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NC: Mistrust in North Carolina over plan to reduce precincts

A bitter disagreement over consolidating precincts in a small North Carolina town is part of a broader voting rights battle that is happening in a number of communities, many of them Southern, where changes to election laws no longer require the federal government’s approval.

AZ: Court overrules Arizona's denial of driver's licenses for immigrants 

An appeals court has blocked Republican Gov. Jan Brewer's executive order denying driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants who have work permits through President Barack Obama's deferred-action program.

KS: Kansas pharmacists say new law should improve care

A new state law allows pharmacists to enter into agreements with physicians to do things like monitor and change medication levels without new orders.

LA: Audit finds improper Medicaid spending in Louisiana

The state wrongfully paid $2.7 million for Medicaid health insurance for prisoners over a recent 11-month period.

TX: Dow Chemical's water woes in Texas signal trouble

Dow Chemical's struggles to secure enough water for its growing Texas operations have sparked concerns about whether the state's diminishing natural resources can accommodate its exploding population and economy.

IL: Wettest June on record points to coming corn avalanche

There could be a record corn crop this year across the Midwest where prices are already down 17 percent from last year. 

NY: New York to allow medical marijuana

Once an opponent, Democratic Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signed a new law that makes New York the 23rd state to approve marijuana for medicinal use.

CA: State’s poor have the narrowest doctor networks

People enrolled in Medi-Cal, the state’s low-income health program, have a much slimmer list of doctors that they can see, compared to those with nongovernment health insurance plans.

NE: Audit finds Douglas County can’t account for money paid to attorneys

Nebraska’s most populous county is unable to account for much of the money it paid to law firms acting as guardians for children in juvenile court proceedings. 

PA: Lawmakers aim to remove hurdles in tavern gaming

Lawmakers anticipated tavern gaming to net more than $100 million but the results were disappointing, prompting a new look at reducing license fees and simplifying the application process.

FL: State launches process to set marijuana rules

State regulators are drafting rules to allow non-euphoric, non-inhalable cannabis to be developed for limited medical use.

MT: Montana tries to move on bison conservation

State officials are once again trying to create a conservation plan to manage wild bison in Montana.

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