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  • August 12, 2014

OR: Intel's new tax deal is a whopper: $100 billion investment, 30 years


Washington County and Hillsboro offered Intel three decades of property-tax breaks, aiming to secure up to $100 billion in investment and the chip maker's role at the heart of Oregon's economy.

IL: Process for getting a concealed-carry permit eases


For all the hubbub over the state’s new concealed carry law, just over one half of one percent of the state population now has a license to carry a concealed weapon roughly six months after the first permits were mailed out by the Illinois State Police.

FL: Florida legislators approve new redistricting map but new challenge is expected


The legislature ended a three-day special session by moving 368,000 voters in North and Central Florida into new districts as it changed the boundaries of seven congressional seats.

TX: Michael Morton Act boosts transparency — and workload, attorneys say


Texas prosecutors say complying with the Michael Morton Act, which mandates that every piece of evidence collected by law enforcement be provided to both prosecutors and defense attorneys, has vastly increased the workload in every case, from traffic violations to murder cases.

KS: Kansas violated bond rules, SEC says


The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said Kansas state government violated investment disclosure laws in selling bonds and the federal agency issued a cease-and-desist order against the state.

NJ: Christie signs bail reform measure, lauds lawmakers for bipartisanship


Republican Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill into law establishing an alternative pre-trial release system so that poor defendants aren’t stuck in jail because they can’t afford bail.

NY: Cuomo primary opponent can run, judge rules


A state judge rejected an attempt by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo to block a little-known opponent, Zephyr Teachout, from challenging him in the Democratic Party primary on Sept. 9.

OH: Federal judge extends moratorium on Ohio executions


A federal judge has extended a moratorium on executions in Ohio into next year as questions mount about the effectiveness of a new, two-drug combination being used to carry out the death penalty.

HI: Primary election turnout likely near all-time low this year


As of Sunday morning, 41.4 percent — or 285,471 — of Hawaii’s 688,778 registered voters statewide cast ballots.

CA: Brown administration opposes $9-billion schools bond


Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration came out against a $9-billion school-facilities bond proposed by California lawmakers for the November statewide ballot.

WI: Educators oppose Walker's call to dump Common Core


Some Wisconsin school district officials say they are opposed to Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s effort to repeal Common Core standards, saying it would be expensive and time consuming.

NC: Critics will continue fight against voting law


Lawyers pledged to keep fighting a 2013 law that tightens the window for early voting and makes it harder for people to cast ballots outside of their precincts—even after a federal judge decided not to block the law in time for November’s elections.

MD: Maryland lottery sales slide as casino revenue surges


Lottery officials point the finger at Maryland Live for helping to end the lottery’s unprecedented 16-year run of annual sales increases.