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  • November 18, 2014

MO: Missouri governor declares emergency, readies National Guard ahead of grand jury announcement

stltoday.com

Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon is preparing to send the Missouri National Guard to help maintain order in the St. Louis region when a grand jury decision is announced in the Michael Brown shooting case.

MT: Governor proposes Montana budget with new form of Medicaid expansion

billingsgazette.com

Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock’s proposed budget for the 2016-2017 biennium includes a new way to expand Medicaid, a voluntary pre-kindergarten program and a $300 million commitment for infrastructure projects statewide.

MN: Minnesota courts seeing unprecedented influx of new judges

startribune.com

Because of a large number of vacancies from mandatory retirement at 70, or judges’ desire to leave the bench earlier, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton has been able to appoint 76 judges, or more than 25 percent of the judges serving in the state’s 10 judicial districts.

FL: Historic black Florida town slated for luxury shopping development

reuters.com

The oldest black town in America, Eatonville in central Florida, where a quarter of the residents live below the poverty line, is set to vote tonight on a plan to transform the community into a luxury shopping destination for the ultra-rich.

OH: Ohio lawmakers propose fertilizer limits to stop toxic sliming of Lake Erie

cleveland.com

Lawmakers have proposed major new rules designed to reduce the phosphorus runoff that promotes toxic Lake Erie algal blooms, including restrictions on when northwest Ohio farmers could use fertilizer and manure.

AL: Alabama has most homeless children in U.S.

montgomeryadvertiser.com

Alabama has been ranked worst in a state-by-state report that looks at the number of homeless children in the U.S.

LA: Obamacare forces Louisiana public schools to scramble for substitute teachers

theadvocate.com

The Affordable Care Act requires employers to offer health insurance to part-time workers who are employed 30 hours or more a week, or face federal fines of up to $2,000 per person. Superintendents said this is a huge expense for school districts still reeling from five years of a near freeze in state aid.

UT: Utah civic leaders launch unified drive for transportation funding

sltrib.com

Cities, counties and businesses statewide have launched a drive to increase transportation funding that could include recommending tax hikes or other changes before the legislature convenes in January.

WI: Wisconsin would join electric car tax trend

lacrossetribune.com

The state Department of Transportation is recommending Wisconsin join five other states in placing special fees on electric and hybrid vehicles. The $50 annual charge, which would raise about $4 million a year, is part of $751 million in new taxes and fees proposed by the department to pay for road projects.

MI: He helped rescue New York. Next up: Detroit

freep.com 

Richard Ravitch played a key role in pulling New York City back from the financial brink in 1975. Nearly 40 years later, the watchdogs working to make sure Detroit stays on the straight and narrow after bankruptcy will be hearing doses of Ravitch’s brash and blunt advice.

ME: Trustees consider worst-case scenario for University of Maine finances as debt grows

pressherald.com

The University of Maine system could hit a projected $90 million deficit by 2020, according to the latest five-year financial projection presented to the board of trustees, which is considering ways to close the gap.

WV: West Virginia has trouble filling state prison jobs

wvgazette.com

West Virginia’s Division of Corrections has ongoing trouble filling jobs in state prisons in rural areas, partly because of location and partly because other better-paying jobs are available.

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