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  • November 02, 2015

NY: In two New York corruption cases, the culture of Albany will go on trial

nytimes.com

In separate federal courthouses in Lower Manhattan this month, two of the most powerful men in New York are about to go on trial, an extraordinary spectacle centering on allegations of corruption, bribery and nepotism in the highest chambers of state political power.

IA: Iowa figures out how to make medicinal marijuana practical

iowawatch.org

A 2014 Iowa law allowed the use cannabidiol to treat intractable epilepsy. But the act leaves out two important pieces to the story: where caregivers and patients can obtain the substance and what’s being done for those who want medical marijuana but don’t have epilepsy.

LA: Louisiana governor will propose midyear cuts to close budget gap

nola.com

Louisiana is expected to downgrade its tax collection and other revenue projections because of falling oil prices. Four months into the current fiscal cycle, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal and state legislators must close a budget hole of $412 million to $622 million. 

TX: Firms vying to help Texas build gold depository

texastribune.org

More than a dozen companies responded to a recent request from the Texas comptroller for input on how the state should set up a planned gold bullion depository, which would be the first state-level facility of its kind in the nation.

WI: Bill to regulate kickboxing, other combat sports in Wisconsin to get hearing

jsonline.com

Wisconsin legislators will hold a hearing this week on a bill that would regulate kickboxing and other combat sports in the state. The bill was introduced after the death of a kickboxer who collapsed after his amateur debut last year in an unregulated bout.

AZ: Arizona governor signs education bills

azcentral.com

Republican Gov. Doug Ducey signed a trio of bills that would settle a K-12 funding dispute, if voters agree, and clear the path for other education initiatives in Arizona. A special election has been slated for May 17 to enact the constitutional changes needed to complete the settlement.

CO: Colorado communities trying to lift limits on municipal broadband

denverpost.com

Voters in 26 Colorado cities and towns, along with 17 counties, Tuesday will decide whether to lift a 2005 law that prohibits local governments from getting into the broadband Internet game. The law was intended to ensure that private Internet providers weren't forced to compete with government-funded data networks.

DC: More families living in D.C. shelters than ever before

washingtonpost.com

More than 700 homeless families are living in shelters and overflow motel rooms in the District of Columbia as officials try to get ahead of the expected surge in people seeking shelter when temperatures dip below freezing.

WY: Environmentalists call for federal involvement in Wyoming mine reclamation

billingsgazette.com

There are growing calls for Washington to intervene following a deal between Wyoming regulators and the bankrupt coal miner Alpha Natural Resources that left the vast majority of the company's $411 million cleanup bill unsecured. 

OR, WA: More E. coli cases linked to Chipotle in Oregon, Washington

seattletimes.com

Chipotle has voluntarily closed all its restaurants in Oregon and Washington after 22 people had become sick from E. coli. Seventeen of them had eaten at a Chipotle during the past few weeks.

TN: Tennessee community college program remains popular

tennessean.com

High school students can apply for two free years of community or technical college in exchange for fulfilling requirements such as volunteer work. So far about 54,000 Tennessee students have applied, slightly more than had applied at the same time last year, when the program started.

IN: Indiana tax amnesty program raising millions

indystar.com

Indiana’s second tax amnesty period in the past decade is on track to at least meet a $90 million tax-collection goal that would largely be funneled to a program spearheaded by Republican Gov. Mike Pence that’s aimed at spurring economic development partnerships between counties and cities.

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