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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/26

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/26

CA: California’s housing shortage has companies carving up apartments to lower the rent

latimes.com

In response to California’s housing shortage, companies are selling dividing walls or curtains to create new bedrooms. Some firms — armed with Silicon Valley backing and a brand of “co-living” — are offering a variety of sleeping situations and services that make it easier to find roommates and then live with them.

OH: Ohio business tax cuts allow well-off to claim breaks meant for poor

dispatch.com

Ohio’s business income-tax deduction, which lets tens of thousands of business owners avoid state income tax, also is apparently allowing wealthier taxpayers to qualify for tax credits designed for low-income residents.

DC, US: A lot of cities want roboshuttles, including D.C. But will they work?

washingtonpost.com

From the Mall to Lincoln, Nebraska, planners across the United States are pushing slow-rolling roboshuttles as a way to dip their toes into greater automation.

OR: Oregon hides how children die on its watch

oregonlive.com

Oregon law requires the state to do a prompt review when a child dies after child welfare workers have been called in. But those reports have been late or missing in the case of every child who has died since March 2017.

NE: Nebraska's outdated voting machines spark election worries

apnews.com

Nebraska lawmakers have discussed the need to replace voting machines but haven't moved forward because of a struggling farm economy and several years of tight budgets. Legislators will have to balance the state's finances in the face of a projected $95 million revenue shortfall.

NH: New Hampshire lawmakers consider increasing mental health funding

unionleader.com

New Hampshire’s mental health system, once a national model for community-based care, needs an immediate infusion of $24 million over the next two years, according to a draft plan awaiting public review and legislative action.

VT: Investigation finds dangerous culture at Vermont National Guard

vtdigger.com

A “good ol’ boys” culture at the Vermont National Guard gives male officials preferential treatment and has created a toxic environment for women who say they have been mistreated and passed up for promotions.

RI: Rhode Island won’t meet its goal of reducing drug overdoses

wpri.com

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo, a Democrat, set a goal in 2015 to reduce the number of accidental drug overdose deaths by one-third in three years, but since then a potent and sometimes lethal opioid — fentanyl — has emerged, making it impossible for the state to reach the objective.

AK: Alaska experiencing some of the most extreme climate change in the U.S. says new report

adn.com

Alaska is grappling with coastal erosion, damage to roads and buildings, and thinning summer sea ice, according to the massive Fourth National Climate Assessment report produced over three years by more than 300 researchers from over a dozen federal agencies.

MN: Minnesota's governor-elect says state should legalize pot

twincities.com

Minnesota's newly elected Democratic governor says legalizing marijuana could bring in a new source of tax revenue if regulated properly, and could reduce the number of people locked up for drug offenses. But the measure faces the state legislature, which will be split between Democrats and Republicans come January.

HI: Climate report paints dire picture for Hawaii

staradvertiser.com

Across the state, nearly 550 Hawaiian cultural sites would be flooded or eroded, 38 miles of major roads would be chronically flooded and more than 6,500 structures and 25,800 acres of land near the shoreline would be unusable or lost, resulting in approximately 20,000 displaced residents in need of homes.

AZ: Navajo Nation seeks court order on ballot signatures

apnews.com

The Navajo Nation is seeking a court order to allow tribal members to fix problems with signatures on early ballots in Arizona's general election.

NM: Medical marijuana interferes with job searches in New Mexico

santafenewmexican.com

Many employers in New Mexico have drug testing requirements and offer little flexibility for applicants who legally use medical cannabis.

ID: Idaho draws out-of-state retirees

postregister.com

Idaho has the sixth-largest population of retirees moving into the state, far behind Florida and Arizona but still seeing thousands of new seniors arriving every year. Idaho Falls has emerged as one of the biggest draws.

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