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  • July 30, 2014

US: Soldiers get $92 million in debt relief under settlement


Thirteen states have settled an investigation into improper lending by reaching a court agreement that is expected to provide $92 million in debt relief for 17,800 U.S. military personnel.

TX: Texas technical colleges look to break mold on workforce development


With the launch of a new initiative, the Texas State Technical College System could help revolutionize how colleges align their curriculum with workforce demands and help their students match up better with employers’ needs.

NC: Budget deal includes teacher raises, but no Medicaid overhaul

House and Senate budget writers reached agreement Tuesday on a $21.3 billion state spending plan that averts significant cuts to Medicaid but leaves unresolved a major overhaul of the health insurance program for the poor.

NJ: Christie calls special New Jersey legislative session on bail reform


Republican Gov. Chris Christie called a special session of the legislature for Thursday on bail reform, which has been the subject of intense negotiations between Democrats in both legislative houses.

GA: Georgia campaign helps young adults finish college


State officials launched a program designed to help young adults with some college credits complete their degrees.

OK: Oklahoma lawmakers renew efforts to allow guns on campus


An interim legislative study will look once again at allowing licensed faculty, staff and students to carry weapons on Oklahoma college campuses. Higher education officials say it would make campuses more dangerous.

PA: Legislation targets use of drones in hunting


New Pennsylvania legislation would ban the use of drones for hunting or for harassing hunters.

IL: Voters get to weigh in on millionaire tax


Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation allowing Illinois voters to weigh in on whether millionaires should pay more income tax.

VT: Vermont unable to host 1,000 immigrant kids


Vermont lacks the capacity to host a large number of unaccompanied immigrant children, Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin told the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

MI: Detroit weighed Detroit Institute of Arts sale in 2011


Against the backdrop of Detroit’s worsening financial crisis, city officials quietly formulated a proposal in late 2011 to sell the city-owned Detroit Institute of Arts to nonprofit foundations for $550 million to create cash flow for the city and transfer ownership so the art could never be sold to pay city debt.

MD: Maryland VA approaches private doctors to speed up care


The medical system charged with caring for Maryland's veterans is seeking help from private physicians in the Baltimore region to address a primary-care backlog that has become one of the worst in the nation.

CT: State selling ads on Connecticut ferries


Two historic state-owned ferries in Connecticut are now displaying commercial advertising for the first time ever.