What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/14

OH: A third of Ohio's high school juniors might not graduate next year

About a third of juniors across Ohio are in danger of not graduating on time, prompting Ohio’s school superintendents to warn of a graduation “apocalypse” and the state to consider rewriting requirements for the class of 2018.

MT: Montana lawmakers to consider raising their pay 82 percent

State lawmakers made $7,437 in wages over the 90 days of the 2015 legislative session, and that doesn't include per-diem allowances and other benefits, such as health and retirement. Under the measure to be considered by the Legislative Council, Montana lawmakers would make $13,608 in the 2019 session.

MD: Maryland’s immigrant truck drivers can keep their commercial licenses

Dozens of immigrants who hold commercial driver’s licenses in Maryland will be able to keep those licenses as long as they have work permits and temporary protected status in the U.S.

AK: Alaska Department of Corrections is trying to find a new life for an old prison

Independent Gov. Bill Walker ordered the 50-year-old prison closed in July. Now the Alaska Department of Corrections is left trying to figure out how to repurpose the facility, which is expected to cost $1 million a year just to keep open.

NY: New York governor strikes deal to revive affordable housing program

For the second time in three months, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo has forged a deal with developers and union construction officials to revive a program designed to create apartments for poor and working-class New Yorkers.

TX: Texas foster youth struggle to get college degrees

Although Texas offers free tuition waivers and other benefits to ease foster youths’ transition to higher education, the number of students using the resources has declined.

RI: Army Corps proposes lifting buildings along Rhode Island coast

In a bid to reduce damage from flooding caused by storm surges, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has put forward a $58.6 million plan to lift up 341 private structures on the Rhode Island coast.

CA: California's civil service changes aim for a millennial workforce

The leader of the Department of Government Operations says overhauling the way California state government works is like “fixing the pipes” in an old building.

WA: Many Washington schools miss reporting deadline for student confinement law

A 2015 state law sought to limit how often school officials physically restrain or isolate students. But nearly half of Washington state’s 295 school districts missed a July 1 deadline to report incident numbers.

WI: In Wisconsin, ACA enrollment spikes before, after presidential election

The future of the Affordable Care Act may be in doubt, but a Wisconsin group that helps people use the federal marketplace to purchase health insurance said the last two weeks have been the busiest sign-up period in the last four years.

KY: Poverty, obesity fuel Kentucky's diabetes epidemic

Kentucky’s rate of diagnosed diabetes shot up from 4.3 percent in 1994 to 11.3 percent in 2014, ranking the state sixth-worst in a nation that has seen diabetes double over that time. 

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