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  • July 28, 2015

OK: Oklahoma Supreme Court: Ten Commandments monument must go

newsok.com

Justices rejected a last ditch attempt by the state to keep a Ten Commandments monument next to the Oklahoma Capitol, reaffirming their June decision that the 6-foot granite statue violates the state’s constitutional ban on using public property to benefit a religion.

US: US House won’t vote on Senate highway bill

reuters.com

Congress edged closer to an Aug. 1 cutoff of federal highway construction money, as House leaders said they would leave town at the end of the week without taking up a 6-year Senate highway bill that includes an extension of the Export-Import Bank.

AZ: Arizona private-school families cash in on state's tax-credit program

azcentral.com

Arizona created the nation’s first tax credit for private education 18 years ago in a move hailed by school-choice advocates and replicated across the country. But a program that was once estimated to cost $4.5 million a year now tops $140 million.

CA: California lawmakers consider proposals on sexual assaults on campus

latimes.com

Lawmakers want to bring more consistency to California college policies on sexual assault. Several proposals have been made, including one that would require institutions to develop standards for handling offenses and regularly report information on disciplinary action taken against offenders.

AR: More farmers, fewer lawyers making Arkansas laws

arkansasonline.com

Agriculture is now the most common profession among Arkansas lawmakers. As the Capitol's number of farmers has climbed from nine to 18 in the past decade, the number of lawyers —traditionally the most common profession for legislators — has dropped from 23 to 14.

OH: Ohio pushes inmates to sign up for Medicaid

dispatch.com

State agencies are aggressively pushing to get a majority of the 21,000 people released from prison in Ohio each year enrolled in Medicaid so that they can qualify for care upon their release.

NJ: New Jersey public pension funds sue state over contribution shortfall

philly.com

New Jersey’s three largest public worker pension funds are suing the state for billions of dollars, claiming it breached contracts by contributing less money than planned.

ID: Idaho governor appoints cyber task force to fight hackers

idahostatesman.com

Republican Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter created a task force to develop policies, programs and strategies to find vulnerabilities and prevent attacks against Idaho state government’s computer networks.

TX: More Texans seeking treatment for meth abuse

texastribune.org

A growing number of Texans are seeking treatment for methamphetamine addiction, reversing a downward trend in abuse in the state since a 2006 federal law banned over-the-counter sales of medicine containing the synthetic drug pseudoephedrine, used to make meth.

NY: New York’s LaGuardia Airport will get $4 billion overhaul

nytimes.com

LaGuardia Airport, whose dilapidated terminals and long, unenviable record of traveler delays have made the New York City airport a target of jokes and complaints for decades, will be completely rebuilt by 2021, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced.

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