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  • September 15, 2015

VA: Virginia sued for third time over redistricting maps


Virginia residents sued state elections officials over redistricting maps drawn by the General Assembly in 2011. Residents argue that the election maps are designed to protect incumbents.

OH: Ohio’s Common Core test results: Little more than a third met standards


Little more than a third of Ohio students in most elementary and middle school grades met the higher academic standards on the new Common Core tests this year, early test results show.

CA: California assisted suicide bill heads to governor’s desk


The California Legislature has passed a bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide. It’s now up to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown to decide whether or not to sign it.

PA: Number of homeless students on the rise in Pennsylvania


The number of homeless children who go to public schools in Pennsylvania increased by more than double the national average between the 2012-13 and 2013-14 school years. There were 22,765 homeless students in the state in during the 2013-14 academic year.

UT: In Utah, booze is booming and changes may be looming


Booze is a booming business in Utah, with people drinking more and spending substantially more—better than double since 2002—on wine and liquor.

HI: Hawaii isn’t posting adult care inspection reports


The Hawaii Department of Health is required to publish inspection reports for adult and long-term care facilities online, but officials say they don’t have enough resources to do so.

LA: New Orleans mayor to remain free during appeal


The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu can remain free while his overriding contempt of court appeal is being resolved.

TN: Meth production down sharply in Tennessee as Mexican product takes over


Methamphetamine lab seizures are down 48 percent in Tennessee and also down sharply in other states where such labs are prevalent. The drug's use has not diminished but Mexican imports are taking over the market, experts say.

MN: Minnesota seeks tax payments on RVs


More than 80 cases of Minnesotans buying RVs in other states to avoid paying taxes have been resolved in recent years.

NV: Nevada won’t reopen health care enrollment stores this year


The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange will not operate brick-and-mortar enrollment stores during this year's sign-up period for government-subsidized health insurance in Nevada.

KS: Kansas offers intoxicating auction


The state has set up an online auction to sell off a truckload of liquor confiscated by regulators. A caveat: The merchandise is only available for bidding by holders of Kansas retail or wholesale liquor licenses.

MI: Bubonic plague case confirmed in Michigan


A Michigan resident has contracted the rare, life-threatening bubonic plague—the first documented case in Michigan’s public health history.