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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/19

TX: US Supreme Court speeds hearing on Texas abortion law

dallasnews.com

The U.S. Supreme Court sign­­­aled interest in providing a quick review of Texas’ six-week abortion ban, giving abortion providers and the state until Thursday to argue whether they should take up the case or not.

US: District attorneys refuse to prosecute some GOP-led state laws

apnews.com

Progressive prosecutors around the country are increasingly declaring they won’t enforce some GOP-backed state laws, a strategy in response to some of the most controversial new changes.

MN: Eased rules unleash ‘bulge’ in Minnesota eviction cases

mprnews.org

Advocates for Minnesota tenants and landlords agree they’re seeing more eviction cases, coinciding with the gradual easing of a moratorium designed to prevent widespread evictions during the pandemic.

NM: New Mexico sets crisis care standards for hospitals

santafenewmexican.com

Citing "enormous, ongoing and unsustainable" strain on the state's health care system, the New Mexico Department of Health allowed hospitals to set priorities for treatment when beds are limited.

NE: Nebraska to spend $10M on ads luring new workers

journalstar.com

Nebraska launched a $10 million marketing campaign funded by federal CARES Act money targeted to lure people from Kansas City, Denver, Chicago and Minneapolis. The state has 50,000 job openings.

FL: Florida families reach $25M settlement with school in Parkland shooting 

sun-sentinel.com

The families of 52 people injured, killed or traumatized during the 2018 mass shooting at a school in Parkland, Florida, have reached a $25 million settlement with the Broward School District. The families alleged the school district was negligent.

LACivil rights groups demand second Black-majority district in Louisiana

theadvocate.com

Civil rights organizations demanded that Louisiana lawmakers redraw election districts to make it likelier a second Black person can be elected to Congress. The state is about 32% Black but has only one Black congressional representative.

WI: Wisconsin has the highest rate of Black imprisonment

jsonline.com

One in every 36 Black adults in Wisconsin is in prison—a rate that is the highest in the nation and more than twice as high as the national average, according to a national report.

WA: Judge denies last-minute effort to block Washington's vaccine mandate

seattletimes.com

A last-ditch effort to halt Washington Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccination mandate for state employees and healthcare workers was rejected by a judge who ruled that Inslee acted within his legal authority.

OR: More Oregonians took their lives under Death with Dignity Act in 2020 than any other year

oregonlive.com

A record 370 people received prescriptions in 2020 under the Death with Dignity Act, according to data compiled by the Oregon Health Authority, up 25% from 2019. The law allows the terminally ill to end their own lives

MI: Dozens of Michigan schools still use Native American slurs, imagery

mlive.com

Schools and sports teams across the country have dropped Native American mascots and imagery, but in Michigan, several K-12 districts continue to use questionable monikers such as warriors, chiefs and braves.

CT: Unrestricted online gambling set to begin in Connecticut 

courant.com

Unrestricted online gambling in Connecticut begins this week, inaugurating the broadest expansion of legalized wagering in the state since two Native American casinos opened in the 1990s. 

IL: Lax regulation of Illinois nursing homes resulted in poor resident care early in pandemic 

chicagotribune.com

For years, including the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Illinois officials failed to properly oversee nursing homes, including not enforcing staffing requirements, according to a consultant’s investigation.

 NJ: New Jersey has its first $1B month in sports betting

apnews.com

New Jersey’s sports betting industry became the first in the nation to take in more than a billion dollars’ worth of bets in a single month, in September, as football season sent more gamblers to online bets.

MD: Maryland gets redistricting proposal

baltimoresun.com

Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan has pledged to support a redistricting proposal from a bipartisan commission, but legislative Democrats have the final say.

TN: Tennessee Republicans eye broad approach to COVID special session

tennessean.com

 As Tennessee lawmakers inch toward a special session to roll back COVID-19 restrictions, House Republicans are eyeing a wide array of legislation—from curtailing the governor's emergency powers to restricting private businesses' ability to mandate vaccination.

AR: Arkansas reports smallest daily COVID case increase in months

arkansasonline.com

The numbers of COVID-19 patients who were in Arkansas hospitals, on ventilators and in intensive care all fell as the state posted its smallest daily increase in cases in almost four months.

WY: COVID cases surge in Wyoming prisons

trib.com

Testing found 148 total cases of coronavirus across Wyoming's five state prison facilities, up from 19 two weeks ago. Unvaccinated staff drove new infections among employees and the incarcerated.

 VA: Virginia sues landlords over vouchers

richmond.com

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, a Democrat, sued 29 landlords accused of refusing renters with federal housing subsidies. The lawsuits are the first under a 2020 state law.

HI: Hawaii employers looking for help as pandemic lingers

staradvertiser.com

Thousands of people in Hawaii are still unemployed. Compounding the situation is that those who are unemployed might not have the skills to fill open jobs.

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