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OK: Oklahoma attorney general seeks indefinite stay in executions
Republican Attorney General Scott Pruitt asked the Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals to delay indefinitely three upcoming executions while the state reviews how it received the wrong lethal-injection drug for a planned execution.
NY: New York City police will document all instances of force
For the first time in its modern history, the New York Police Department is establishing explicit guidelines—backed by a sweeping new tracking system—for using and documenting force.
NH: New Hampshire ends budget year with surplus
Preliminary numbers show New Hampshire ending the 2015 budget year with a $73 million surplus. Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan said the money will strengthen the state's rainy-day fund and that some could possibly be used on schools.
OH: Ohio bankers say pot and banking don’t mix
The Ohio Bankers League, which represents 200 large and small commercial banks and savings institutions, said it opposes a November ballot measure that would legalize recreational and medical marijuana use because marijuana is illegal at the federal level.
TX: Texas colleges begin identifying ‘gun-free zones’ on campus
In a compromise to ensure passage of legislation allowing guns to be carried on campus, Texas legislators allowed schools to name some parts of their campuses gun-free zones. Now, the schools have begun deciding where those zones will be before the law goes into effect next year.
LA: Louisiana changes work, training requirements for food stamps
With the expiration of a federal waiver, Louisiana now will require able-bodied adults without dependents to work at least 20 hours per week or be enrolled in a federally approved job training program to receive food stamps. People who don’t meet the requirement will only be allowed to receive benefits for three months out of a 36-month period.
VA: Virginia executes first inmate in nearly three years
A convicted serial killer who faced the death penalty in two states was executed with a lethal three-drug combination, including the sedative pentobarbital, which Virginia received from the Texas prison system.
UT: Modest gains highlight Utah program to break poverty cycle
Youngsters who are afforded safe environments, good nutrition and early education in preschool and kindergarten are better equipped to learn as they enter elementary school and more likely to graduate high school and pursue advanced training, the Utah Intergenerational Welfare Reform Commission reports.
WV: West Virginia debuts online voter registration
West Virginians can now register to vote through the secretary of state’s website with a state driver’s license or DMV identification card.
TN: Nashville considers legal homeless camps
The Nashville Metro Homeless Commission is seeking public comment on a plan that could include sanctioned camps for the homeless in Tennessee’s second-largest city.
WI: Wisconsin would raise cap on wrongful conviction compensation to $1 million
A bipartisan group of legislators has introduced a bill that would dramatically restructure compensation rules for people wrongly convicted in Wisconsin, raising the maximum payout from $25,000 to $1 million and removing the cases from the public court database.
MO: Missouri House leaders urge pay raise for state employees
GOP House leaders called on Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon to support using higher state revenue to pay Missouri state employees more in the next state budget. The current budget doesn’t include a pay increase.