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WI: Raw milk supporters petition state Supreme Court
Two Wisconsin farms are asking the state Supreme Court to decide whether a person has a right to purchase and consume unpasteurized milk.
OH: New Ohio website offers job help for disabled
Besides posting resumes and providing referrals to potential employers specifically looking to hire people with disabilities, the state website will also offer information about starting a business, building financial assets, work incentive programs, transitioning from school to work and health care.
ME: Maine businesses brace for ‘electricity shock’ this winter
The price of electricity for Maine businesses will skyrocket this winter, and state agencies are trying to prepare the public. For a midsized business, energy costs would jump from the $870 in September to over $2,000 in January, a 130 percent increase.
US: Court decisions on voting rules sow confusion in state races
Just weeks before elections that will decide control of the U.S. Senate and crucial governors’ races, a cascade of court rulings about voting rules, issued by judges with an increasingly partisan edge, are sowing confusion and changing voting procedures with the potential to affect outcomes in some states.
KY: Kentucky state tax incentives for amusement park in jeopardy
A controversial plan to award $18 million in state tax incentives to a religious-themed amusement park that plans to feature a life-size Noah's Ark could be in jeopardy because of potential hiring discrimination.
KS: Kansas lawmakers question EPA clean water proposal
Key legislative leaders are pushing the federal government for more information on a pivotal clean water proposal, one that they say reflects an overreach by the federal government that would infringe on the property rights of farmers.
LA: Louisiana college credit results offer mixed picture
The number of Louisiana high school students who qualified for college credit this year after taking the Advanced Placement exam rose by 24.6 percent, which is the biggest growth in the nation. However, only 4.1 percent of juniors and seniors earned qualifying scores, which is 49th nationally and ahead of only Mississippi.
MD: Baltimore officials aim to reduce police brutality
Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined sweeping plans to reduce police brutality, while reiterating that that they are committed to restoring the public's trust in the agency.
TX: Feds withholding $75 million over Texas hospital funding question
The federal agency that oversees Medicaid is reviewing arrangements between private Texas hospitals and local government entities to ensure they did not violate a rule that allowed the state to draw down federal dollars to cover health care for the uninsured.
MO: 4,000 landowners on Crow reservation get offers worth $298 million from federal government
The U.S. government launched its voluntary program to buy back land and give it to the tribe as part of the $3.4 billion Cobell class-action lawsuit settlement over mismanaged royalties that were held in trust for Indian landowners by the government.
ND: Drones could be used on North Dakota oilfields
One of the nation’s largest oil producers hopes to get permission from the federal government to use drones to monitor pipelines in North Dakota’s oil fields.
CA: LA lawmakers lay out path to $15.25 minimum wage by 2019
Six members of the Los Angeles City Council launched an effort to raise the city's minimum wage to $15.25 by 2019, a move that would be more aggressive than the strategy backed by the mayor several weeks ago.