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  • November 24, 2014

WA: Seattle council to vote on funding Internet access at homeless camps


A Seattle council vote today will determine whether part of the proposed $100,000 in the upcoming city budget earmarked to improve conditions at homeless camps will include access to the Internet to allow homeless individuals to look for jobs, communicate and keep up with news.

RI: Hunger in Rhode Island: Demand straining food banks


One in seven Rhode Island households can’t afford adequate food, says a new report by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. A fifth of those are caring for a sick family member.

ND: Where oil and politics mix


After an unusual land deal, a giant spill and a tanker train explosion, anxiety began to ripple across the North Dakota prairie. Until recently, those few who dared to challenge the brisk pace of oil development were treated as killjoys. But over the past year, the dynamic seemed to be shifting.

DC: Marion Barry’s death stuns Washington, D.C., the city he personified


From the White House to city hall, Washington’s political establishment commemorated Marion Barry’s passing with statements that often alluded to the varying trajectories of the former mayor’s life.

NJ: New Jersey lottery missing goals with private operator


Three months after Illinois declared the first privately run U.S. state lottery a failure, New Jersey’s similar experiment is faltering, endangering a program that supports schools and the disabled.

WI: State bodies differ on concealed-weapons permits for some felons


Legislative attorneys say Wisconsin's Justice Department is allowing concealed-weapons permits to be issued to felons whose criminal records have been expunged, which is not allowed under state law.

OH: Ohio lawmakers move on speed cameras, abortion, death penalty bills


The Ohio Legislature is moving on some controversial bills, including all but banning speed cameras and passing a "heartbeat" abortion ban, in the waning weeks of its legislative session.

WV: Wallet-size cards now issued for West Virginia end-of-life instructions


West Virginia's agency that allows people to register do-not-resuscitate and other end-of-life preferences now issues wallet-size cards to alert healthcare workers in emergencies.

OR: Oregon's mail-in ballots prove effective


One reason Oregon consistently ranks among the top turnouts in the nation is that ballots are sent by mail to registered voters three weeks before the election, and voters can take time making their election choices, officials say.

SD: Panel: Calls didn’t violate open-meeting laws


Officials from a rural South Dakota school district didn't violate open-meeting laws even though they exchanged phone calls before suspending a superintendent, the state's Open Meetings Commission has found.