Editor's Picks From Around the Web

  • August 19, 2014

LA: Common Core fight divides Louisiana


Disagreement over the new education standards has generated two dueling lawsuits, a standoff between Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and the state superintendent of education he appointed and a sense of chaos among educators and parents.

DE: Delaware drug cases could hinge on upcoming hearing


A Delaware judge will decide whether thousands of past and present drug prosecutions will be thrown out because of possibly tainted evidence passed through the troubled and now shuttered state medical examiner’s office. 

WI: Wisconsin loses $206 million by not fully expanding BadgerCare


A new nonpartisan report said Wisconsin taxpayers would have saved more than $200 million over two years if the state had fully expanded its health care program for the poor under Obamacare.

TX: The bullet train in Texas that could change everything


A new model for high-speed rail is hurtling forward in Texas that could mark a turning point for the development of public transportation around the country.

AK: Alaskans vote in most expensive primary in state history


Today’s primary election includes a referendum on an oil tax repeal drawing some $15 million in spending, almost entirely from industry groups trying to keep the 2013 tax system in place. State races drew another $15 million from the campaigns of the GOP Senate candidates, along with their allies and opponents.

US: Ohio River dam project keeps rolling along


The gargantuan marine construction project unfolding on the Ohio River was first authorized by Congress in 1988 at a cost of $775 million. It is now scheduled to be completed in 2020 at a cost approaching $3 billion.

NH: Governors stepping into Market Basket stores feud


New Hampshire Gov. Maggie Hassan and Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, both Democrats, met with company board members and believe a deal “may be within reach” to sell Market Basket and get customers and workers back into stores.

NJ: Casino still for sale; told to stay open


Atlantic City luxury hotel and casino, Revel, is losing more than $1 million a week and wants to close while it seeks a buyer. But state regulators told the casino to stay open until Labor Day weekend.

IL: Illinois overdrew federal Medicaid dollars


Federal auditors say Illinois used faulty methods for withdrawing federal Medicaid money, resulting in regular overdraws that the state later had trouble repaying.

OH: Complaint targets Ohio in food stamp action


Advocates for the poor have filed a civil rights complaint against Ohio officials for failing to renew the state's food stamp waiver for all 88 counties, which resulted in thousands of Ohioans losing the federal benefits.

AZ: GoDaddy founder dumps $1 million more into governor's race


The founder of GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting company, dumped another $1 million into the governor's race in an effort to help his company's former legal counsel, Republican contender Christine Jones.

MI: Michigan landfill taking other states' radioactive fracking waste


As other states ban landfills from accepting low-level radioactive waste, up to 36 tons of the sludge already rejected by two other states was slated to arrive in Michigan late last week.

VT: Governor praises U.S. Sen. Jim Jeffords’ life


"The passing of Senator Jim Jeffords will be felt throughout Vermont and our country," Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin said. Jeffords, who had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, died Monday at the age of 80.