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  • October 23, 2014

TX: With new rules, Texas Longhorns would pay each player $10,000

dallasnews.com

The University of Texas will spend nearly $6 million a year to comply with a string of recent court rulings requiring colleges to be more generous to their scholarship athletes. The money will pay for college expenses not covered by a traditional full scholarship and give each player $5,000 in compensation for the university’s use of his image.

KS: Three states deny gay unions despite appellate rulings

kansas.com

Officials in Kansas, Montana and South Carolina are refusing to allow same-sex couples to obtain marriage licenses without a court order, despite a federal appeals court ruling that preventing the marriages is unconstitutional.

CA: California ballot measure pits doctors against lawyers

ocregister.com

Supporters of Proposition 46 – mostly trial lawyers and consumer advocates – say it would make doctors and hospitals more accountable and help patients harmed by medical negligence. Opponents – mostly doctors, hospitals and insurance companies – say it would increase health care costs, create more lawsuits and drive physicians out of California.

PA: University of Pittsburgh study correlates autism with air pollution

post-gazette.com

Preliminary results from the study show that children with autism spectrum disorders were more likely to have been exposed to higher levels of certain hazardous air pollutants during their mothers’ pregnancies and their first two years of life, according to the Pitt Graduate School of Public Health investigation.

WV: West Virginia tracking system helps drive down sales of meth-making drug

charlestondailymail.com

West Virginia's software tracking system is driving down sales of the meth-making drug pseudoephedrine.

VA: Legislators: Is price of college degree worth debt?

timesdispatch.com

Key lawmakers on General Assembly budget committees urged new members of Virginia university boards to consider the impact of athletics on college costs and to question whether the degrees they confer are worth the debt students take on.

ID: State insurance program to launch own technology

idahostatejournal.com

Idaho's will launch its own state health insurance exchange in time for the open enrollment period that starts Nov. 15. Idaho had used the federal government's exchange last year.

MN: Judge won’t stop state from negotiating with home care workers union

startribune.com

The state’s chief federal judge refused to stop the state from negotiating a contract with newly unionized home health care workers, saying it was unlikely union opponents will win their case in court. The National Right to Work Foundation filed for the injunction to delay negotiations.

OH: Attorney general could ban synthetic drugs under proposed Ohio law

cleveland.com

The bipartisan House bill would allow the attorney general to impose an immediate one-year ban on any compound believed to be an imminent hazard to public safety.

OR: State opens Ebola response center

oregonlive.com

Oregon Public Health officials have opened an operations center in the department's main building in Northeast Portland to serve as ground zero in the event anyone in the state is diagnosed with Ebola

LA: Louisiana falling behind rest of nation on energy efficiency efforts, report says

nola.com

Louisiana continues to lag behind much of the nation when it comes to saving energy, with few policies on the books to promote smarter energy use among residents and businesses, a new report says.

AK: Governor to sign Alaska Native languages bill

adn.com

The legislation to recognize 20 Alaska Native languages as official state languages does not create any new requirements for translation but is deeply symbolic. It elicited impassioned testimony in legislative committees, strong floor speeches by legislators, and a demonstration in a Capitol hallway.

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