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  • October 20, 2014

NJ: New bill would require New Jersey educators, coaches to report abuse

nj.com

In response to the sexual assault scandal that has engulfed the Sayreville High School football program, state Senate Democratic leaders are expected this week to introduce new legislation that would designate specific professional groups legally required to report child abuse.

MD: Construction giant’s move shines spotlight on Maryland-Virginia business rivalry

washingtonpost.com

Bechtel is moving a large chunk of jobs from Maryland to Virginia, the second time in three years that the company is doing so, at a time when Maryland is vying with its neighbors to attract and retain businesses amid a sputtering local economy.

PA: Divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court mulls action in porn scandal

mcall.com

A divided Pennsylvania Supreme Court is expected early this week to decide what to do about one of its justices caught up in a scandal over pornographic emails sent among state employees.

ID: Idaho police say military-style weapons are needed

idahostatejournal.com

Southeast Idaho law enforcement officials said the military equipment provided to states by the Pentagon’s controversial surplus property program played a vital role in protecting not only officers, but also civilians in a standoff with an armed suspect last month on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.

TX: Texas schools face fears of Ebola, lagging attendance

texastribune.org

Fear over possible exposure to Ebola has triggered campus closures in some Texas school districts and additional safety measures at many more in the almost three weeks since a Dallas hospital diagnosed the first case of Ebola in the U.S.

KY: A flip in the Kentucky House could usher in wave of policy change

courier-journal.com

Although attention is focused on Kentucky's race for the U.S. Senate, the average Kentuckian's life could be more significantly and immediately affected by the outcomes of key races for the Kentucky House on Nov. 4.

LA: Does Louisiana have a budget surplus?

nola.com 

Louisiana spent between $141 million and $160 million more than it received through taxes, fees and other types of revenue. But Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration said it has found an extra pot of money, which the which the governor's office claims totals more than $300 million, that state legislators did not know existed.

TN: In Tennessee, time comes for a nuclear plant four decades in the making

nytimes.com

Electricity demand has not met projections, but the cost of upgrading coal-burning plants makes this an opportune moment for the nuclear reactor to arrive in Tennessee.

OR: Despite Oregon housing laws, some landlords still turn away tenants

oregonlive.com 

Even though such discrimination is illegal under Oregon fair housing laws, at least a dozen property owners still have a blanket policy against accepting Section 8 vouchers, which are intended to be used on the private rental market.

NM: State parental-leave law helps teen moms stay in school

nbcnews.com

New Mexico, the state with the highest rate of teen pregnancy, is attempting to change that, placing greater attention on keeping young parents in school, besides preventing teen pregnancies in the first place.

KS: Kansas' same-sex lawsuit focuses on taxes

kansascity.com 

Gay rights advocates around the country are watching to see how the case, which centers on marital status for state tax filing purposes, plays out.

OH: Ohio governor, health department urge stronger Ebola quarantine protocols

cleveland.com 

Republican Gov. John Kasich and the Ohio Department of Health recommend stronger quarantine protocols to restrict travel by those whose health is being monitored in the wake of an Ebola scare.

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