What We’re Reading: Top State Stories 6/6

US: Cities see unexplained rise in violent crimes

Violent crimes — from homicides and rapes to robberies — have been on the rise in many major U.S. cities. Experts can't point to a single reason why, and the jump isn't enough to suggest there's a trend.

NY: New York governor to halt state business with groups that boycott Israel

Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered New York agencies under his control to divest themselves of companies and organizations aligned with a Palestinian-backed boycott movement against Israel.

WV: West Virginia governor to veto budget bill

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will veto a budget that West Virginia lawmakers balanced by taking $182.6 million from the state's rainy day fund and scraping unspent money from agency accounts. The state expects a $270 million revenue shortfall going into the next budget year and a $380 million shortfall the year after.

CT: Connecticut looks for strategies to keep young graduates from leaving

Young graduates have been moving out of the state for a while. But it's an issue that has become increasingly important as some of Connecticut's biggest businesses begin pondering whether to leave the state, saying they need young workers.

OH: New Ohio law allows breaking into cars to save children, pets

Republican Gov. John Kasich signed a bill that allows people to break into cars to save children and animals without facing liability, and another one that directs emergency personnel to aid dogs and cats when responding to emergencies.

VA: Virginia at center of racially charged fight over the right of felons to vote

Top Republicans in the Legislature are seeking to block Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s executive order that restores the right to vote to 206,000 Virginians who have completed sentences, probation or parole. The state Supreme Court will hear a challenge to the order in a special session in July in time to rule before the November election.

IN: Most Indiana agencies don't report hate crimes to FBI

More than half of Indiana law enforcement agencies do not submit hate crime data to the FBI, making the state the fourth worst in the nation at reporting incidents.

TX: In Texas, state offers little help with Zika prevention

Texas officials are ramping up a public awareness campaign, but the state is not paying for protective measures — such as mosquito eradication and handing out insect repellants — that could reduce the risk of Zika transmission. Prevention is largely being left to local governments, which experts say are often ill-equipped to handle the job.

MI: Michigan lawmakers try to deal with loss of straight-ticket voting

Worried that Michigan voters will face long lines at polling places this fall, some legislators are offering proposals to deal with a new law that no longer gives voters the option of voting a straight, party-line ticket.

IA: New Iowa law on court debt aims to keep drivers on the road

Thousands of Iowans threatened with the loss of their driver's license could legally stay on the road under a new state law scheduled to take effect July 1. The legislation includes provisions to help motorists who don't pose a threat to public safety but who are having difficulty paying fines and other court debts.

NE: New university program aims to fight Nebraska’s dermatologist shortage

Faced with a growing demand for dermatology services driven by the rising occurrence of skin cancer, the University of Nebraska Medical Center is creating a new department in its College of Medicine. Currently, the closest dermatology residencies for Nebraska medical students are in Iowa, Missouri and Colorado.

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