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  • June 26, 2014

NJ: Christie can cut pension payment for current fiscal year

nj.com

A state judge ruled that Republican Gov. Chris Christie can use his emergency powers to cut $887 million from a payment required by law for public workers’ retirement funds this year.

US: 10th Circuit Court upholds same-sex marriage

sltrib.com

A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled that states outlawing same-sex marriage are in violation of the U.S. Constitution. The circuit court district includes Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Utah and Wyoming and Utah, which said it would appeal the decision to the U.S. Supreme Court.

ID: Judge throws out Indiana's same-sex marriage ban

www.indystar.com

A federal judge struck down Indiana's ban on same-sex marriages Wednesday, leaving state officials, lawmakers, social conservatives, gay rights supporters and legal experts scrambling to sort out exactly what the decision means — and what will happen next.

TX: Texas considering no longer licensing X-ray technicians

www.texastribune.org

Texas is considering doing away with the licensing of X-ray technicians and 11 other types of health professionals. 

NH: Conservation group slams 'secret' work between governors, utilities

www.unionleader.com

The Conversation Law Foundation has charged that the effort by New England governors to promote construction of electric transmission lines and a new natural gas pipeline into the region has been shrouded in secrecy.

CT: UConn trustees approve $1.2 billion budget, includes tuition hike

http://www.courant.com

The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees has approved an almost $1.2 billion budget for next year that includes a 6.5 percent tuition increase, more faculty and boosts financial aid and enrollment.

LA: Mayor Landrieu blasts Louisiana's tax laws, calls for New Orleans to get bigger cut

www.nola.com

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has renewed his attack on Louisiana's tax laws, saying they have been "robbing New Orleans blind for years" by shorting the city its fair share of public dollars that flow from big-ticket events like the Super Bowl.

KY: Kentucky’s teacher education programs show mixed results

wfpl.org

The college programs that aim to prepare Kentucky teachers for the classroom got mixed reviews in a study by the National Council on Teacher Equality.

OH: Ohio delays new requirements for jobless benefits

www.ohio.com

When they take effect, the rules will require people to post their resumes on Ohio’s job-search website, take three assessments and complete a questionnaire to continue receiving benefits.

PA: House passes its GOP-crafted state budget

www.pennlive.com

The $29.1 billion spending plan will head for the final round of budget talks with the Senate and Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s administration as they try to finalize a budget before the July 1 start of the new fiscal year. 

CA: After six years of pain, Californians now say they are better off

reuters.com

For the first time since the start of the recession, a poll released today says more Californians are feeling better off financially than those who say they are worse off.

AL: Project could solve mystery of first state capital

www.al.com

The exact final resting place of Alabama's first capital is still in question, and modern technology is being used to solve the lingering mystery.

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