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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/30

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/30

NJ: Citing synagogue shooting, New Jersey governor backs new gun laws

northjersey.com

Responding to the slaughter of 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy endorsed new restrictions on gun and ammunition sales in New Jersey and a renewed push for "smart guns" that can be fired only by their registered owners.

ND: In North Dakota, Native Americans try to turn an ID law to their advantage

nytimes.com

Under a law the Supreme Court allowed to take effect this month, North Dakotans cannot vote without a residential address, even though many Native Americans rely on post office boxes. But in these final days before the election, tribal governments are working feverishly to provide the necessary identification, and some Native Americans believe their anger could actually fuel higher turnout.

WV: Impeached judge named West Virginia Supreme Court chief justice

wvgazettemail.com

Beth Walker, who was elected to the West Virginia Supreme Court two years ago and was impeached by the House of Delegates and censured by the state Senate earlier this year, will become chief justice of the court next year.

DC: D.C. will give $1M to religious groups for security

wamu.org

Days after a gunman killed 11 people at a Pittsburgh synagogue, Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser’s office announced the District of Columbia will administer almost $1 million in federal grant money to beef up security at religious organizations.

KS: Out-of-town Dodge City, Kansas, polling place raises concerns

kansas.com

As Election Day approaches, concerns are being raised in Kansas over voting rights and access to the polls. The movement and elimination of some polling places is sparking fears that casting a ballot may be more difficult for some this year. Nowhere are worries greater than in Dodge City, where residents must leave town if they want to vote on Election Day.

UT: Utah voters consider redistricting ballot measure

deseretnews.com

If approved by voters, Utah's Proposition 4 will establish a seven-member, appointed commission to recommend how boundaries for congressional, legislative and state school board districts should be adjusted to reflect population shifts.

CO: Colorado outdoor recreation industry grows to $62B

denverpost.com

The value of Colorado's outdoor recreation industry has grown to $62.5 billion, almost double what it was just five years ago, and now supports about 511,000 jobs, a state report found. 

WI: Wisconsin OKs wells around sensitive trout streams

madison.com

Wisconsin has approved new high-capacity well applications in sensitive areas where permits were invalidated by a judge last year because heavy water withdrawals could damage nearby streams.

DC: Fight over tipping may be returning to the D.C. ballot

washingtonpost.com

The District of Columbia Council this month repealed Initiative 77, which voters passed in June to require employers to pay more to servers, bartenders and other workers relying on tips. Now supporters of Initiative 77 are trying to hold a referendum vote on the council’s decision to overturn the ballot measure.

CA: Gas-tax-repeal advocates seek recall of California AG

apnews.com

A conservative San Diego radio host who is a driving force behind an initiative to repeal California’s recent gas tax increases said he’ll seek to recall Democratic California Attorney General Xavier Becerra if the measure fails. Carl DeMaio said Becerra deceived voters by writing a ballot title that doesn’t clearly explain that Proposition 6 would reduce gas taxes.

NC: North Carolina prisoners with Hepatitis C ‘need proper medical care,’ attorney argues

newsobserver.com

A federal judge heard arguments in a lawsuit filed by three North Carolina inmates who want the state prison system to make changes in how it handles the testing and treatment of Hepatitis C.

NM: New Mexico judge orders approval of marijuana dispensary in senior living facility

abqjournal.com

A state judge ordered New Mexico to approve a marijuana dispensary in Los Lunas that had been denied a permit partly because it was located inside a senior living facility. The court ruled that the denial was unfounded based on current state law.

AZ: Arizona universities ban dockless scooters

azcentral.com

After Arizona State University announced a ban on electric scooters, the University of Arizona also banned them based on safety concerns about blocking paths and doorways.

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