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CA: California lawmakers considering historic shift in groundwater policy

Gov. Jerry Brown is hoping to capitalize on the current parched conditions, and cautious cooperation from once-resistant interest groups, to pass a plan for a groundwater management system by the end of the month.

MA: Donors boost Mass. public colleges

Massachusetts’ public universities, long overshadowed by their private peers when it comes to fund-raising, are increasingly hitting pay dirt.

NY: Albany doubling down as casino boom fades

New York state is charging headlong into the casino business, but analysts, economists and casino operators warn that the industry is already suffering the effects of fierce competition, if not saturation.

ND: 20,000 North Dakota jobs open for 6 straight months

A North Dakota economic development report says the state has had at least 20,000 jobs available for six straight months.

TX: Nearly all Texas school districts meet state ratings

In the second year of a new school accountability system, nine out of ten Texas districts met state standards, according to ratings released by the Texas Education Agency.

MS: Miss. consumer spending grows slowest in nation

Consumer spending in Mississippi grew more slowly than in any other state in 2012, a new report has found.

KS: Kansas Regents explore tying university funding to performance

The Kansas Board of Regents will look at tying state funds for universities to how the schools measure up in certain areas.

LA: New law forces almost 200 justices of the peace, constables into retirement

Almost 200 justices of the peace and constables around Louisiana are newly barred from seeking re-election this fall, because of a law enacting a mandatory retirement age of 70.

TN: Campaign against court justices was well-funded but fell short

The opposition was well-funded and coordinated — but not enough to topple three sitting Tennessee Supreme Court justices.

WA: Signs of once-extinct fishers found all over Olympic Peninsula

Once locally extinct, fishers — a native carnivore — are now bounding all over the Olympic Peninsula after reintroduction in 2008.

OH: Latest Buzz: Ohio highway median turned into bee habitat

The state Department of Transportation is turning a highway median in southern Ohio into a honeybee paradise to try to create habitats for a declining bee population.

WV: W.Va. state payroll hasn’t shrunk much, despite hiring freeze

State government’s payroll hasn’t shrunk much, despite a hiring freeze imposed by Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.

MI: Judge blocks new rules for charitable gambling

The Michigan Charitable Gaming Association and several charities sued to keep a state board from enforcing the rules, which they say will cost millions of dollars in revenue.

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