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  • September 23, 2014

US: Florida, Georgia school districts to split $1 million education prize

cbsnews.com

For the first time in its 12-year history, the Broad Prize for Urban Education has gone to two school districts. The prize rewards school districts for improving achievement among disadvantaged students. Each district will receive $500,000 in college scholarships.

LA: Louisiana looks to recoup $100 million through this year’s tax amnesty

theadvocate.com

Louisianans will have another shot at paying the state back taxes with discounted interest and without penalties this fall. The state budget is expecting to bring in just over $100 million this year, after a similar program recouped an estimated $452 million last year.

OH: Ohio’s early voting ruling could affect other states

cleveland.com

A federal court decision finding Ohio's early voting days that offer more voting opportunities than 41 states too restrictive could have ramifications for those other states, attorneys for the state warn.

US: Homelessness increases among school children

ap.org

Department of Education statistics show 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year, an 8 percent increase from the previous school year.

VA: Study ramps up cost of stalled highway in Virginia

washingtonpost.com

Work on a new highway that Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe halted soon after taking office seems unlikely to resume following the release of a report that found the project would cost more and destroy more wetlands than previously thought.

NJ: Unsafe, filthy boarding homes target of New Jersey bill requiring state to post inspection reports

nj.com

A state Assembly committee bill would require state and local officials to post within 72 hours inspection reports online for boarding homes and shelters that fail inspection for violating health and safety codes.

KS: Kansas prosecutors warn of chilling result from court ruling

kansascity.com

Prosecutors warn that more than 200 career criminals could see their sentences dramatically cut following a Kansas Supreme Court ruling on the state’s sentencing guidelines. 

KY: Kentucky doctors see surge in babies treated for drug addiction withdrawal

kentucky.com

Doctors are calling the growing rate of babies being born with drug addiction withdrawal an epidemic and say it should be considered a public health care crisis. 

CT: Church to seek reversal of law that extended time abuse accusers may sue 

courant.com

The Archdiocese of Hartford is seeking to have the state Supreme Court overturn a $1 million verdict in a priest sex abuse case while at the same time reversing a Connecticut law that extended the amount of time in which accusers may sue the diocese.

SD: South Dakota substance abusers can now avoid prison

rapidcityjournal.com

A change in South Dakota law is allowing some offenders who abuse controlled substances to avoid hard prison time.

MN: Abuse case drives governor to order child welfare reviews

mprnews.org

Saying he was haunted by the photo of an abused Pope County 4-year-old, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton announced changes in the state's child protection system intended to keep kids safer.

AZ: Marijuana advocates kick off 2016 initiative

azcentral.com

Supporters of an effort to legalize recreational marijuana in 2016 have filed paperwork with state elections officials, allowing them to raise money to campaign for the citizens’ initiative.

UT: Utah’s governor now must win over the GOP legislature on health plan

sltrib.com

Republican Gov. Gary Herbert must try to persuade wary lawmakers from his own party to approve his Healthy Utah plan, an alternative to Medicaid expansion that Herbert has been negotiating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

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