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  • October 02, 2014

NC: Federal court blocks parts of North Carolina voting law

time.com

A federal appeals court blocked parts of a sweeping North Carolina voting law from taking hold ahead of this year’s midterm elections, restoring a same-day registration provision.

UT: ‘Intermountain’ states seek to keep hope alive for high-speed rail

sltrib.com

In a meeting at the University of Utah, Western transit officials said if California’s high-speed rail project is successful, it will greatly increase the chances of a similar connections between Salt Lake City, Las Vegas, Reno, Phoenix and Denver.

NY: Governor tells New York agency heads to hold spending amid surplus

bloomberg.com

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo directed agencies to hold spending at current levels next year even as the state is poised for a more than $4 billion surplus, the result of legal settlements with Wall Street banks and limited growth in spending.

NV: Nevada, Xerox in private talks to settle $75 million health care contract

lasvegassun.com

After firing Xerox for major flaws with its health insurance software, Nevada’s leaders are in confidential talks with the tech company to close out the $75 million contract and keep the dispute out of court.

FL: Studies find Florida voter lines worst in nation

orlandosentinel.com

The average wait to vote in Florida, nearly 35 minutes, was the worst, followed by Maryland, Virginia and South Carolina.

Texas school fund now worth nation-high $37.7 billion

star-telegram.com

The booming natural gas industry in Texas has pumped up the state’s Permanent School Fund, which is used to buy instructional materials and cover some local school districts' costs. The fund is now worth nearly $38 billion, making it the nation's largest educational endowment.

WI: Lawmakers consider request for voter ID ad campaign

jsonline.com

State election officials asked for more than $460,000 to run an ad campaign informing voters that they will need a photo ID at the polls in November.

OH: Ohio prison workers to protest ‘unsafe working conditions’

cleveland.com

Ohio corrections officers and other prison employees intend to picket next week to protest what they claim are increasingly unsafe working conditions.

NH: State has surplus but not enough to balance budget

unionleader.com

The state fell $7.2 million short of the $26 million surplus needed to balance the budget by June 2015. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan blamed continuing revenue shortfalls from tax changes lawmakers made two years ago, coupled with increased Medicaid caseloads.

VT: Report on baby deaths says more staff needed

burlingtonfreepress.com

A report issued in response to the deaths of two young children whose families had been under state investigation says the state needs more staff to prevent such incidents, but a wholesale reorganization of the agency that oversees child protection isn’t needed.

SD: Minimum wage hike would aid 34,000 in South Dakota

argusleader.com

A new study has found that about 34,000 workers in South Dakota would be eligible for pay raises if voters approve a hike in the minimum wage in November.

SC: Capitol's Confederate flag is campaign issue

thestate.com

Democratic candidate for governor Vincent Sheheen said he wants South Carolina to remove the Confederate flag that flies on Statehouse grounds.

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