Grand Casino in Hinckley, Minn., is midway between the Twin Cities and Duluth. It offers a variety of gambling options but not sports betting.

Tribal control at issue for lone sports betting holdout in the Midwest

BY: - May 1, 2023

HINCKLEY, Minn. — Amid the flat woodlands of east-central Minnesota, the Grand Casino stands out: Its hotel is the tallest building between the Twin Cities and Duluth. The casino floor beckons gamblers with more than 1,900 slot machines and round-the-clock blackjack and poker tables. With a golf course, an RV park and an amphitheater that […]

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BY: - February 13, 2023

FL: Florida sports board removes menstrual questions for high school athletes, but adds ‘sex at birth’ The Florida High School Athletic Association walked back a controversial proposal to require female high school athletes to disclose information regarding their menstrual history, following scathing criticism from students, parents, physicians, advocacy organizations and some lawmakers. A new […]

Top State Stories 2/7

BY: - February 7, 2022

IL: Illinois judge rules for parents objecting to governor’s school mask mandate  Hundreds of students at Chicago Public Schools and at scores of districts across the state may be freed from wearing a mask in the classroom, with an Illinois judge ruling that Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s COVID-19 mandate was authorized illegally.  UT: Utah halts state, […]

Top State Stories 7/14

BY: - July 14, 2021

TN: Tennessee abandons vaccine outreach to minors—and not just for COVID The Tennessee Department of Health will halt all adolescent vaccine outreach—not just for coronavirus, but all diseases—amid pressure from Republican state lawmakers, according to an internal report and agency emails obtained by the Tennessean. The health department will also stop all COVID-19 vaccine events on school property, […]

Top State Stories 7/2

BY: - July 2, 2021

AZ: US Supreme Court upholds Arizona election restrictions Arizona is going to get to keep its laws against “ballot harvesting” and counting only votes cast within the proper precinct. In a 6-3 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court concluded the provisions of the 2016 law do not violate the Voting Rights Act.  OK: Medicaid expansion […]

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BY: - July 1, 2021

OR: 63 people have died in Oregon heat wave At least 63 people throughout Oregon died from health issues related to the hot weather over the past few days, authorities say. Capt. Tim Fox, an Oregon State Police spokesperson, said the death toll was based on reports from each county’s medical examiner office, but […]

Top State Stories 6/30

BY: - June 30, 2021

IA: Jobless Iowans who contracted COVID are still being denied benefits Iowans forced out of work after being sickened by COVID-19 continue to be denied unemployment benefits by the state, while those who voluntarily quit their jobs due to the risk of contracting the virus are collecting benefits. FL: Florida officials pledge multiple probes […]

Top State Stories 6/25

BY: - June 25, 2021

CA: California issued millions in COVID fines. Employers have paid almost none of them. Inspectors with California’s Division of Occupational Safety and Health ordered roughly $4.6 million in fines for wrongdoing related to COVID-19 in some 200 workplaces. But more than a year since inspectors noted some of those violations, employers have paid only about […]

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BY: - June 10, 2021

MA: Massachusetts lawmakers advance bill that would put millionaire tax on the ballot Massachusetts lawmakers overwhelmingly voted to advance a sweeping change to the state tax code to the 2022 ballot, kickstarting what’s expected to be a bruising political debate over whether the wealthiest residents should pay more in taxes. The vote was 159-41 […]

Top State Stories 5/26

BY: - May 26, 2021

CO: Children’s Hospital Colorado declares mental health state of emergency Colorado children are attempting suicide and arriving in emergency rooms in psychiatric crisis at levels never seen in the state, while abuse of alcohol and drugs to cope with mental health struggles is also on the rise. The youth mental health crisis has escalated to […]

Top State Stories 5/20

BY: - May 20, 2021

TX: Texas governor signs law banning abortion as early as six weeks into pregnancy Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, a Republican, signed a law that prohibits abortions as early as six weeks into pregnancy—before some people know they are pregnant—and allows almost any private citizen to sue abortion providers and others. There is an exception […]

Top State Stories 3/30

BY: - March 30, 2021

GA: Protests, lawsuits target Georgia voting law after lawmaker’s arrest Voting rights advocates ratcheted up the legal battle targeting Georgia’s new voting restrictions with a second court challenge, as critics rallied around a state legislator who made a dramatic return to the Capitol days after her arrest outside Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office while protesting the changes. TN: […]