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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/10

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/10

NC, SC, VA: East Coast braces for Hurricane Florence

weather.com

Governors in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia declared states of emergency as forecasts showed Hurricane Florence gathering strength and headed for a coastal landfall later in the week.

CO: Meth makes a comeback in Colorado

gazette.com

Methamphetamine-related overdose deaths have been on the rise across Colorado for about a decade. The rise in meth deaths helped push the state's drug fatalities above 1,000 in 2017 for the first time on record.

MT: Montana to issue federally compliant ID cards

missoulian.com

Montana will start offering the option of driver’s licenses and identification cards that comply with the federal REAL ID Act at the start of next year. The state is also hoping for another one-year extension that will allow Montana resident to board airplanes with current Montana cards.

CA: The young are deserting California

ocregister.com

Since the recovery began in 2010, California’s net domestic out-migration has almost tripled as young people leave in search of affordable housing and high-wage jobs. Over that time, the state has lost half a million net migrants.

NY: New York physical therapists say reimbursement change could combat opioid crisis

timesunion.com

New York physical therapists are calling on the state to change the way it reimburses them for treating injured workers, arguing that a gradual increase to the current cap on services could prevent thousands of opioid addictions each year.

NJ: New Jersey health care rates under ‘Obamacare’ will go down next year

nj.com

New Jerseyans seeking health insurance through the individual market under “Obamacare” next year will see average premium rates decrease by 9.3 percent thanks to a pair of new state laws, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced.  

PA: U.S.-China trade war affecting Pennsylvania hardwoods industry

erienewsnow.com

The prospect of a trade war between the United States and China is putting pressure on the Pennsylvania hardwoods industry. The state auditor general claims 45,000 Pennsylvania jobs could be lost.

MS: Mississippi says $9.8 million wagered on sports in 1st month

apnews.com

Mississippi officials say gamblers bet $9.8 million on sporting events from Aug. 1 through Labor Day. Sports betting has now expanded to more than 20 of Mississippi's 28 state-regulated gambling halls.

TN: White nationalists sue Tennessee state parks after being charged security fee

tennesseean.com

A white nationalist think tank that holds its annual conference in Tennessee has sued the state in federal court over being charged a security fee for an upcoming event at a state park.

NM: Protests end New Mexico celebration of Spanish conquest

nytimes.com

After escalating protests by Native Americans who saw it as a racist attempt to gloss over atrocities carried out by Spanish colonizers, the annual New Mexico tradition known as the Entrada officially came to an end, replaced by a multidenominational prayer gathering to begin the annual Fiesta de Santa Fe.

WA: Washington state teacher strikes settled

apnews.com

Teachers in two Washington school districts say they’ve reached deals to end their strikes over pay. State judges had ruled the strikes illegal.

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