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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/15

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/15

MI: Michigan now has nation’s toughest rules for lead in drinking water

freep.com

Michigan has begun enforcing the nation’s strictest rules for lead in drinking water, a plan that eventually will result in replacing all 500,000 lead service pipes statewide in the wake of the contamination of Flint’s supply.

CA: Feds refuse to transfer some immigrant suspects to California custody

latimes.com

U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents have refused to transfer some suspects wanted by California law enforcement agencies for crimes including sexual assault and drug possession. 

AZ: Judge considers letting expelled Arizona state lawmaker run again

apnews.com

A judge said she’ll decide whether a former Arizona state lawmaker expelled over sexual misconduct can run for state Senate. Don Shooter was the first state lawmaker in the United States to be ousted following the rise of the #MeToo movement.

MN: U.S. Supreme Court strikes down Minnesota law on voters’ clothing

startribune.com

In its 7-2 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court found that Minnesota’s law, which prohibits people from wearing political clothing or buttons at polling places, violates voters’ First Amendment right to free speech and is too broad.

GA: Georgia begins replacing digital voting system

ajc.com

An effort to trash Georgia’s electronic voting machines got underway amid disagreements over how to make the state’s elections secure and accurate.

LA: Louisiana incarcerated population stays the same as U.S. rates fall

nola.com

Louisiana’s incarcerated population remains “stagnant” near a historic high despite the national incarceration rate continuing a downward trend, according to a report from the Vera Institute of Justice. The state’s rate — 720 people incarcerated per 100,000 adults — is the highest in the country.

NC: North Carolina bill blocking future hog farm nuisance suits finalized

apnews.com

North Carolina legislators have finalized tougher restrictions upon neighbors of hog farms seeking to sue for damages because of the stench and other nuisances coming from industrial-scale livestock operations. 

WA: Suicides up in every Washington state region

seattletimes.com

The suicide rate in Washington state has increased 19 percent compared to the period from 1999 to 2001. There are more than 1,100 suicides each year in the state.

CO: Colorado county sues opioid makers, sellers

denverpost.com

In a new legal strategy against the opioid industry, Pueblo County has sued not only pharmacy companies that manufacture and wholesale the drug but grocery-store and pharmacy chains that sell directly to its residents, including dozens who died of drug overdoses.

UT: Utah trade official raises alarm over trade war

sltrib.com

As key U.S. trading partners move to impose their own tariffs in reaction to President Donald Trump’s new duties on steel and aluminum, the president and CEO of World Trade Center Utah is warning of widespread damage to the state’s economy.

MO: Missouri denies invoices sent by ex-governor’s attorneys

stltoday.com

The head of Missouri’s Office of Administration has denied invoices sent in by two attorneys hired to represent Republican ex-Gov. Eric Greitens’ office as he fended off impeachment last month. According to invoices, the two attorneys and their firms billed the state more than $153,000.

AZ: GOP brass urges Arizona lawmaker to resign over immigration remark

apnews.com

Arizona’s Republican governor and party chairman called for the resignation of a state lawmaker who said, “there aren’t enough white kids to go around” when discussing immigration’s impact on schools. Rep. David Stringer, also a Republican, said his political opponents took his remark out of context.

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