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  • August 29, 2014

PA: Federal regulators approve Pennsylvania’s Medicaid overhaul


Republican Gov. Tom Corbett’s plan, approved through 2019, would not directly expand the state’s Medicaid program, but would instead offer federal subsidies to as many as 600,000 uninsured low-income Pennsylvanians to purchase private health insurance.

OK: Oklahoma loses No Child Left Behind waiver after repealing Common Core


The decision by the U.S. Department of Education denying the state’s request to extend the flexibility waiver will place restrictions on nearly $30 million in annual federal funding for local school districts beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.

NJ: 6,000 Atlantic City casino workers expected to file for unemployment benefits


One of the region's largest mass filings for unemployment and other benefits will begin next week for newly laid-off Atlantic City casino workers in an outreach effort so large it had to book part of the city's convention center.

MN: Governor wants more answers from railroads on shipping problems


Democratic Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wants the railroads to provide more information about why they cannot move more agricultural products from state farms and grain elevators to markets. 

US: Evictions soar in hot market; renters suffer


Fueled by a growing interest in urban living and a shortage of rental housing, rents have risen sharply in cities, such as Milwaukee and San Francisco, and in states, including Maine, Georgia and Kentucky.

GA: Same-sex marriages could add $80 million to state economy


A UCLA law school study says allowing same-sex marriage in Georgia would pump nearly $80 million into the state’s economy over three years and create 1,000 jobs.

AL: State leads nation in improvement on AP tests


Alabama continues to lag behind the national average in qualifying scores on AP tests, but has improved its scores faster than any other state.

TN: Haslam may submit Medicaid expansion plan in fall


In a move that could mean health coverage for thousands of low-income Tennesseans, Republican Gov. Bill Haslam said the state may soon submit a proposal to Washington to expand the state's Medicaid program.

NY: New York state releases localized teacher evaluations


For the first time, parents and administrators will be able to assess the effectiveness of teachers and principals at the county, district and, in some cases, the school level.

CA: California plastic bag ban passes Assembly


Proponents argue that massive volumes of discarded bags clog rivers and landfills, saddling California with hefty cleanup costs. They point to the scores of counties and cities that have already enacted bag bans as evidence that the policy can be effective and enjoys popular support.

RI: State students can access GED prep course free


Rhode Island is the only state where the GED preparation course is being given free, prompted by legislators’ worries about an increase in the cost of the test and the elimination of fee waivers.

WV: You'll soon have to pay to view some public documents


Starting next week, the office of Democratic West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant will start charging the public to obtain documents that were free and online.