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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 1/17

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 1/17

CA: California’s energy grid is in crisis. Can the state keep the lights on?

sacbee.com

With California at the forefront of a new energy landscape, officials are racing to design a future that will not just reshape power production and delivery but also dictate how we get around and how our goods are made.

DC: Restaurant for furloughed federal workers opens in Washington, D.C.

fox5dc.com

"Chefs for Feds," led by Celebrity Chef Jose Andres and his nonprofit World Central Kitchen has opened. The pop-up kitchen and cafe opened to feed federal workers and their families during the government shutdown. The kitchen, two blocks from the Trump International Hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue, in Washington, will be open daily through the end of the shutdown.

OK: Thousands in Oklahoma could lose Medicaid, study finds

newsok.com 

Between 4,000 and 13,000 Oklahomans could lose Medicaid coverage if Oklahoma is allowed to implement work requirements for the public health insurance program, according to a study from the Georgetown Center for Children and Families.

AZ: Arizona governor calls for spending federal child care money

azcentral.com 

Nearly a year after Arizona received $56 million in federal aid for child care, Republican Gov. Doug Ducey is calling on lawmakers to authorize its use. The funding, which lawmakers failed to approve last spring, would expand the state's child care assistance to an estimated 5,100 children in low-income working families and foster care.

DE: Delaware legislature readying election reform proposals

delawareonline.com

After multiple failed attempts in recent years, Delaware House Democrats now believe they are just weeks away from enacting a trio of election reforms, including early voting, same-day registration and an end to the dual-primary system.

AK: Alaska’s game management plan ‘outdated’

ktvz.com

Alaskan wildlife management that prioritizes reducing bear and wolf populations so hunters can kill more moose, caribou and deer is both backward and lacks scientific monitoring, ecologists say in a new paper.  

MA: Rite Aid agrees to $177k settlement in Massachusetts opioid dispensing case

bostonglobe.com

The Massachusetts attorney general accused the drug store chain of accepting cash payments for controlled substances from Medicaid recipients “in a limited number of instances,” instead of billing the agency as required by regulations.

AL: Alabama petition to end Martin Luther King-Robert E. Lee day nears 14k signatures

al.com

A petition calling on Alabama to end its combined Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert E. Lee holiday has garnered more than 13,600 signatures. The petition urges Alabama and Mississippi — the last two states with a joint holiday for the slain civil rights leader and the Confederate general — to stop the “horrific” practice.

NE: Nebraska could arm teachers, staff under legislative proposal

omaha.com

Nebraska state Sen. Steve Halloran said the measure would be a common-sense approach to the problem, especially for rural schools. It was not, he said, introduced on behalf of any school or for the powerful National Rifle Association, which contributed $500 to his 2016 campaign.

WA: Washington deems NRA-branded insurance program illegal

thehill.com

Washington’s insurance commissioner is seeking $177,000 in fines from two companies who sold the now-banned NRA “Carry Guard” policies in the state. Policyholders are given money up front to cover costs related to criminal defense, even if the insured later pleads guilty or is convicted of a crime. Washington state law prohibits insurance that covers criminal activity.

OR: Oregon governor’s husband cleans bathrooms at Mt. Hood National Forest

weather.com

Dan Little, husband of Democratic Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, took a trip to Mt. Hood National Forest and found a government shutdown-caused surge of trash. Little took the time to clean the restrooms in Sno-Park but decided his services shouldn't go unpaid. So, he sent a bill to President Donald Trump.  

SC: 1.4M in South Carolina still lack new ID

wyff4.com

South Carolina officials fear long lines this year as residents who have delayed rush to get new federally compliant ID cards needed for airline travel after October 1.

RI: Rhode Island bills would preserve abortion rights in state

providencejournal.com

Abortion-rights advocates have in recent days introduced two competing versions of legislation to keep abortion legal in Rhode Island, regardless of what the U.S. Supreme Court might do in the future to Roe v. Wade.

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