Editor's Picks from Around the Web

  • June 30, 2014

CA: Drought has drillers running after shrinking California water supply


Drilling in California isn't just for oil and gas — it's for water. Amid a severe drought, counties in the farm-rich Central Valley are issuing record numbers of permits for new wells. But the drilling frenzy could threaten the state's shrinking underground aquifers.


MT: State Suicide Review Team calls on coroners to provide more information


A state team set up to review suicides – the first of its kind in the nation - is encountering obstacles from county coroners’ offices.


TX: Dallas County preparing for 2,000 immigrant children


Dallas County could house up to 2,000 immigrant children now being held by the Department of Homeland Security on the Texas-Mexico border, County Judge Clay Jenkins said at the Texas Democratic Party’s convention on Saturday.


NY: High Stakes in Long Island Rail Road labor talks


In three weeks, a Long Island Rail Road strike could force tens of thousands of commuters onto clogged roads and overstuffed buses.


UT: Retooling hospitals, one data point at a time


The Utah health system is one of a handful in the nation with a data system that can track cost and quality for every one of its 26,000 patients. That data is shared with doctors and nurses for further input about ways to streamline cost and improve care. 


ME: Business is blooming on farms across Maine


The number of farmers giving flowers a go in Maine has doubled since 2007, and sales are up 50 percent.


IA: Iowa GOP elects new chairman at 'awkward' meeting


The new coalition of Republicans who swept into power earlier this year said they had heavy hearts, but they still voted today to fire the conservative party chairman and replace him with somebody loyal to the governor.


MO: Missouri's top education leader shakes up the system


Education Commissioner Chris Nicastro's embrace of Common Core has led to backlash from the right, while from the left she has come under fire from those who oppose the move toward more testing and high-stakes accountability for teachers.


NE: Nebraska jails to test system aimed at preventing inmate deaths


Jails in two Nebraska counties have agreed to be test sites for special bracelets that monitor inmates’ heart rates, oxygen levels and body movement to help prevent them from dying in custody.


ND: N.D. officials work on plan to set up state-run railroad inspection program


North Dakota officials are hoping to bring a plan to the Legislature next year that would create a railroad inspection program run by the state, rather than by railroad companies and federal agencies.


DC: Odds are increasing that D.C. will vote on legalizing marijuana — despite Congress


Organizers for a measure that would legalize possession of marijuana in the District plan to announce this week that they are closing in on 60,000 signatures — a comfortable buffer over the 22,600 needed to qualify for the November ballot. But will Congress step in to stop it?