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  • August 13, 2014

NY: Why is the Cuomo administration automatically deleting state employees’ emails?


Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration — which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in state history — has quietly adopted policies that allow it to purge the emails of tens of thousands of state employees.

MD: Maryland assault weapons ban upheld in federal court


The law banning the guns, which was passed in May 2013, was challenged in court by a group of nine plaintiffs including gun stores, gun ownership organizations, and individuals.

IL: Firm hired to run Illinois Lottery has failed to hit profit goals for 3rd straight year


For the third consecutive year, the private firm hired run the Illinois Lottery has failed to bring in the profits it promised to raise for the state, even as its parent companies continue to be paid more each year to provide games and services.

MS: Gulf oyster harvest has nose-dived since BP spill


Even after a modest rebound last year, thousands of acres of oyster beds where oil from the well washed ashore are producing less than a third of their pre-spill harvest.

MI: With 4 senior lawmakers retiring, Michigan faces loss of its clout in Congress


When four senior members of Congress from Michigan retire this fall after a collective 134 years of service, they will leave a legacy that stretches from the woods of the Upper Peninsula to downtown Detroit.

UT: New suit targets Shurtleff, Swallow and Bank of America


A key player in the scandal surrounding Mark Shurtleff and John Swallow is suing the former attorneys general, alleging they conspired with Bank of America to derail a major foreclosure lawsuit, harming thousands of Utahns who could have benefited from the case.

KS: Gov. Brownback unveils re-election platform with goal of 100,000 new jobs


Republican Gov. Sam Brownback said he'll work to create 100,000 new jobs in Kansas over the next four years, seeking to dispel doubts about the aggressive tax-cutting that he's championed.

NJ: N.J. voters disagree with Christie’s handling of pensions, budget, poll finds


New Jersey voters disapprove of Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s handling of the state pension issue, taxes, the state budget or the economy, according to a new poll.

VA: McAuliffe unveils workforce development and education plan to beef up economy


Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced a sweeping set of goals for educating the state’s workforce, employing more military veterans and better matching jobs and workers in hopes of strengthening the economy.

OH: Gov. Kasich sets up new Ohio ‘innovation’ office to coordinate poverty programs


Republican Gov. John Kasich wants the new office to better coordinate state programs so that people can more easily find ways out of poverty.

FL: Governor’s race will also shape the direction of the state Supreme Court for years to come


Florida's mandatory retirement age of 70 for Supreme Court justices means four will leave the court by January 2019, and each has often rejected laws created by the Republican-controlled Legislature and executive orders issued by current Republican Gov. Rick Scott.

VT: State utility agency criticized for withholding information


The state agency responsible for representing utility ratepayers is being criticized by consumer and environmental groups after admitting it knew of a big cost increase on a natural gas pipeline project four months before it was made public.

MO: Missouri sees drop in many statewide school test scores


No one knows why scores fell in 2014 on statewide assessment exams, but the state refreshed the exams with a host of new questions for the first time since 2010.