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  • December 05, 2014

GA: Georgia Supreme Court ruling invalidates thousands of arrest warrants

ajc.com

Judges across Georgia are canceling tens of thousands of arrest warrants tied to misdemeanor probation cases, the result of a new Supreme Court decision that has upended the way courts handle low-level offenders accused of skipping out on probation requirements.

LA: Louisiana fracking tax incentives criticized as rebates could reach $1 billion a year

theadvocate.com

For 15 years, a Louisiana tax break for horizontal drilling had little impact on tax receipts — or on oil and gas production. But everything changed when energy companies in the last decade figured out how to combine the drilling with hydraulic fracturing, making gas and oil reserves locked in shale rock deposits accessible.

OH: Justice Department wants sweeping changes in Cleveland Police Department

cleveland.com

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Justice Department delivered a scathing review of the Cleveland Police Department's use-of-force policies and practices, and said sweeping reforms must be put in place.

UT: Governor unveils his plan for covering Utahns in the health care “gap”

sltrib.com

Negotiated over several months with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the plan is designed to help those who don’t qualify for Medicaid and don’t qualify for health insurance subsidies in the federal marketplace.  

PA: Pennsylvania attorney general won't defend controversial gun law

philly.com

Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane, a Democrat, will not defend a new law that effectively stripped municipalities of the right to enact their own gun measures, raising the prospect that the controversial statute might not take hold.

NY: Mayor announces retraining of New York police

nytimes.com

Addressing the reaction to a grand jury’s decision not to indict a police officer in the death of Eric Garner, Mayor Bill de Blasio said he understood the frustration of so many and announced the retraining, which will require about 22,000 officers to complete a three-day course.

NJ: Bridge scandal report cannot determine if New Jersey governor involved

nj.com

The joint legislative panel investigating last year's controversial lane closures at the George Washington Bridge could not determine if Republican Gov. Chris Christie had any direct involvement, and suggests that a former aide to the governor may have violated state law.

TX: Ebola task force's report includes call for new facility

texastribune.org

In a new report, the Texas Task Force on Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response called for the establishment of a treatment facility specifically for children, among other recommendations.

KS: Kansas highway projects have green light, despite budget’s red ink

kansas.com

About $1.2 billion in Kansas highway projects set to begin in the next two years will proceed as scheduled despite the state’s looming budget hole.

MN: Minnesota budget surplus grows to $1 billion

startribune.com

The surplus is the result of higher tax revenues, mainly in sales and individual income tax collections, and reduced spending in health and human services, state officials said.

AK: High numbers of Alaska children in foster care

adn.com

A new look at the number of Alaska children in foster care finds that a push to reduce the count hasn’t happened, and the number of Alaska Native children in care remains shockingly high.

MI: Homeowners, oil industry at odds over residential drilling

freep.com

State lawmakers took on the contentious issue of oil and gas drilling in residential neighborhoods as industry leaders warned proposed legislation goes too far and residents' groups insisted it doesn't go far enough.

SD: New teacher pipeline is shrinking in South Dakota

argusleader.com

The number of South Dakota public school teachers who are eligible to retire this year is much higher than the number of prospective teachers, according to a new report.

AL: Legislator asks judge to block Alabama 'double dipping' law

al.com

An Alabama legislator has asked a judge to block a newly enforced state law that caused him to get fired from the state job he held for 19 years.

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