What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/13

  • September 13, 2016

NC: NCAA pulls championship events from North Carolina over ‘bathroom law’

newsobserver.com

Since the North Carolina legislature last March passed House Bill 2, which restricts transgender bathroom access and limits the civil rights and bathroom usage of the LGBT community, the state has lost the NBA All-Star Game, Bruce Springsteen and other concerts and conventions, and millions of dollars in revenue.

PA: Faculty at Pennsylvania universities vote for strike

philly.com

Citing workload, salary cuts and the cost of health insurance, 93 percent of the faculty at the 14 universities in the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education voted to give union leaders the authority to call a strike, which would be the first in the 105,000-student system's history.

LA: Louisiana governor increases federal flood aid request

theadvocate.com

Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards is asking the White House for $800 million more in federal aid in response to the catastrophic flooding that has hit Louisiana — even before winning approval of his $2 billion initial ask. Edwards sent a letter to President Obama asking for more money for infrastructure efforts, as well as additional funds for mental health and support services for flood victims.

OK: More women sent to Oklahoma prisons

oklahomawatch.org

Despite years of concern over Oklahoma’s high rate of female incarceration, the number of women sent to prison last year rose by 9.5 percent, from 1,593 to 1,744, even as the number of men imprisoned fell by about 1 percent, to 8,282.

WI: Wisconsin offers aid to entrepreneurs

postcrescent.com

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has announced plans to award a total of $500,000 to about 10 business development groups in cities or rural areas where startup funding is not widely available. The new statewide grant program was announced after a national foundation ranked Wisconsin the worst in the U.S. for startup activity for the second year running.

NY: New York extends deadline for Sept. 11 health claims

ap.org

New York state has reopened the window for workers and volunteers seeking lost wages and medical benefits from their involvement in the rescue, recovery and cleanup at the World Trade Center after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. A law signed by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo extends the claims filing deadline, which lapsed two years ago, until Sept. 11, 2018.

OR: Lead levels in Portland under scrutiny oregonlive.com

Federal regulators say Portland needs to take action on its lingering lead problem. The declaration comes as officials in the Oregon city study corrosion problems that cause lead release and consider water treatment options that may not be instituted until 2022, if at all.

KS: Kansas pension fund suffers low earnings

ljworld.com

Kansas' public employee pension fund earned almost nothing from its investments last year, just .2 percent, far short of the 8 percent target. But it was buoyed by $1 billion in cash that the state borrowed to shore up the fund.

CA: California voters support initiative to legalize recreational use of marijuana, poll finds

latimes.com

Six years after a similar initiative was rejected, a clear majority of California voters supports a measure on the November ballot that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana in their state, according to a new poll. The favorable view of Proposition 64, which would legalize personal use, extends across most lines of age, race, income and gender.

WY: Wyoming voters to decide allocation of state investments

billingsgazette.com

Wyoming voters will decide in November whether to change the state constitution to allow the investment of billions more dollars of state funds in the stock market. The state constitution currently restricts investment of many state funds to bonds.

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