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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/29

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 7/29

KY: 'In God We Trust’ signs being hung in every Kentucky school

kentucky.com

When classes start in the next few weeks, every school in Kentucky will have to prominently display the motto “In God We Trust” under a new law passed by the 2019 General Assembly.

CA: Those seeking access to Trump’s tax returns now wait for California

latimes.com

One of two storylines will emerge from California’s capital city about President Donald Trump’s long-standing refusal to release his income tax returns. At issue is the impending approval or veto of Senate Bill 27, the latest effort by Democratic legislators to link a presidential hopeful’s tax transparency to ballot access.

AK: Alaska defunds scholarships for thousands of students

nbcnews.com

After the University of Alaska lost 41% of its state funding, thousands of students were told Alaska would no longer be providing promised state scholarships.

IL: Illinois eliminates statute of limitations on major sex crimes

chicagotribune.com

Prosecutors in Illinois will no longer face a time limit on bringing charges for major sex offenses, regardless of the alleged victim’s age, under a measure Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed into law.

NY: New York governor says contractors benefit from transit authority, but so does he

newyorktimes.com

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, effectively controls the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and for quite some time has tried to humiliate it into changing its ways. He said the MTA has “an incestuous relationship” with “bad contractors.”

NM: Lawsuit challenges two New Mexico gun laws

abqjournal.com

A conservative coalition filed a lawsuit this week challenging the constitutionality of two new gun laws in New Mexico — one requiring background checks, the other prohibiting the possession of guns by domestic abusers.

MI: Michigan inmate wins right to report prison abuse to outside agencies

freep.com

Sharee Miller, an inmate at Michigan’s prison for women, made national headlines in 2000 after she plotted the killing of her Flint-area husband as part of a love triangle. Now, Miller is in the news again after the Michigan ACLU went to federal court in Detroit to assert her First Amendment right to report prison abuse.

HI: Crimes go unsolved as Hawaii police department copes with officer shortage

staradvertiser.com

If your car was stolen or your home burglarized, chances are at least one Hawaii police department won’t be following up with an investigation but rather with a letter essentially saying they won’t be following up.

OR: Scientists warn Oregon is lagging in disaster preparedness

apnews.com

Oregon state lawmakers abandoned a multimillion-dollar project to develop early warning systems for earthquakes and wildfires, and scientists warn that the funding shake-up could endanger public safety and put Oregon further behind other West Coast states in preparing for natural disasters.

KS: Kansas governor has chance to re-shape Supreme Court

apnews.com

The Kansas Supreme Court’s chief justice plans to retire before the end of the year, allowing first-year Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly to leave a bigger mark on the state’s highest court than her conservative Republican predecessors.

GA: Georgia Department of Public Safety hit with cyberattack, officials say

ajc.com

The Georgia Department of Public Safety is the state’s latest government agency to report that it’s fallen victim to a ransomware attack. Officials decided to shut down the department’s computer servers and systems as the Georgia Technology Authority investigates.

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