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  • July 21, 2014

WA: Oil-by-rail fight in Washington threatens California gasoline prices


The cost of delays from opposition to transporting crude oil by rail in Washington state may be steepest in California, an isolated market increasingly dependent on foreign oil.

MO: Missouri alone in resisting prescription drug database


Missouri is the only state that doesn’t keep a prescription drug database — the primary tool the other 49 states use to identify people who acquire excess prescriptions for addictive painkillers and tranquilizers, as well as the physicians who overprescribe them.

NJ: Christie’s economist quits after faulty revenue forecasts in New Jersey


Republican Gov. Chris Christie, who created the chief economist’s job to help guide the state to recovery after the 18-month recession, has been dogged by revenue shortfalls and rising pension costs.

MS: Mississippi jobless rate rises to worst in nation


Mississippi’s unemployment rate rose to the worst in the country at 7.9 percent last month as the state's economic recovery lags behind others.

CT: UConn to pay $1.3 million to settle sex assault handling lawsuit


The University of Connecticut will pay $1.3 million to settle a lawsuit by five women who alleged the school did not take seriously their claims of sexual assaults on campus.

MA: Boston a big test for self-driving cars


An MIT scientist says it could be a while before a self-driving vehicle can successfully navigate the treacherous streets of Boston that pose daunting challenges.

TN: Health care tax credits become tax woes


The Affordable Care Act's subsidies for buying health coverage on the federal exchange are actually tax credits given in advance, with the final accounting due by April 15 when people file their returns. 

ND: Future job openings in state expected to be broader mix


North Dakota is expecting that in the next 10 years, new jobs will be focused on oil production rather than exploration. 

WI: Wisconsin high court approves police window knock


The state Supreme Court has ruled that a police officer knocking on a car’s window doesn’t violate an individual’s constitutional right

OR: Northwest wildfire tally nears 1 million acres


Wildfires have torched more than 940,000 acres in Oregon and Washington.