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TX: Appeals court allows Texas abortion restrictions to go into effect immediately
More than a dozen abortion clinics in Texas will be forced to close immediately after a federal appeals court ruling allowed the state's strict new abortion law to take effect during the trial over its constitutionality.
PA: Two top Pennsylvania DEP officials resign over porn emails
The head of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and a top aide resigned Thursday over revelations that they were among dozens of state officials, including State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan, who sent or received pornographic emails over state computers.
LA: Panel wrestles with Louisiana special education overhaul
A panel of educators, school organization leaders and parents is working on how to implement a sweeping new state law aimed at helping some special education students earn a traditional high school diploma.
MA: Owners of land in Massachusetts casino deal indicted for fraud
A federal grand jury has indicted three owners of the land in Everett where Steve Wynn plans to build a $1.6 billion casino, alleging they defrauded Wynn by hiding the fact that convicted felon and known organized-crime associate Charles Lightbody was one of the owners.
CA: California governor vetoes expansion of state Voting Rights Act
Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown vetoed the bill that would have expanded the ability of minority groups to sue under the state's Voting Rights Act.
OR: Oregon sets rules to prevent cheating on computerized state tests
Oregon and Delaware are the only states that have set rules and regulations designed to ensure test security and prevent cheating on the new breed of online exams.
NC: State asks U.S. Supreme Court to block federal appeals court ruling on elections law
Attorney General Roy Cooper has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to block the effects of a federal appeals court ruling that reinstated same-day registration and out-of-precinct ballot casting for the November election.
RI: Rhode Island prepares for ‘inevitable’ Ebola cases
With the largest Liberian population in the country per capita, Rhode Island is preparing for what some health officials say is inevitable: a case of Ebola virus showing up at an emergency room.
DE: How Delaware downtowns are being reborn
Downtowns in Delaware are beginning to see a renaissance, thanks to a growing sense of nostalgia and a push for reinvestment.
SD: Pilot program helps determine flight risk of criminals awaiting trial
Three South Dakota counties are creating a pilot program that would screen and analyze defendants’ background to help predict their flight risk.
WI: Wisconsin: Home of the least positive governor's race in the nation
A group that tracks and analyzes campaign advertising throughout the country found that just 3.7 percent of the mid-September ads in Wisconsin's race for governor were positive.