What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/28

  • July 28, 2016

US: Number of law enforcement officers fatally shot this year up significantly

washingtonpost.com

Through last week, 32 officers were shot and killed in the line of duty, according to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund. On average, about 25 officers have been shot and killed by the midyear point over the last decade, FBI data show.

US: A new threat in fight against overdoses: elephant sedative

ap.org

A drug used to sedate elephants and other large animals, 100 times as potent as the fentanyl already escalating the country’s heroin troubles, is suspected in spates of overdoses in several states, where authorities say they’ve found it mixed with or passed off as heroin.

AL: Alabama governor seeks lottery vote, reigniting an old debate

nytimes.com

Republican Gov. Robert Bentley reignited one of Alabama’s most bitterly contested issues by calling for a special session to seek a referendum on creating a lottery. The matter could go before voters as soon as November.

TX: New Texas abortion booklet revisions called even more inaccurate

texastribune.org

Texas health officials are revising a controversial booklet that doctors are required to give to women seeking abortions. But some medical experts say the new version contains even more misinformation than the old one, which made erroneous connections between abortions and breast cancer and infertility.

US: Live in the South? You’re less likely to smoke pot

usatoday.com

In the South, people are more likely to see some kind of risk in smoking pot once a month — anything from developing health trouble, brain slowdown, psychosis, or trouble finding or holding down a job, according to a new study.

WI: Wisconsin faces nearly $1 billion shortfall on roads

jsonline.com

The nearly $1 billion gap over two years on transportation funding is likely to roil the debate over whether Wisconsin lawmakers should cut projects, raise the gas tax or registration fees, or find a new way to help pay for roads.

NH: In New Hampshire, disagreement over reporting mental illness for background checks

unionleader.com

The state Attorney General says a new provision in the Medicaid expansion law requires New Hampshire to begin reporting the names of dangerously mentally ill people to the FBI gun-buyers background check database, but the state court system disagrees.

OH: Ohio prison inmates to build new state park cabins

toledoblade.com

Ohio’s prisons system and Natural Resources Department have signed an agreement allowing inmates to build new versions of the state’s most popular park cabin.

MN: University of Minnesota to set up sex-assault panel

startribune.com

The University of Minnesota is creating a special panel of students, faculty members and staff to decide if students accused of sexual assault should be disciplined, part of an effort to cope with an upsurge in complaints about sexual misconduct on campus.

AR: U.S. accuses Arkansas store owners of using food stamps to buy inventory

arkansasonline.com

The federal government is seeking forfeiture of nearly $157,000 from the owners of three Arkansas convenience stores, saying that they used federal nutrition program cards to buy inventory. 

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