What We're Reading: Top State Stories 4/10

KY: Kentucky governor vetoes budget, tax reform bill 

Republican Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed a tax reform bill and the 2018-20 budget proposal approved by the Republican-controlled Legislature. Bevin told lawmakers the reform bill did not cut taxes enough, and that the budget was not balanced as required by state law. 

AZ: Nevada luring Arizona teachers with higher pay 

Some Arizona teachers, whose salaries are among the nation's lowest, are leaving for jobs in Nevada, where teacher pay now averages $10,000 more a year. Nevada has funneled roughly $500 million in new money into its education system in recent years. 

NM: Construction starts on New Mexico border 'wall' 

The Trump administration started construction of what the Border Patrol now calls a “wall” along a stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border in New Mexico. The plan, approved last year, is to replace 20 miles of vehicle barriers with a fence made with thick steel posts. 

WA: Washington state can sue Purdue Pharma over opioid marketing: judge 

A Washington state judge has rejected OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma’s bid to dismiss a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general seeking to hold the pharmaceutical company accountable for its role the opioid epidemic. 

OR: Oregon governor signs net neutrality bill 

Oregon Democratic Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill withholding state business from internet providers who throttle traffic, a measure aimed at thwarting moves by federal regulators to relax net neutrality requirements. The bill stops short of putting new requirements on internet service providers in the state. 

IL: Third person dies in Illinois from synthetic marijuana 

A third person has died and more than a hundred people have been sickened by tainted synthetic pot that has caused symptoms of severe bleeding, Illinois health officials announced. Most of the victims live near Peoria. 

WI: Wisconsin governor calls for military training facilities along Mexican border 

Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called for military training facilities along the Mexican border after previously backing President Donald Trump's call for sending National Guard troops to patrol. Walker did not say whether he would activate Wisconsin National Guard members and send them to the border as governors in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have done. 

AL: Google kicks off construction on $600M Alabama data center 

Internet giant Google launched construction of a $600 million data center in Alabama’s Jackson County. The project will create as many as 100 jobs. 

MS: Cindy Hyde-Smith becomes first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress 

Cindy Hyde-Smith was sworn in to the U.S. Senate, making history as the first woman to represent Mississippi in Congress and helping set a record for the number of women serving in the Senate. Republican Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant appointed Hyde-Smith, the state’s agriculture commissioner. 

LA: 1,300 people held for 4 years in Louisiana jails without a trial 

Louisiana sheriffs say around 1,300 people have been in jail for four years waiting for trials, and 70 people have been held for five years without having their case heard. The delays are eating into sheriffs' budgets to house the accused for so long. 

CO: Colorado attorney general supports census citizenship question 

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman, a Republican, has joined her GOP counterparts from two other states in supporting the Trump administration’s controversial plans to reinstate a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. Coffman is also running for governor of Colorado.  

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