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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 5/24

Top State Stories 5/24

US: These are the states that see natural disasters again and again 

nytimes.com 

About 90 percent of the total damage from major natural disasters in the past 16 years occurred in ZIP codes that contain less than 20 percent of the population, according to an analysis of data from the Small Business Administration by The New York Times

AZ: Uber shuts down self-driving operations in Arizona after crash 

azcentral.com 

Uber is shutting down its self-driving car tests in Arizona, where one of the cars was involved in a fatal crash with a pedestrian in March. The company notified about 300 Arizona workers in the self-driving program that they were being terminated. 

MO: Missouri lawmakers OK measure to reduce surprise emergency room bills 

stltoday.com 

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that protects consumers from so-called “balance billing” — when a patient is on the hook for the remaining balance of an out-of-network bill from the ER their insurer has only partially paid. If signed by the governor, the measure will guard against the practice that can have significant financial consequences for patients. 

PA: Pennsylvania’s new long-term care program draws fire 

post-gazette.com 

Some of the 80,000 government-subsidized individuals enrolled in Pennsylvania’s Community HealthChoices program in 14 southwestern counties complained about a lack of transportation services, criticized the level of communication from their managed care organizations and fretted that those insurers will reduce their services after June 30. 

MS: Evers home first Mississippi civil rights site declared landmark 

clarionledger.com 

The house where Medgar and Myrlie Evers lived with their family will receive a plaque recognizing its National Historic Landmark Designation. The Medgar and Myrlie Evers House is the first Mississippi site from the modern civil rights movement to receive the national landmark designation. 

LA: Riverboat casinos are now allowed to operate on Louisiana land 

theadvocate.com 

With casino executives peering over his shoulder, Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards signed the law that allows Louisiana’s 15 riverboat casinos to operate onshore in a larger space for gambling. 

TN: Governor signs law banning Tennessee marriage of minors under 17 

tennessean.com 

Republican Gov. Bill Haslam signed a bill into law that prohibits the marriage of minors under the age of 17 in Tennessee. The governor's signature marks the conclusion of a monthslong campaign to end child marriage in the state. 

NV: Nevada rakes in $7 million in marijuana taxes in March

lasvegassun.com 

Tax revenue from marijuana sales in Nevada continues to climb, setting a new high of more than $7 million in March, the ninth month of legal recreational pot sales in the state. Revenues from pot taxes are outpacing the Nevada Department of Taxation’s expectations. 

TX: Texas leaders want safer schools, but upgrades are costly 

houstonchronicle.com 

Less than a week after the Santa Fe High School shooting that left 10 people dead and 13 others injured, political and education leaders across Texas are proposing ways to avoid the next campus shooting: more law enforcement officers, more counselors, more metal detectors. 

NY: Ambitious plan to fix New York City’s subway is already facing obstacles 

nytimes.com 

The New York subway’s new leader announced a $19 billion plan that includes an aggressive rollout of new signals on some of the city’s busiest lines and new elevators at 50 additional stations. But the plan’s success will depend in large part on whether Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo and other elected officials have the appetite to tackle a far-reaching and expensive plan. 

NJ: New Jersey OKs $300M annually to rescue nuclear industry 

washingtonpost.com 

Legislation that would authorize $300 million annually to rescue New Jersey’s nuclear energy industry — a request for financial help made by the state’s largest utility company — was signed into law. Gov. Phil Murphy, a Democrat, also signed a measure aimed at strengthening the state’s renewable energy goals. 

OR: Oregon taxpayers in line for $500M in ‘kicker’ tax refunds 

statesmanjournal.com 

Continued strong economic growth in Oregon means individuals could get a total of $555 million in personal income tax refunds in two years. Oregon’s quarterly revenue forecast shows the state’s economy is growing faster than expected, according to the state economist. 

MT: Montana sees shortage of foster care families 

nbcmontana.com 

According to Montana foster care workers, 3,952 kids are in foster care, and they say that number is increasing. The problem is the number of foster families is not.

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