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  • July 23, 2015

US: Moves taken on both coasts toward $15 minimum wage


The University of California and the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors took steps to raise the minimum wage to $15 over the next several years. New York similarly proposed a $15 minimum for fast-food workers. And the Washington, D.C., Board of Elections approved language on a ballot initiative that would raise the minimum in the District to $15 by 2020 if voters approve it.

ND. Appeals court approves tossing North Dakota’s ‘heartbeat’ abortion law


The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed a lower court ruling that struck down a North Dakota law that made it a felony for a doctor to perform an abortion when a fetal heartbeat can be detected.

NJ: New Jersey pension fund not expected to deliver projected return


New Jersey’s public pension system isn’t expected to meet its targeted return on investment for the fiscal year that ended in June. This time last year the fund, which is one of the most underfunded in the country, was worth $81 billion. It is estimated to end the most recent fiscal year at $78 billion.

US: Cancer experts call for curbs on rising drug prices


National cancer experts urged curbs on the rapidly escalating price of oncology drugs, warning millions of Americans and their families are being affected by the high costs. A commentary signed by 118 top cancer doctors said that every new drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration last year was priced at more than $120,000 a year.

FL: Florida warned to stay away from armadillos


Florida health and wildlife officials are telling residents to steer clear of armadillos following a spike in leprosy cases. So far this year, nine cases have been reported by Florida residents, according to the state’s Department of Health.

AZ: Arizona governor sends sheriffs more money for border enforcement


Two Arizona border sheriffs are receiving more than $500,000 in extra state money to pay for border-security programs, staffing and safety equipment, fulfilling a campaign promise made by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

US: Parents are shelling out more for children to attend college


Parents opened their wallets more generously in the 2014-2015 school year, reclaiming their place as the primary source of college funding for the first time since 2010. A report released by Sallie Mae said parental savings and income now cover 32 percent of college costs. It was 37 percent in 2010.

IA: Iowa Gov. Branstad approves arming National Guard


Republican Gov. Terry Branstad authorized the Iowa National Guard to arm additional personnel at the organization’s facilities and recruiting centers following the deadly shootings at military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

TX: Texas water board set to approve $4 billion in projects


The Texas Water Development Board is poised to approve nearly $4 billion in financing for dozens of projects over the next decade to increase water supplies across the state.

RI: Rhode Island’s chief medical examiner put on leave


The state's chief medical examiner has been placed on leave as the Rhode Island Health Department deals with problems relating to the office's accreditation and backlog of cases.