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  • October 14, 2014

OH: Ohio Medicaid expansion faces 2015 political hurdle

kaiserhealthnews.org

Republican Gov. John Kasich defied his party and used $2.5 billion in federal money to allow 350,000 to gain Medicaid coverage in 2014. But the Republican-controlled legislature could roll back the expansion when Medicaid spending is reauthorized by lawmakers in the state’s two-year budget cycle, which ends in June.

DC: District of Columbia homeless students need more support

washingtonpost.com

More than 4,000 children in Washington, D.C. public schools qualified as homeless in the past school year, a 37 percent increase over the previous year. As the number grows, public schools need to redouble efforts to help them, a new report said.

CA: California awarded $184 million in no-bid health care contracts

scpr.org

The contracts were awarded without the competitive bidding and oversight that is standard practice across state government, and included a deal that sent millions of dollars to a firm whose employees have long-standing ties to the agency's executive director, a news investigation found.

NV: Nevada voters will have say on new business tax

rgj.com

Nevadans will vote next month on whether to levy a new tax on businesses with more than $1 million in revenue to raise money for education.

MI: Michigan to fight blight in 12 cities using $75 million

freep.com

The Michigan Housing Development Authority plans to pay for work in 12 cities using $75 million in federal funding, the latest in a series of efforts to deal with vacant and dilapidated buildings across the state.

AL: State explores new funding plan for Alabama students

montgomeryadvertiser.com

The Alabama Department of Education is looking at ways to distribute school funds based on need, rather than the split-the-pie approach the current model takes.

WI: Businesses feel left out as railways shift trains toward fracking sand, oil

madison.com

Wisconsin officials say that rising propane prices and shipping delays for state-made products are likely to occur again this winter partly because of a shortage of rail cars and crews.

KS: U.S. Supreme Court to look at possible Republican River pact violation

omaha.com

The long-running dispute centers on a charge by Kansas that Nebraska used too much Republican River water during a 2006 drought. A decision in favor of Kansas could have devastating implications for the agricultural economy in parts of Nebraska.

OK: Oklahoma asks for 60-day stay of executions

newsok.com

The state says it needs more time to implement new protocols for executions in the wake of a botched execution earlier this year.

MN: State leaders press for Ebola screening at Minneapolis airport

mprnews.org

Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton and Minnesota's U.S. senators are asking the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to start screening travelers from West Africa for Ebola at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

TX: Texas sees significant decline in rural land

texastribune.org

Texas is losing more farm, ranch and forest land than any other state, according to recent data. That has implications for water resources, which scientists say are better retained by undeveloped land.

ND: North Dakota sees rise in HIV and AIDS

bismarcktribune.com

The number of cases of HIV and AIDS in North Dakota has grown significantly in the last few years as workers flock to jobs because of the state’s oil boom.

OR: Legal dispensaries cause spike in medical marijuana users

oregonlive.com

About 8,900 Oregon medical marijuana patients have enrolled in the program since January, a jump of nearly 15 percent that advocates attribute to the introduction of legal dispensaries in the state.

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