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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 2/7

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 2/7

VA: Virginia in turmoil as top three officials are mired in scandals

nytimes.com

The third-ranking elected official in Virginia, Attorney General Mark Herring, acknowledged he had worn blackface at a party as an undergraduate student, deepening a crisis that has engulfed the state’s Democratic leadership.

NC: ICE arrest dozens in North Carolina raids

newsobserver.com

Federal immigration agents arrested dozens of people in North Carolina, including 27 at a gun manufacturer in Sanford and at least 12 in other locations in Charlotte and Wake County.

WA: Measles outbreak now an emergency in Washington state

nytimes.com

Measles, declared eliminated as a major public health threat in the United States almost 20 years ago, has re-emerged this winter in the Pacific Northwest and other states where parents have relatively broad leeway over whether to vaccinate their children. Fifty cases of the highly contagious disease were in Washington state.

NY: New York governor plans to cut funding for housing

timesunion.com

The budget unveiled by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo cuts funding for New York housing preservation programs by about a third. It doesn't replace $20 million for a foreclosure prevention program that runs out March 31.

MI: Michigan panel rejects governor's environmental order

freep.com

A Michigan House committee voted to reject a sweeping environmental executive order signed by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. The House Government Operations Committee voted 3-2 in a party line vote to reject the order, in a sign that talk about a bipartisan working relationship is evaporating.

NJ: New Jersey public schools will have silent alarms

nj.com

Thanks to a signature from Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy, New Jersey’s 2,500 public schools will soon have silent panic alarms used to help protect students during emergencies like a shooting.

MA: Massachusetts lawmakers propose to regulate student loans — all but inviting a lawsuit

bostonglobe.com

Massachusetts lawmakers in the House and Senate want to subject loan servicers to new registration requirements, create an ombudsman to field complaints about unfair practices, and empower the state to investigate and pull the licenses of “deceptive” companies.

HI: Number of registered firearms in Hawaii unknown, study finds

staradvertiser.com

There is no reliable way to determine how many firearms are registered in Hawaii, let alone how many unregistered or illegal weapons there might be in the state, according to a new study by the Hawaii Legislative Reference Bureau. Hawaii has some of the toughest firearm laws in the nation.

MS: Mississippi Republicans advance ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban

mississippitoday.org 

Emboldened by a newly conservative U.S. Supreme Court, Mississippi House and Senate committees passed legislation that would ban abortions as soon as a fetal heartbeat can be detected, setting the stage for another legal fight with abortion-rights advocates.  

AZ: Arizona city wants razor wire removed from border wall

apnews.com 

Elected officials in a small Arizona border city have passed a resolution condemning the use of razor wire that now covers the entirety of a tall border wall through downtown. The Nogales City Council calls on the federal government to remove all concertina wire installed within the city limits. Mayor Arturo Garino is threatening to sue.

AR: Arkansas Senate OKs $97M tax cut

apnews.com

Arkansas’ Senate approved a $97 million plan to cut the top income tax rate, advancing a key part of Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s agenda a day after the proposal fell short. The proposal would cut the top income tax rate from 6.9 to 5.9 percent over the next two years.

TN: Medicaid work requirements would cost Tennessee nearly $19M a year, experts say

tennessean.com 

Requiring people to work for government health insurance will hit low-income Tennessee parents, caregivers and children especially hard and cost the state more money than it saves, according to a panel of experts.

RI: Rhode Island to rethink high school instruction in partnership with education nonprofit

providencejournal.com

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is partnering with a nonprofit education organization to help Rhode Island public schools reimagine what high school could look like.

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