What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/28

  • June 28, 2016

TX: Despite Supreme Court ruling, shuttered Texas abortion clinics to remain closed for now


In the three years since Texas’ abortion restrictions became law, many shuttered clinics sold their buildings or let go of their leases. Some had to surrender their abortion facility licenses to the state, and will need to apply for a new one. They will also need to rehire staff and raise funds to acquire new medicine and equipment.

NC: Teacher raises, low college tuition, income tax cut in North Carolina budget


North Carolina teachers would get raises averaging 4.7 percent, other state employees would get a mix of across-the-board and merit raises, and income taxes would be cut under a $22.3 billion state budget compromise.

MS: Federal judge says Mississippi law creates inequality for gay marriage


Mississippi clerks cannot cite their own religious beliefs to recuse themselves from issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples, a federal judge said. The ruling means the state can't enforce part of a religious objections bill that was supposed to become law Friday.

US: Medical schools expand training to curb painkiller abuse


Medical schools are rethinking their training on opioids amid rising overdose deaths and criticism that they have inadvertently contributed to addiction problems. Federal health experts say physicians have been prescribing addictive opioid painkillers too often, and that poor training is frequently to blame.

MD: Growing medical marijuana could mean big business in Maryland


The people lining up to profit from Maryland’s legal medical-marijuana market include former sheriffs and state lawmakers, wealthy business executives and well-connected political donors. Nearly 150 businesses are competing for up to 15 cultivation licenses that will be awarded starting this summer.

CT: Connecticut deficit forecast increases


With the new fiscal year starting Friday, Connecticut’s nonpartisan fiscal office said the projected state budget deficit is $322.9 million for the current fiscal year. Officials expect the state's “rainy day fund” to fill the gap, potentially leaving just $83 million in the fund.

MI: Michigan governor signs education budget with private school aid


The $16.1 billion education budget signed into law by Democratic Gov. Rick Snyder includes $2.5 million for parochial and other private schools as reimbursement for government mandates such as safety drills and immunization reporting. Some public school advocates in Michigan say the provision violates the state’s constitution.

NJ: New Jersey governor expected to veto minimum wage bill


New Jersey lawmakers have agreed to raise the state’s minimum wage to $15 an hour, but Republican Gov. Chris Christie is expected to veto the measure.

PA: Private development may be headed for Pennsylvania parks


Private developers could potentially build everything from restaurants to amusement parks in Pennsylvania state parks under a proposal being considered by the Legislature.

NY: New York law expands breast cancer screening


New York is expanding access to breast cancer screening by requiring hospitals to extend hours for mammograms and prohibiting insurance companies from charging deductibles or copays for the procedure.

WA: Court says Washington state must fix salmon-blocking culverts


In a case that could have big implications for dams and other development in the Northwest, a federal appeals court panel upheld a lower court’s ruling that ordered Washington state to replace hundreds of culverts with more fish-friendly structures.