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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/4

Top State Stories 10/4

PR: Why aid to Puerto Rico isn’t getting to Puerto Ricans

nytimes.com

Two weeks after Hurricane Maria split apart Puerto Rico, basic aid is arriving in San Juan and reaching more remote towns. But some families say that they are still receiving only meager portions, and overburdened local mayors have been left to figure out how to haul supplies to their small communities.

IL: More Illinois students leave state to go to college

sj-r.com

Illinois has the second-highest rate nationally of college freshmen choosing to leave the state to pursue higher education — a mark it hit even before the state’s two-year budget impasse — and preliminary figures this fall suggest the numbers continue to look grim. Only New Jersey, which also has had state budget woes, exceeded Illinois in loss of students to out-of-state schools.

MD: First Maryland medical cannabis crop grown but not yet for sale

baltimoresun.com

The first crop in Maryland’s long-delayed medical cannabis program is mature and waiting for testing, but it is still unclear when patients could buy it. And industry officials caution that when it is ready for sale, there will not be nearly enough to meet market demand.

MI: Michigan GOP Senate majority leader pushes new private police forces

detroitnews.com

Michigan would authorize a new class of private and for-profit police agencies with full arrest powers under legislation proposed by Republican Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof.

OH: School bullies could face criminal charges under Ohio bill

cincinnati.com

In Ohio, school bullies who repeatedly torment their victims would face criminal charges under a new proposal from a Democratic lawmaker.

TX: Emails show local officials in Texas seething at Red Cross response to Harvey

texastribune.org

Emails obtained by ProPublica show that some Texas county officials were irritated at the Red Cross’ response following Hurricane Harvey. The charity has seen its staff shrink in recent years.

KY: Kentucky governor and GOP leaders could release early pension reform plan within days

courier-journal.com

Republican Gov. Matt Bevin and leaders of the Kentucky General Assembly's Republican majorities are likely to release the framework for pension reform legislation either later this week or next week.

DC: Paid family leave may be law in District of Columbia, but details still up for debate

wamu.org

It’s been almost a year since a supermajority of the District of Columbia Council approved a bill guaranteeing workers in D.C. up to eight weeks of paid family leave, but legislators will reopen debate on the issue and consider a number of measures that could change who’s on the hook for funding the leave program — and what they’ll have to pay.

NH: To one New Hampshire fiscal hawk, cameras in committee rooms would be money well spent

nhpr.com

New Hampshire State Rep. James McConnell, a Republican, thinks outfitting all House committee rooms with cameras to record all of the legislative sausage-making that often goes unseen would be money well spent.

CA: California marijuana grow houses account for bulk of U.S. indoor plants seized

sacbee.com

California’s illegally grown marijuana, once largely produced in national forests and other outdoor locations, is increasingly found indoors. In 2016, authorities seized 313,000 plants from indoor operations in California, which made up 75 percent of all indoor plants taken nationwide, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

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