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  • July 24, 2014

ME: Maine wants childless adults to work for food stamps

bangordailynews.com

After a five-year break, the state Department of Health and Human Services plans once again to require those between 18 and 49 years old without dependents to work 20 hours a week or volunteer a certain number of hours to get benefits. 

TN: Patients in TennCare limbo sue for benefits

tennessean.com

Babies who went without medical coverage, a mother of three with high blood pressure and a woman with kidney failure are among the plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit filed against Tennessee’s health care insurance program.

AZ: Lawyers demand outside probe of two-hour Arizona execution

reuters.com

Republican Gov. Jan Brewer ordered a review by prison officials of the execution of a double-murderer whose lethal injection dragged on for two hours, but his lawyers called for an outside review of the "horrifically botched" procedure.

KS: State’s poor security may put Kansans’ personal information at risk

cjonline.com

An internal audit found the state's lack of computer security may make citizens' personal information vulnerable. 

OH: Ohio’s working-class whites lose voter dominance

cincinnati.com

For the first time, working-class whites make up less than half of Ohio's eligible voters, part of a demographic shift in a key Midwestern swing state that is pushing political parties to widen their appeal beyond the once-dominant bloc.

IL: S&P puts negative outlook on Illinois credit rating

chicagotribune.com

Standard & Poor's Ratings Services revised the outlook on Illinois' A-minus credit rating to negative, citing risks over the implementation of a recent pension reform law.

CA: California loses nearly $2 billion in ‘runaway projects’

latimes.com

The California Film Commission said film and television projects took nearly $2 billion in production spending to other states over the last four years.

MO: Governor orders review of Missouri lottery operations

stltoday.com

The state lottery's profit was $31 million short of its goal last year.

DE: Markell signs limited campaign finance reforms

delawareonline.com

Democratic Delaware Gov. Jack Markell signed new campaign finance reforms into law, but critics say they don’t go far enough.

NY: Investigation: Cuomo’s office hobbled ethics inquiries

nytimes.com

The high-powered Moreland Commission, established by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2013 to root out corruption in state politics, was hamstrung almost from the outset by demands from the governor’s office that were seen as politically motivated. 

OR: GMO labeling initiative qualifies for Oregon ballot

oregonlive.com

A measure that would require the labeling of food products containing genetically modified ingredients qualified for the state ballot.

PA: Pennsylvania welcomes drivers with 70 mph speed limits

pennlive.com

Seventy mile per hour speed limit signs are now up along a 100-mile stretch of Pennsylvania Turnpike between the Blue Mountain and Morgantown exits. Soon, similar signs will appear along two stretches of highway in northern Pennsylvania. 

MA: Legislature approves $1 billion convention center upgrade

boston.com 

The measure, supported by the governor, would authorize an additional 1.3 million square feet in operating space. Massachusetts would borrow to finance the project with bonds to be repaid through proceeds from the state’s tax on hotel rooms.

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