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

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

AR: Arkansas governor proposes 42 state agencies pare to 15

arkansasonline.com

With about a month to go before the Nov. 6 general election in which he is up for re-election, Arkansas’ Republican governor, Asa Hutchinson, unveiled a plan that would consolidate the 42 state agencies that report to him to 15 – the most sweeping reorganization of state government since 1971. 

CA: California’s war against Trump is costing taxpayers millions

sacbee.com

California has filed 44 lawsuits against the Trump administration in the past 21 months, with major battles on health care, immigration and energy policy.

MO: Missouri down to 1 abortion clinic amid legal battle

apnews.com

Missouri is down to one clinic providing abortions Wednesday, after the only other clinic in the state that performs the procedure failed to adhere to new state requirements and its license expired.

NE: Voters will determine Medicaid coverage for 90,000 Nebraskans

journalstar.com

Nebraska voters will decide next month whether Medicaid coverage should be extended to an estimated 90,000 adult Nebraskans, most of whom work in low-paying jobs.

KS: Legal loophole in Kansas allows inmates to file deeds for property

kansas.com

A loophole in Kansas law has allowed a murderer serving a life sentence to file bogus deeds, claiming ownership of properties including the defunct Joyland amusement park, the former Greyhound bus station and the Wellness Center veterans home. The deeds theoretically could be used to borrow money and guarantee the loan using the property as collateral.

NV: Nevada governor blasts federal plutonium storage proposal

reviewjournal.com

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval, a Republican, has asked the U.S. Department of Energy to reconsider its proposal to temporarily store up to a ton of weapons-grade plutonium at the Nevada National Security Site located 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas.

PA: Pennsylvania voters abroad are blocked from state election website

post-gazette.com

Thousands of registered Pennsylvania voters who live outside the United States are being blocked from accessing absentee ballots on the state’s website in a move intended to beef up election security. Several other states, including New Mexico, Tennessee, Georgia and Vermont, also appear to be blocking foreign access to their election sites.

NJ: Conservative group sues New Jersey governor over law protecting public worker unions

nj.com

A conservative Michigan-based anti-union group is suing Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy's administration over a New Jersey law that restricts when and how public-sector workers can opt out of their unions. 

MD: Maryland has new tip line and mobile app for school safety

baltimoresun.com

Maryland has a new tip line and mobile app to make it easier to report potential threats at schools.

IL: Illinois AG investigating governor’s response to Legionnaires’ disease

chicagotribune.com

Democratic Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s office is investigating Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner’s administration’s response to an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease at a veterans home that left more than a dozen veterans dead over several years, a spokeswoman said.

WI: Wisconsin elder abuse task force proposes legislation

apnews.com

A Wisconsin Department of Justice task force released draft legislation designed to protect senior citizens and vulnerable adults from exploitation, including bills that would define new crimes, create penalty enhancers and speed up court proceedings for elderly victims and witnesses.

TN: Media asks Tennessee high court to boost press protection

apnews.com

A group of Tennessee publishers and broadcasters is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn precedent and strengthen protections for the press. The request comes in a defamation case against Nashville television reporter Phil Williams.

ID: Idaho state official faces discipline after mocking Kavanaugh accuser

apnews.com

The head of the state agency that serves Idaho's veterans must complete mandatory training following a social media post demeaning sexual assault victims.

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