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  • November 04, 2014

US: Governors seeking re-election face dissatisfied voters


More than 30 governors' races will be decided today, with more than a dozen considered too close to call and a large number of incumbents struggling to defend their economic policies as they seek to remain in office.

WV: West Virginia state computers struck in cyberattack


West Virginia state employees have been put on alert for suspicious emails after a malicious software attack put 1,144 government computers out of service.

ME: Thousands of Mainers without power for Election Day


Central Maine Power Co. reported this morning that nearly 50,000 customers were still without power after Sunday’s snowstorm. Secretary of State Matt Dunlap encouraged people to plan to vote as usual in hopes that power is restored by 8 p.m. Some towns had already relocated polling places.

SC: South Carolina permits liquor sales for first time on Election Day


Depending on whether South Carolina residents like the outcome of today’s elections, they — for the first time — can celebrate or mourn with a bottle of liquor.

KS: Kansas enters fall hunting season short of game wardens


Retirements, short staffing and stagnant pay have left Kansas with fewer game wardens this fall to protect the game that drives the state’s $400 million hunting industry as well as protected species such as bald eagles and whooping cranes.

KY: Health care professionals work to cut high ATV death rate


Kentucky leads the nation in deaths involving all-terrain vehicles, and its injury incidence also ranks high, prompting some health care professionals to start to attack the problem.

MS: Mississippi could delay sports cuts in troubled schools


Mississippi's education board may make it easier for troubled school districts that lose their accreditation to keep competing in high school sports.

TX: If adopted, Denton fracking ban would face legal tests


The oil and gas industry, the state and landowners are already threatening to try to block enactment of the anti-hydraulic-fracturing measure — the first proposed in Texas — if Denton voters approve it today.

GA: High court to hear water case against state


The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a Florida lawsuit that seeks to cap Georgia’s withdrawals from the Chattahoochee River — an unexpected setback for Georgia in the long-running dispute.

AL: GOP will meet behind closed doors to pick next speaker


The Alabama Republican House Caucus will meet Thursday to choose its next speaker of the House. Among those under consideration will be current speaker Mike Hubbard, who was indicted last month on 23 counts of using his office for personal gain.

NC: State DOT wants to collect rent on rights of way


The state Department of Transportation wants to turn North Carolina’s humble highway shoulders into steady money-makers.

CA: As California undergoes sweeping demographic change, voting plummets


Voting experts project that today’s general election could be the first in which turnout falls below 50 percent. That's a far cry from the record 80 percent that cast ballots in 1958, when Democrat Pat Brown beat the GOP's William Knowland in what was then a Republican-leaning state.