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  • July 27, 2015

LA: Louisiana’s Jindal says other states should follow Louisiana and tighten gun laws


Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana called for tougher gun laws in other states, breaking his silence on the issue three days after a gunman with a history of mental illness and violence opened fire in a movie theater in Louisiana’s fourth-largest city.

US: Judge: Detaining immigrant children violates US agreement


A federal judge has ruled that the U.S. Department of Justice's current system of detaining children with their mothers after they have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border violates an 18-year-old court settlement that bars immigrant children from being held even with a parent.

RI: Offshore wind power gets foothold with Rhode Island project


Rhode Island's Deepwater Wind will start installing the foundations for North America's first offshore wind farm Monday, a milestone the company says could pave the way for an industry long established in Europe but that is still struggling with opposition in the United States.

CO: New Sagebrush Rebellion takes root in Colorado


Not since the Sagebrush Rebellion in 1979 has the debate over whether it's time for federal lands to fall to states' control gained such attention in Colorado and much of the rest of the West. Eight states considered 30 bills on the issue this year, including three in Colorado.

AZ: Facial recognition helps Arizona fight ID fraud


The Arizona Department of Transportation has increased the number of potential fraudulent driver’s licenses and state ID card cases it has detected by about 860 percent since implementing facial-recognition technology earlier this year.

US: Raising the minimum wage pushes the economy into the unknown


The fight for a $15 minimum wage has gained momentum in New York, California and other places around the country in recent months. But as a national strategy to raise incomes at the bottom of the pay scale, it faces major obstacles, both political and economic.

FL: Florida sees jump in new HIV cases


The number of reported HIV cases in Florida has risen 23 percent this year, a jump that’s part of an upward trend. Florida’s rise in new HIV infections may be unusual. As of 2013, new cases had long been declining in California, and as of 2014, new cases were flat in Texas.

WI: Wisconsin lawmakers make move to ban sale of fetal body parts


Wisconsin’s Republican legislators are proposing measures that would ban the sale, donation and use of body parts of unborn fetuses and require that the remains be buried or cremated.

UT: Utah’s recreation taxes a hit with counties and cities


Utah’s local recreation sales tax — set at a penny for every $10 spent — has proven a popular way to finance arts, parks and recreation programs since its inception last year.

KS: Kansas’ Brownback misstates teachers’ pay in his state compared to Missouri


Republican Gov. Sam Brownback incorrectly contended that Kansas was spending more than $7,000 more on the average teacher than neighboring Missouri. Brownback, however, included benefits in the comparison for Kansas teachers’ pay, but not Missouri’s — which alters the equation and puts Missouri teachers ahead.

IL: Gubernatorial campaign’s use of gift cards questioned


In the days leading up to Illinois Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner's election last fall, his campaign handed out thousands of $25, $50 and $75 gift cards to people helping get the vote out for him, raising questions about what needs to be disclosed under campaign finance law and whether someone is still a volunteer when they get paid.