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  • October 16, 2014

OH: Ohio will get CDC help in tracking Ebola victim's contacts


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is sending manpower to help local and state epidemiologists track the contacts that a nurse diagnosed with Ebola may have had while visiting Ohio.

 AK: Alaska’s outdated maps make flying a peril


Alaska has never been mapped to modern standards.. While the U.S. Geological Survey is constantly refining its work in the lower 48 states, the terrain data in Alaska is more than 50 years old. Locals tell of mountains as much as a mile out of place. Streams flow uphill, and ridges are missing because a cloud happened by when the photo was taken. 

AR: Arkansas Supreme Court strikes down state voter ID law


The Arkansas Supreme Court struck down the state’s voter identification law as unconstitutional just days ahead of the start of early voting for the Nov. 4 general election.

AZ: Another Arizona immigration law shot down by 9th Circuit Court


Another of Arizona's immigration laws was struck down Wednesday when the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled as unconstitutional a law denying bond to undocumented immigrants charged with "serious" crimes.

UT: Utah lawmaker says video critic was ‘overreacting’


Feminist video game critic Anita Sarkeesian called off a speech at Utah State University after she received a death threat and school officials said they could not prohibit concealed weapon permit carriers from bringing handguns to the event. Republican state Rep. Curt Oda, an avid gun-rights advocate, said, "I think she’s overreacting."

KY: Kentucky seeks to preserve zones around polling places


A day after a District Court judge issued a permanent injunction blocking enforcement of a law that bans electioneering close to polling places, Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway turned to a federal appeals court to preserve it, calling the buffer zone an important safeguard against Election Day shenanigans.

WV: West Virginia Supreme Court rules attorney general cannot prosecute criminal cases


The Supreme Court ruled that Attorney General Patrick Morrisey has no legal authority to assist county prosecutors and put criminals behind bars, even if prosecutors request the attorney general’s help.

TX: Lawmakers might address graduation hurdles


If roughly 47,000 high school seniors in December fail to pass the state exams required to earn a diploma, their last shot at graduating with their peers in the Class of 2015 may depend on the quick movement of state lawmakers.

LA: New Orleans metro area to add 17,300 jobs in next two years


Two new hospitals and a long list of riverfront industrial projects are expected to add an estimated 17,300 total jobs to the New Orleans region in the next two years, according to a new study. But the new jobs won’t get the region to its 2001 employment peak.

KS: Parties see jump in registered voters in Kansas


The Democratic and Republican parties in Kansas have both gained registered voters since the August primary elections, while the number of unaffiliated voters has fallen.

RI: Rhode Island public schools can charge for summer courses


The state Board of Education upheld a decision from the state education commissioner to charge for summer courses in a case that pits a relatively common practice in suburban schools against concerns about fairness for low-income students.

NV: Nevada consumer advocate urges fast investigation of utility's smart meters 


Nevada's consumer advocate has urged the Public Utilities Commission to fast track its investigation into the safety of NV Energy’s smart meters, which have been the source of at least nine fires in Reno and Sparks.