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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/31

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 10/31

NC: Governor sets goal to cut North Carolina greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent

newsobserver.com

North Carolina would cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2025 under an ambitious statewide goal set by Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper. He said powerful hurricanes and other consequences of climate change are forcing government to respond.

CA: California mistakenly spent $4B on health care, audit says

latimes.com

California’s Department of Health Care Services paid $4 billion over four years to cover patients who may have no longer qualified for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. The audit found 453,000 beneficiaries who were marked as eligible in the state’s system, but not in county systems — indicating they may not have been eligible for coverage.

NJ: In echo of Flint, Mich., water crisis now hits New Jersey city

nytimes.com

For nearly a year and a half, top officials in Newark, New Jersey, denied that their water system had a widespread lead problem, despite ample evidence. But this month, facing results from a new study, the officials abruptly changed course, beginning an urgent giveaway of 40,000 water filters across the city, targeting tens of thousands of residences.

ID: Idaho governor endorses Medicaid expansion

idahostatesman.com

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter, a Republican, endorsed Proposition 2, the initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act.

PA: Pennsylvania GOP dealt 3rd redistricting loss in U.S. courts

apnews.com

The U.S. Supreme Court is dismissing another challenge by top Republican lawmakers from Pennsylvania to the legality of new congressional district boundaries imposed by the state’s highest court in a gerrymandering case.

RI: Court rules Rhode Island must offer special education until age 22

providencejournal.com

The plaintiff in the case says Rhode Island provides public education to young adults without disabilities between the ages of 21 and 22 but does not provide special-education services to people with special needs of the same age. The ruling affects about 1,600 students.

UT: Utah governor's PAC fighting against ballot measure to boost Legislature's power 

sltrib.com

Utahns for Balanced Government, a group that opposes a ballot measure that would allow Utah's legislature to call itself into special session, was almost entirely funded by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert's political action committee. 

MD: Maryland voters to decide whether to adopt Election Day registration

washingtonpost.com

Maryland voters are deciding whether to amend the state constitution to allow people to register on Election Day. The Democratic-backed initiative was opposed by most Republican lawmakers and has not been endorsed by GOP Gov. Larry Hogan.

CO: Colorado fire districts ask voters for funding 

denverpost.com

More than 50 fire districts across Colorado are requesting the same thing from their voters this fall: Give us a legal workaround to a state property tax law that’s set to slash our budgets again.

FL: Hurricane Maria victims are not going to decide Florida’s statewide elections

miamiherald.com

There isn’t much evidence that Puerto Ricans who came to Florida after Hurricane Maria will end up shaping the state’s high-profile races. Operatives from both parties acknowledged that it’s a major challenge and a drain on finite campaign resources to get people to vote who are primarily concerned about finding stable housing, jobs and transportation.

NC: Fish flee for cooler waters, flipping lives in North Carolina

reuters.com

As once-bountiful summer flounder leave North Carolina’s shores for cooler waters to the north, a proud fishing town loses out. A yearlong investigation came to a disturbing conclusion: Marine life is facing an epic dislocation.

DE: Delaware will buy your bump stock for $100

delawareonline.com

Bump stocks and trigger cranks are now illegal to sell and trade in Delaware. But any state resident who still owns one can exchange it for cold, hard cash during a series of state-sanctioned buyback events.

LA: Why 90,000 Louisiana residents will be getting checks in the mail

shreveporttimes.com

The money, for some up to $1,500, comes from the unclaimed property ledger managed by the Louisiana treasury. It has always been available to its rightful owners, but until now those making a claim had to fill out paperwork and submit the request, which was to be verified by the treasury.

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