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  • July 31, 2014

MN: Minnesota minimum wage rises to $8 an hour


Starting Friday, large companies in Minnesota must pay employees at least $8 an hour under a new law, up from the current state minimum of $6.15.

IL: Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis C drug


Tight restrictions on a new hepatitis C drug that costs $1,000 per pill require Medicaid patients to meet 25 criteria and get approval before the government health care program will pay for it.

NJ: Lifetime alimony would end sooner in New Jersey if Christie signs bill


Republican Gov. Chris Christie must decide whether to support an end to lifetime alimony in New Jersey, part of an overhaul that supporters say doesn’t go far enough.

NY: New York City’s abortion protest law praised by justices, but few others


The U.S. Supreme Court cited New York City’s 15-foot buffer zone outside abortion clinics as a possible model, but both abortion-rights advocates and abortion opponents have criticized the statute.

VA: Virginia elections office mistakenly told 125,000 residents they may not be registered to vote


The letters should have been sent to voters who moved out of state, but because of human error, were sent to voters who still live in Virginia. They did not trigger the purging of any voters from the rolls.

MS: Property insurance premium hikes highest in Mississippi


A study found that home insurance premiums in Mississippi jumped higher than in any other state.

MA: State fails to staff, track hundreds of Massachusetts boards, committees and commissions


A state Senate panel said the failure to properly staff and track these panels results in do-nothing zombie boards that never meet, while others are paralyzed by vacancies.

PA: U.S. sues state police over physical fitness test


The Pennsylvania State Police, one of the nation's largest forces, will have to either end the physical fitness tests it gives to applicants for state trooper positions or defend in court a practice the federal government says illegally discriminates against women.

TX: How Texas could win big under new emissions rules


Texas leaders have vowed to fight the Obama administration's newly proposed carbon emissions rules, but a new study said the regulations could be an economic windfall for the state.

CA: Health insurance premiums soared


The state insurance commissioner said the cost of health insurance for individuals skyrocketed this year in California, with some paying almost double what they paid last year.

ID: One arrested at Idaho statehouse pro-wolf demonstration


Several wolf advocacy groups rallied at the state capitol to protest Idaho's so-called Wolf-Kill Panel, a five-member group that oversees the killing of wolves that might conflict with livestock interests.