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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 12/19

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 12/19

US: Coalition of states to curb transit emissions

apnews.com

A coalition of nine Northeast and mid-Atlantic states and the District of Columbia have announced an agreement to work to impose regional limits on carbon emissions from transportation sources. The group said emissions from transportation sources account for the largest portion of the region’s carbon pollution.

DC: Washington, D.C., legalizes sports betting

washingtonpost.com

The District of Columbia Council gave final approval to legal sports betting, making the nation’s capital the first in the Washington, Maryland, Virginia region to allow residents and visitors to bet money on professional sports teams and contests.

CA: California bars could stay open until 4 a.m.

latimes.com

The proposal would create a five-year pilot program under which Los Angeles, San Francisco, Oakland, Sacramento, West Hollywood, Long Beach, Coachella, Cathedral City and Palm Springs could extend alcohol sales in bars, clubs and restaurants from 2 a.m. until 4 a.m.

NV: Nevada legislature first in U.S. with majority women

lasvegassun.com

When it convenes in February, the Nevada legislature will have 32 women and 31 men, with 23 women in the 42-member Assembly and nine in the 21-member Senate. Clark County Commissioners helped tip the scales after voting to appoint two Democratic women to Assembly seats that were vacant.

MI: 'Dark money' protections sent to Michigan governor

freep.com

A Republican bill to put a further cloak of secrecy over the names of donors who pay for political attack ads was approved by the Michigan legislature after proponents compared their plight to that of NAACP supporters during the civil rights movement.

NM: Officials baffled by large migrant groups at remote New Mexico crossing

apnews.com

Large numbers of Guatemalan families and unaccompanied children are surrendering to U.S. immigration agents in an extremely remote and dangerous stretch of New Mexico desert, a new smuggling route that has baffled authorities.

CT: Day care deaths linked to subsidies, Connecticut officials fear

ctmirror.org

When the state cut off the subsidies for child care programs in 2016, fears mounted that parents would have little choice but to send their children to unregulated care.

TX: Texas has failed to close educational gaps for children of color

texastribune.org

Texas has made limited progress over the last few decades to ensure poor students of color graduate from high school on track to compete in the workforce with their white and wealthier peers. More than half of white Texans age 25 to 34 have degrees or technical certificates, compared with roughly 38 percent of blacks and a quarter of Hispanics.

NY: New York panel recommends highest U.S. limits on pollutants

timesunion.com

After missing its statutory October deadline, the New York state Drinking Water Quality Council is recommending nation-leading limits on three industrial pollutants linked to cancer in drinking water: PFOA, PFOS and dioxane.

ID: Idaho, U.S. sign logging agreement

idahostatesman.com

State and federal officials signed an agreement to help protect Idaho's national forest lands, which are at risk of insect infestations and destructive wildfires. Money from timber sales would pay for restoration.

CO: Colorado regulators increase oil, gas setbacks from school

coloradopolitics.com 

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission has approved new rules to increase setbacks between new oil and gas operations and school playgrounds and sports fields. Under current rules, the setback between new drilling and outdoor facilities will increase to 1,000 feet.

MN: Suicide rate rose in Minnesota in 2017

twincities.com

Suicides increased 5 percent in Minnesota last year over 2016, prompting state officials to warn of a growing public health challenge and remind residents that there are resources for help. The spike was driven by a 9 percent increase in male suicides, state Department of Health statistics show.

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