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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/13

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/13

US: U.S. election officials say they need more money, training

reviewjournal.com

Regional U.S. election officials attending a hacker conference in Las Vegas said they need more money and training to enhance election security. But they also warned that focusing too much on the vulnerabilities could undermine citizens’ confidence in the system.

NY: Thousands of New York state retirees receive $100K or more in pensions

wkbw.com

The number of New York state retired employees who are receiving $100,000 or more in state pensions has increased. A total of 4,573 state retirees are receiving that amount, according to a report by a nonprofit think tank.

CO: Colorado will pay $1M to settle lawsuit over strip searches

denverpost.com

The Colorado Department of Human Services will pay $1 million to settle a lawsuit that contended the rights of intellectually disabled residents of a state-run center in Pueblo were violated when officials strip searched them to determine whether they were abused. 

PA: After Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling, state reinstates program for poor

post-gazette.com

Pennsylvanians once again can apply for a monthly cash program that aided the poorest individuals in the commonwealth before it was eliminated in 2012 by the Legislature and then-Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican.

AL: Alabama pushes to bring God back into public schools

al.com

One month after Alabama allowed "In God We Trust" displays on public property, one local school board is poised to become the first system to act. The district, however, is already consulting with lawyers, bracing for the lawsuits it thinks are likely. 

KS: Kansas county officials hold power in undecided Republican gubernatorial race

kansas.com

Local officials spread across Kansas’ 105 counties will exercise an incredible amount of power this week when they determine whether thousands of ballots should count in the closest primary race for governor in Kansas history.

LA: Buying Louisiana voting machines expected to cost up to $95M

apnews.com

The expected cost of replacing Louisiana’s voting machines has jumped tens of millions of dollars higher than previously estimated. And the state hasn’t identified a way to pay for much of it.

SC: South Carolina snow days to become online class days in some school districts

postandcourier.com

When the weather outside is frightful, students in a few South Carolina school districts won’t find their day so delightful. Five districts are replacing snow days this school year with online class days in a pilot program that could be an option statewide next year.

CA: Rent control in California fuels costliest fight on 2018 ballot

apnews.com

The AIDS Healthcare Foundation has poured more than $12 million into a November initiative it’s spearheading to let California cities and counties regulate rental fees in buildings that state law currently shields from such control.

WI: Wisconsin local governments to pay more for bridge replacements

wpr.org

Wisconsin taxpayers will foot a bigger share of the bill to replace local bridges because of a new funding policy at the state Department of Transportation, county officials say. While the state says more projects are getting money, some counties are seeing their costs increase by hundreds of thousands of dollars.

ND: North Dakota receives 19 medical marijuana dispensary applications

inforum.com

The North Dakota Department of Health received 19 applications from entities seeking to become licensed medical marijuana dispensaries in two of the state's largest metro areas.

NH: New Hampshire offers discount on booze to out-of-state customers

unionleader.com

To reach more out-of-state customers, the New Hampshire Liquor Commission is rolling out a discount program for shoppers from Maine, Massachusetts and Vermont equal to twice the sales tax rate in those states.

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