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  • September 02, 2014

MN: Free all-day kindergarten rolls out across Minnesota

startribune.com

For the first time, Minnesota is picking up the $134 million tab for full-day kindergarten, a move educators hope will provide an academic jump-start for the state’s youngest learners.

TX: Texas hospitals say they've lost insured patients to urgent care

texastribune.org

The increasing number of urgent care centers in Texas is proving problematic for hospitals, which are competing with the clinics for the same pool of insured Texans at a time when they are also getting less money to cover the cost of treating uninsured patients.

CA: Infrastructure cracks as Los Angeles defers repairs

nytimes.com

Los Angeles’s decaying roads, sidewalks and water system reflect the challenges many American cities face after years of belt-tightening prompted them to delay basic maintenance.

PA: Special prosecutor probes Pennsylvania attorney general's office

philly.com

A special prosecutor is investigating whether the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane leaked confidential grand jury material to a newspaper in a bid to strike back at former prosecutors in the office who had been critical of her, according to several people familiar with the matter.

MA: Spending on health care rises in Massachusetts

bostonglobe.com

Spending at Massachusetts’ biggest health insurer and health care provider helped drive overall health care spending well above inflation last year, as the state’s efforts to control rising costs met mixed success, according to a report to be released today.

ID: Aid urged for rain-ravaged farms

idahostatejournal.com

Idaho's congressional delegation is urging the U.S. Department of Agriculture to quickly respond to the crop damage suffered by farmers due to massive rainstorms last month.

NJ: As casinos close, Atlantic City tries to pivot focus elsewhere

npr.org

Atlantic City is switching its focus to growing its tourism and convention business. But 65 percent of its tax revenues currently come from casinos.

MI: Doubts over whether Detroit bankruptcy plan gets job done

reuters.com

Detroit’s plan to recover from bankruptcy includes several blueprints for a new future. The only problem is the city, the largest ever to file for bankruptcy, is still a long way from financially healthy and its restructuring plans leave little room for error.

CO: Colorado joins campus arms race with stadium deal

bloomberg.com

The University of Colorado is joining the athletic facilities race with a $155 million football stadium overhaul as it seeks to revive a struggling program and keep pace with conference competitors.

LA: New Orleans aims to turn environmental weaknesses into economic strengths

nola.com

Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, the region ravaged by the storm has expertise that other locations are likely to seek out as global climate change unfolds.

FL: Democrats place all their hopes on governor’s race

greenfieldreporter.com

Democrats are trying to stop the Republican agenda by defeating incumbent Gov. Rick Scott with former Republican Charlie Crist, while essentially ignoring the rest of the ballot.

NY: Despite strength, Cuomo’s re-election bid is hardly a coronation

nytimes.com

A year ago, it looked as though Labor Day would mark the start of Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s smooth glide toward a second term as New York’s governor. Now, Cuomo bid for re-election seems to have become more of a chore than a coronation.

AR: DHS: Let Medicaid aid 2,800 disabled

arkansasonline.com

Enhanced Medicaid funding available under the Affordable Care Act would allow Arkansas to move 2,800 people with developmental disabilities off a waiting list for home-based services, the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services said.

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