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  • September 18, 2014

WI: Groups appeal Wisconsin voter ID ruling, alleging process will disenfranchise thousands

madison.com

Advocacy groups have filed an emergency appeal that challenges Wisconsin’s voter ID requirement, saying it imposes a “radical, last-minute change” to the November election.

US: Only four states will see food stamp cuts after states thwart reductions

startribune.com 

Cuts to the nation's food stamp program enacted this year are affecting only four states, far from the sweeping overhaul that Republicans had pushed.

LA: Mississippi River mayors seek funding for infrastructure, green spaces

nola.com 

The Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, a coalition of mayors from cities along the Mississippi River, has created a fund to kick-start—or in some cases, help finish—waterfront projects that boost the economy and jobs while being eco-friendly.

US: Surrogates and couples face a maze of laws, state by state

nytimes.com

There is nothing resembling a national consensus on how to handle surrogacy and no federal law, leaving the states free to do as they wish.

UT: Utah governor: No surprises, no monument — for now

sltrib.com

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert said he has been assured by the top levels of the Obama administration that the White House won’t designate a new national monument in southeastern Utah as long as a more comprehensive public-lands effort is making headway.

MI: Governor asks for presidential disaster declaration

freep.com

The devastating flood in metro Detroit on Aug. 11 caused $1.1 billion in damages and significantly flooded 118,000 homes and businesses in the region, Republican Gov. Rick Snyder told President Barack Obama in asking for the disaster declaration.

CA: Governor signs bills increasing access to EpiPens, overdose drug

californiahealthline.org

The law will require California school districts to stock emergency epinephrine auto-injectors, or EpiPens, to treat serious allergic reactions and will increase the availability of naloxone, a drug that commonly is used to reverse respiratory depression caused by overdosing on painkillers.

NV: Nevada recoups $50 million investment with bankrupt Lehman Brothers

lasvegassun.com

Six years after the collapse of financial firm Lehman Brothers, Nevada has recouped a $50 million investment it made with the now-bankrupt investment firm.

KS: Schools task force head urges consolidation, changes in teacher bargaining

kansas.com

The chairman of a Kansas school efficiency task force is recommending incentives for school districts to consolidate, replacing the current salary schedule for public school teachers and narrowing the number of negotiable items in contracts.

OH: Arrested before Election Day? Ohio judge says you still can vote

cincinnati.com

Getting arrested before Election Day may cost you your freedom, but you'll still get a ballot – even if it’s delivered to the jail, according to U.S. District Court Judge Arthur Spiegel, who said jailed voters are innocent until proven guilty.

MD: Hospitals focus on preparedness as risk of Ebola spread increases

baltimoresun.com

As health officials fail to contain West Africa's Ebola outbreak, recent scares at two Baltimore-area hospitals highlight the need for hospitals here and across the U.S. to prepare space and equipment for possible cases.

CT: Safe Haven Act results in newborn placement

courant.com 

Invoking the state’s Safe Haven Act, the mother of a newborn relinquished a baby girl after giving birth at a Hartford hospital, the 25th newborn surrendered at a hospital under the law since it was enacted in 2000. The law protects parents from being prosecuted for abandonment and ensures the baby will be safe.

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