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  • September 24, 2014

WA: What would 15 percent budget cut mean for Washington colleges?


Washington’s public college and university presidents warn that a hypothetical 15 percent cut to higher education being considered by the state could mean double-digit tuition increases, class cuts that would make it tougher to finish a degree in four years and enrollment cutbacks that would make it more difficult to get into a state university.

NJ: Atlantic City plans to eliminate hundreds of city jobs


The city will ask the state for permission to reduce staff by as many as 300 public employees through attrition and layoffs, and to negotiate new contract terms with all employees except for police. The mayor said the news shouldn’t be a surprise in a town where four casinos have closed recently and a fifth may be shuttered by the end of the year.

TX: EPA backs Texas disposal well plan


In their efforts to regulate the wells that hold Texas' oilfield waste, state officials have found a surprising ally in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, long a political punching bag in Texas.

AZ: Arizona schools clamor for state to pay up


A year after the Arizona Supreme Court ruled that the state had shorted public schools during the Great Recession by not fully covering inflation costs, schools are still waiting for officials to hand over the $317 million.

DE: New rules issued for drug evidence in Delaware


Delaware public safety officials outlined new procedures to secure drug evidence to help improve credibility after a missing drugs scandal that plagued the chief medical examiner’s office earlier this year.

PA: Philadelphia to tax tobacco for school funds


Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Tom Corbett said he would sign a bill passed by the state legislature Tuesday that allows Philadelphia to tax smokers $2 per cigarette pack to help fill an $81 million budget gap for the school district.

FL: Elections official urging online voter registration


Florida's 67 election supervisors are calling on the legislature to create a new system of online voter registration next year after the 2016 presidential election.

KY: Kentucky seeks to lure college students back for degrees


If you attended college in the state but never graduated with a degree, Kentucky education officials want to get you back in school.

TN:  Growth in charter schools will strain Metro district


A new study says total enrollment growth among Nashville's charter schools is significantly outpacing the rest of Metro schools, imposing fiscal strains on the district that could deepen if this trend continues.

ND: Lack of volunteers puts survival of rural ambulance services in question


Rural areas of North Dakota are being faced with a lack of volunteers to keep ambulance services afloat.

MN: Gov. Dayton to North Dakota: Keep those oil shipments safe


Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has urged North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, a Republican, to support legislative efforts to make oil from the Bakken Fields safer to transport.

ID: Idaho drivers ranked rudest in nation


A survey by Insure.com said Idaho drivers fall into two categories: those moving so slowly that they appear rude and aggressive drivers who speed around them and flash the universal, single-digit sign of disapproval.