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  • October 13, 2015

WI: Wisconsin trial tests gun store’s judgment on illegal sales

nytimes.com

A case brought by two Milwaukee police officers against a Wisconsin gun shop is part of a new wave of lawsuits that focus on gun shops and accuse them of knowingly permitting illegal sales or of being grossly negligent.

AR: State judge orders Arkansas to disclose source of execution drugs

arkansasonline.com

The ruling orders Arkansas to “identify or otherwise object to disclosure” of the manufacturers, distributor, seller or supplier of Arkansas’ three lethal injections drugs. The order gives the state until Oct. 21 to turn over the package inserts, shipping labels, laboratory test results and other information. Death row inmates are challenging the state's execution secrecy law.

MA: Massachusetts insurance companies cancel policies

bostonglobe.com

Insurance companies are sending more cancellation notices to Massachusetts homeowners who filed claims last winter after record-setting snow. The state doesn’t have laws governing when companies can decide against renewing a customer. 

SC: South Carolina lawmakers weigh emergency session on flood aid

thestate.com

No one is willing yet to put a price tag on damages from this month’s historic rains in South Carolina, but some state lawmakers are talking about reconvening to discuss paying for flood recovery.

CA: ‘You’re out,’ California says of chewing tobacco at professional ballparks

kron4.com

Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that prohibits the use of smokeless tobacco at California’s five professional baseball stadiums. The law takes aim at Major League Baseball players, who are considered a role model for youth. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates more than 500,000 teens between the ages of 12 and 17 try chewing tobacco annually.

MI: Michigan House may ban plastics in soaps that hurt Great Lakes

freep.com

The House is looking to ban the manufacture and sale of personal care products that contain plastic microbeads in Michigan. Nine states have passed laws since the middle of last year to phase out use of the tiny particles, which bypass water treatment plants and end up in lakes, oceans and rivers. 

GA: Immigrants seeking in-state tuition want Georgia Supreme Court to hear case

onlineathens.com

A group of young people brought to the U.S. illegally as children is asking Georgia’s highest court to overturn the dismissal of a lawsuit they filed seeking access to in-state tuition at the state’s colleges and universities. 

IN: Indiana considers limits on charter school loans

indystar.com

A proposal before the Indiana State Board of Education that could limit the amount a charter school can borrow from a new state loan program based on enrollment numbers is facing opposition and could leave some charter schools receiving less than they requested.

MO: Prescription painkiller abuse cases on the rise in Missouri

stlpublicradio.org

The rate of hospitalization due to the abuse of prescription opioids has increased by 137 percent over the past decade, according to a study from the Missouri Hospital Association. 

KS: English, elementary school teachers getting harder to find in Kansas

ljworld.com

The Kansas State Department of Education has released its list of the top five hard-to-fill teaching positions in Kansas, and it includes two fields that used to have ample supplies: elementary classroom teachers and middle school English language arts teachers.

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