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  • September 29, 2014

CA: New laws to aid immigrant children, troubled students in California

latimes.com

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation to provide $3 million in legal aid for the thousands of unaccompanied minors from Central America who have flooded into the U.S. illegally this year. He also approved a new law to limit suspensions and expulsions of students who "willfully defy" teachers and administrators.

WV: West Virginia schools struggle as families leave coal country

charlestondailymail.com

West Virginia has lost 26 percent of its public school student population since 1979, with declines in 42 of the state’s 55 counties.

ND: With North Dakota’s oil boom also comes crime, drug trade

washingtonpost.com

In just five years, the Bakken formation in North Dakota has gone from producing about 200,000 barrels to 1.1 million barrels of oil a day, luring thousands of workers from around the country. But the boom  carries a steep social cost.

NJ: Stalled mall impedes New Jersey’s economic plan after casinos fail

bloomberg.com

Republican Gov. Chris Christie came to office in 2010 staking New Jersey’s economic turnaround on the resurrection of two stalled construction projects. Now, one is a $2.4 billion flop, and the other is years behind schedule.

KY: Administration not sure what expanded Medicaid will cost Kentucky

kentucky.com

Kentucky, which struggles to pay $1.3 billion a year for its 30 percent share of traditional Medicaid costs, will have to dig even deeper as the bill come due for several hundred thousand more Kentuckians who swiftly enrolled in expanded coverage.

GA: Georgia colleges prohibiting tobacco, but questions about enforcement linger

nytimes.com

Starting Wednesday, tobacco products and e-cigarettes will be prohibited at the 31 public colleges and universities that make up the University System of Georgia.

AK: Alaska Permanent Fund seeking new oil and gas investments

adn.com

Calls for big investors to stop investing in companies that produce fossil fuels are picking up steam, but the $51 billion state fund that provides annual dividends to state residents has been doubling down on its investments in the oil and gas industry.

MD: Lawsuits over police beatings cost Baltimore millions

baltimoresun.com

The city has paid about $5.7 million since 2011 over lawsuits claiming that police officers brazenly beat up alleged suspects.

KS: New tax credit system for private school tuition in Kansas could start in January

cjonline.com

State education officials say the groundwork is largely in place for a new tax credit system to fund private school tuition for low-income students in Kansas starting in January.

WI: Wisconsin's sand mining industry poised for growth

jsonline.com

Wisconsin's salt mining industry is growing rapidly, but environmental groups say they want more government oversight of water and air quality to protect people living near the mines and processing plants.

OH: Abortions in Ohio drop to historic low

cleveland.com

Abortions performed in Ohio have dropped to the lowest level since the state began keeping records in the 1970s, according to a new state report.

WA: Marijuana legal but often scarce in Washington state

usatoday.com

A little more than two months after Washington launched recreational marijuana sales, you'd be hard pressed to stumble upon any pot shops in Seattle, the state's biggest city.

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