Because of a $20 million budget shortfall, the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services is delaying some payments to large providers that don’t rely on Medicaid money to keep the lights on, and prioritizing payments to community health centers and behavioral health clinics.
Delaware just became the favorite in the Mid-Atlantic — if not the nation — to become the first state with a full-scale sports gaming operation outside of Nevada.
Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury reported that the financial crisis at the state Health Department was never real. They said both the layoffs at the department and a $30 million emergency appropriation last year were unnecessary. But, it said, the department maintained a “slush fund that allowed the Department to overspend without consequences.”
Colorado is considering joining several other states and allowing political candidates to accept cryptocurrency for campaign contributions. The donations — whether in bitcoin or another digital currency — would be subject to the same state limits as a cash donation, and the value would be determined at the time of the contribution.
Febreze gave out free samples of its odor-eliminating products to residents of Parrish, Alabama, after a train carrying more than 200 shipping containers of sewer sludge sat on a rail yard in town for more than two months as the containers were hauled by trucks one-by-one to a landfill about 20 miles away.
Democratic state Rep. Angela Romero is considering writing a bill that would raise the minimum age for matrimony in Utah to 18. Under current state law, a 15-year-old may marry with the consent of a parent or guardian and the permission of a Utah juvenile court judge.
In a unanimous vote, the Michigan Senate said no to marijuana-infused beer and wine, a pre-emptive strike ahead of possible legalization of the drug. The legislation would prohibit the possession or sale of marijuana beer, wine, spirits or mixed drinks — regardless of alcohol content.
The GOP-crafted tax measure vetoed by Minnesota Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton would cut tax rates on the two lowest income tiers and align the state tax code with recent federal tax changes. Dayton's action sets up a standoff with Republican lawmakers with only a few days to finish their work.
Mississippi’s sprint toward legalized sports betting has begun. The state Gaming Commission proposed rules to govern sports books at Mississippi’s 28 licensed casinos. The public has 25 days to make comments.
The first inmate to be granted parole after the Virginia Parole Board changed its stance on the state's three-strikes law walked out of prison. The parole board changed its interpretation of a controversial 1982 three-strikes law, which rendered inmates ineligible for parole if convicted of three specific crimes.
The state Senate voted in favor of a bill that would eliminate a more than four-decades-old Louisiana law that prohibits all felons on probation and parole in Louisiana from voting.
When hackers took down the Georgia Department of Agriculture’s website and demanded a ransom, the state refused to pay. Instead, the government relied on its $100 million cyber insurance policy, which appears to be the largest of any state in the nation.
Records obtained by The Texas Tribune indicate that the state’s supply of execution drugs is insufficient for eight upcoming executions. Unless Texas were to push back the expiration dates of its current supply or track down more of the hard-to-find drugs, at least three of the condemned men would be set to die after available drugs expire.