What We’re Reading: Top State Stories 10/24

Top State Stories 10/24

US: How the graying of America is stretching local tax dollars

Rising demand for services for the elderly is taking a toll on local governments, as communities nationwide seek to accommodate a growing senior-citizen population while still tending to schools, roads, parks and other needs. By 2030, 1 out of 5 U.S. residents — a total of 70 million people — is expected to be 65 or older.

CA: California Senate hires investigators to look into sexual harassment allegations

California Senate leader Kevin de León, a Democrat, said he has hired a law firm to conduct an external investigation into sexual harassment and assault allegations at the state Capitol, and a consulting firm to review Senate policies on harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

NV: Immigrants present at Nevada mass shooting apply for visas

A few dozen undocumented immigrants who were at the Route 91 Harvest festival in Las Vegas, Nevada, when a gunman opened fire are applying for “U nonimmigrant visas.” The visas are intended to provide protection from deportation for victims of crime who share information that helps police.

NY: New York City could get hit with 500-year floods every five years

Catastrophic flooding in New York City similar to destruction from Hurricane Sandy is predicted to become far more common in the coming decades, according to a new study. Rising sea levels from man-made climate change could prompt devastating, 8-foot floods in New York that used to occur once every 500 years to happen once every 5 years by 2030 to 2045, the research said.

SD: Sexism in the South Dakota statehouse: Women detail harassment

After two women came forward with stories of sexual harassment or assault in Pierre, South Dakota, Argus Leader Media interviewed more than 30 women about their experiences working in a statehouse dominated by men. Half reported being a victim or witness to some form of harassment or inappropriate behavior by male colleagues.

CO: Jail overcrowding plagues Colorado

Jails in six of the 10 counties on Colorado’s Front Range — where most of the state’s residents live — operated at or near capacity this summer. Those capacity numbers don't account for inmates being shipped out to less crowded jails in rural counties.

UT: Poll finds Utahns support legalizing medical marijuana

A poll from The Salt Lake Tribune and the University of Utah finds that 75 percent of Utah voters either strongly or somewhat support a proposed 2018 ballot initiative to legalize medical marijuana in the state.

MD: Maryland governor bans state business with companies that boycott Israel

Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, took the executive action against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, an effort started in 2005 by a coalition of Palestinian organizations in response to Israel’s occupation of the West Bank territory.

WV: West Virginia investments outperform other states

With a 15.8 percent return on investments, West Virginia’s Investment Management Board outperformed other state investment funds during the 2016-17 budget year.

WI: Wisconsin promoting use of ATVs on trails in parks, forests

State park planners want to add more than 200 miles of access for motorized off-road vehicles in northern Wisconsin. The proposal is set for a vote this week by the Natural Resources Board and could be the beginning of a dramatic transformation of state parks and natural areas.

SC: South Carolina governor wants local governments to prove they follow immigration laws

Republican Gov. Henry McMaster is pushing for legislation he says will ensure no South Carolina city begins harboring undocumented immigrants from federal enforcement.

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