and the Project for Middle Class Renewal at the University of Illinois.
KS: Kansas bill would increase transparency for police shootings
Proponents are hoping a new Kansas bill will change how information involving police shootings is released, how investigations are conducted and compel county attorneys to make an investigatory file in a shooting public when they decide to not prosecute an officer.
MI: Michigan senators may block Republican U.S. attorney bid
President Donald Trump’s choice of a former Republican Michigan House speaker for a U.S. attorney position could be in peril because of a long-standing practice that allows home-state senators to block nominations. For decades, the U.S. Senate has used a “blue slip” process that essentially requires senators to sign off on certain nominations in their own states.
SC: African American, Jewish leaders push for South Carolina hate crimes law
Following last month’s attacks targeting Jewish communities, members of the South Carolina African American, Jewish and interfaith communities stood together at the State House to call for unity and push for a hate crimes law in the state.
IN: Indiana governor changes stance on teacher pay action
Indiana Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb opened the door to potentially boosting school funding and teacher pay after weeks of refuting any plans on such action until next year.
WY: What the strike on Iran’s military leader means for Wyoming oil
For Wyoming consumers, the uptick in oil prices could be noticeable at the gas pump. For oil producers, it could be a slight boost for business after months of lukewarm oil prices. But the disruption could also pass relatively quickly, as long as Iran does not dramatically disrupt international oil supplies, several analysts said.
AK: Alaska governor agrees to continue accepting refugees
Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, has agreed to continue allowing the resettlement of refugees in the state under a presidential executive order that gave states an option to refuse them. He called the decision a simple one. In an interview, he said the resettlement program has a long-standing history and is in line with U.S. and Alaska values.
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