What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/2

FL: After new Florida cases, CDC advises pregnant women to avoid Miami neighborhood

Federal health officials advised pregnant women to avoid a Miami neighborhood — marking the first time the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has warned against travel to any area within the continental United States — as a Zika outbreak in South Florida led to 10 more local cases spread by mosquitoes.

ND: Federal judge rules in favor of tribal members, blocks North Dakota voter ID law

Recent changes to North Dakota’s voter identification laws have placed an “undue burden” on Native Americans and other voters, a federal judge ruled in ordering the state to put its 2012 voter ID laws back into place.

CA: California may not see statewide rules on the use of drones anytime soon

The pushback against new rules for drones in California is coming not from Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who vetoed an earlier effort to place limits on them, but through the lobbying efforts of a budding industry that hopes to influence policy at the state Capitol and nationwide.

MA: Massachusetts Legislature overrides veto on Lyme disease treatment

Health insurers must immediately start paying for long-term antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease after the Legislature overrode a veto by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. The Legislature also restored a long-sought wage increase for Massachusetts nursing home workers and voted to require health insurers to cover treatment for a side effect from HIV drugs.

NY: New York to bar sex offenders on parole from playing Pokemon Go

New York will bar registered sex offenders on parole from playing Pokemon Go over concerns that the wildly popular virtual reality game could help sexual predators lure young victims. The state is asking the game’s developer, Niantic Inc., to cross-reference a list of sex offenders with its list of players and to remove locations near offenders’ homes.

US: Why corporate America is leaving the suburbs for the city

For decades, many of the nation’s biggest companies staked their futures far from the fraying downtowns of aging East Coast and Midwestern cities. One after another, they decamped for sprawling campuses in the suburbs and exurbs. Now, corporate America is moving in the other direction.

MN: Minnesota opens medical marijuana to pain patients

After waiting years for Minnesota to legalize the medical use of marijuana and another year for intractable pain to be added as a qualifying condition, Minnesota residents who have incurable pain can now buy medical marijuana.

WI: Wisconsin clean water regulations scaled back

Responding to strong complaints from Wisconsin’s dairy industry, the state Department of Natural Resources quietly narrowed the scope of rules it is writing to reduce health hazards from hundreds of millions of gallons of manure spread on farm fields each year.

MO: With new laws and training, Missouri ramps up efforts to combat human trafficking

One new law expands human trafficking to include advertising the availability of a minor or nonconsenting adult for sex or pornography. Another adds victims of human trafficking to those eligible to participate in a Missouri program that keeps their address confidential and unavailable to their abusers through public records.

AR: Arkansas completes sale of state’s home health program

The Arkansas Department of Health and Louisville-based Kindred Healthcare Inc. have announced the completion of the sale of the department's in-home health care operations for $39 million. Kindred has pledged to retain all current employees and to serve all 3,380 current patients. 

KS: County health officials look for sex education funding after Kansas drops federal grants

Public health agencies in two Kansas counties are looking for funding to keep their sex education programs afloat after state officials declined to renew federal grants. The counties have used the grants since 2010 to provide courses in area schools with the aim of preventing teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.

NM: University of New Mexico tables idea to make freshmen live on campus

Citing concerns about the increased cost to students and available food, parking and recreational services on campus, a University of New Mexico regents committee has abandoned a plan for now to require incoming freshman to live in school dorms. Proponents say the move would help students stay in school and do better academically.

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