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  • November 11, 2014

VA: Virginia legislators nix plan to borrow from highway fund

washingtonpost.com

The Virginia General Assembly rejected a plan to dip into the state’s highway fund to close a budget gap, responding to fears that it threatened a broad $1.2 billion-a-year transportation funding overhaul approved in 2013.

LA: Funding plagues pre-K revamp

theadvocate.com

Louisiana is launching an ambitious overhaul of its pre-K system, but how to pay for it is a recurring problem. The issue is especially pressing amid a 58 percent funding cut in the Child Care Assistance Program, which helps low-income families pay for pre-K and child care while parents are at school, working or undergoing training.

MI: How Detroit Was Reborn

freep.com

An in-depth news report shows how, one by one, like soldiers switching sides in the midst of battle, the major players and creditors at war with Detroit dropped their objections and joined a "grand bargain" to save the city.

TX: Bipartisan group of lawyers wants Perry case dismissed

texastribune.org

A bipartisan group of lawyers filed an amicus brief asking a judge to dismiss the abuse of power charges against Republican Gov. Rick Perry, because “the flaws in this indictment strike at the heart of the separation of powers doctrine enshrined in the Texas Constitution.”

NY: Report: 665 state, local government employees 'double dip'

poughkeepsiejournal.com

A total of 665 state and local government workers have permission to collect both a full-time salary and retirement payments, according to a new report.

SC: Federal judge looks favorably at same-sex couple’s suit

thestate.com

A federal judge has ruled that allegations by a Lexington couple that they have been harmed by South Carolina’s bans on recognizing same-sex marriages are serious enough that their lawsuit can go forward.

TN: Coal Ash prompts lawsuit against Tennessee Valley Authority

timesfreepress.com

Environmental groups contend that a 55-year-old Gallatin coal plant has improperly stored coal ash in unlined, unprotected ponds.

AK: How will legal marijuana work in rural Alaska?

alaskapublic.org

Early next year, Alaskans will be able to legally buy, transport, and use small amounts of marijuana. Municipalities have the option to ban the sale of marijuana, but they can’t restrict transportation or possession.

IA: State workers ask Iowa for 8 percent raise

desmoinesregister.com

The raise, over two years, would affect about 18,000 people who work for the state.

AZ: State to stop cancer research at Motorola Superfund Site

azcentral.com

State officials will stop studying instances of cancer and birth defects related to the Motorola Superfund site because of limitations on the data they are able to collect.

NM: Long-stalled voter ID legislation could get new life

abqjournal.com

Over the past decade, legislation introduced by Republicans to require voters to show photo identification at the polls died in committees run by Democrats. Next year could be different with the GOP takeover of the House in the election last week.

HI: Public asked to tell feds Hawaii needs its soldiers

staradvertiser.com

Hawaii and Honolulu officials are asking for the public's help in fending off a proposal that would reduce Army personnel in Hawaii by 20,000 and cost the state $1.35 billion.

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