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  • November 13, 2014

ME: Portland freezes hiring ahead of probable $3 million loss of state aid over immigration dispute

pressherald.com

The city of Portland has frozen hiring and nonemergency overtime in anticipation of losing more than $3 million in state funds because the city continues to provide assistance to undocumented immigrants in violation of a new Maine policy promulgated by Republican Gov. Paul LePage.

AL: Plaintiffs in race-based challenge of Alabama's redistricting face tough questions

al.com

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan made it clear Wednesday that she believes there is sufficient evidence that the Alabama Legislature improperly packed black residents into majority-minority districts to diminish their influence elsewhere.

GA: Student fees waived for military members at Georgia’s public colleges

ajc.com

Current military members attending Georgia’s public colleges and universities will not have to pay mandatory student fees under a waiver approved by the state’s Board of Regents, eliminating a “major barrier” to attending college.

MO:  $4.5 billion Cerner campus groundbreaking in Missouri should create positive tremors

bizjournals.com

The project is the largest economic development project in the Missouri's history. In addition to the $4.45 billion campus development, the project will generate 4,500 construction jobs and 16,000 new Cerner jobs during the next decade.

MS: Candidate who drew short straw wants Mississippi law change

clarionledger.com

A city alderman in Poplarville, Mississippi who lost her election because a tie was determined by drawing a straw wants the state law changed, saying the method is archaic. The law also allows flipping a coin to break ties.

AR: Arkansas governor to pardon son for felony drug conviction

arkansasnews.com

Outgoing Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe told Little Rock television station KATV he plans to pardon his now 34-year-old son, who received 3 years of supervised probation and a fine for possession of marijuana with intent to deliver in 2003.

ID: State is latest to launch its own health insurance exchange

kaiserhealthnews.org

Idaho will be one of a dozen states, along with Washington, D.C., to run its own online marketplace this year — and the only one whose state government is completely controlled by Republicans.

KS: Governor reveals proposals for Kansas’ water problems

cjonline.com

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback unfurled a nearly completed 50-year plan containing dozens of proposals – some of which will be expensive – to meet Kansas’ agricultural irrigation and drinking supply needs.

CA: Federal court upholds concealed gun law

utsandiego.com

Law-abiding Californians are one step closer to being able to carry concealed firearms for protection, and nearly 1,600 people have applied for concealed-carry gun licenses since February.

TX: Abbott comes out – warily – for business tax break

dallasnews.com

Republican Gov.-elect Greg Abbott says he would like to grant businesses at least some relief from the state’s unpopular “margins tax,” and possibly repeal it. But he was careful not to promise that he and the legislature could deliver a business tax break next session.

OR: Who uses the Oregon’s Death with Dignity law

oregonlive.com

Oregon's first-in-the-nation Death with Dignity law turned 20 this month, establishing a substantial record of who dies and why.

KS: Gay marriage now legal in Kansas

ljworld.com

The U.S. Supreme Court authorized same-sex marriages to go forward in Kansas, lifting the stay one justice had granted on an order from a district court in Kansas City.

FL: Questioned on trips and lobbyists, attorney general defends her record

tampabay.com

Republican Attorney General Pam Bondi, who was re-elected for another four years, faced questions stemming from a spate of stories about a series of trips she has taken where out-of-state lobbyists have access to her and her staff.

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