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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/8

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 8/8

TX: Texas governor: ‘no red flags’ seen in El Paso gunman

apnews.com

Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott said he’s not aware of any “red flags” in the suspected El Paso gunman’s past and made no mention of taking major gun control measures in Texas, where three mass shootings since 2017 have killed more than 50 people.

MS: Record immigration raids net 680 arrests in Mississippi

washingtonpost.com

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents swept through seven worksites in six cities across Mississippi, arresting approximately 680 people the agency said were undocumented immigrants in what officials said is the largest single-state workplace enforcement action in U.S. history.

WI: Wisconsin farmers are losing as China halts ag purchases

jsonline.com

Wisconsin farmers say China’s decision to halt the purchase of billions of dollars in U.S. agricultural products would be a blow to the rural economy that’s already struggling from trade wars. In the first four months of 2019 alone, Wisconsin exports to China fell by $134.3 million, or 25%.

GA: Georgia governor orders budget cuts

ajc.com

Georgia's state agencies will have to look for ways to cut their budgets under a directive from Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s administration. It’s the first budget cut request since the state was hammered by the after-effects of the Great Recession nearly a decade ago.

NE, IA: Schools in Iowa, Nebraska prepare for flood-traumatized students

omaha.com

Iowa and Nebraska school officials in areas hit hard by flooding earlier this year expect that once the school year begins, they’ll have to deal with students who are still traumatized or who haven’t been able to return home yet.

NJ: New Jersey legal weed bill could come back this year

nj.com

A bill to legalize recreational marijuana in New Jersey may not be dead after all. Democratic state Senate President Stephen Sweeney said he’ll make “one more run at it” soon despite abandoning the effort to pass a bill earlier this year.

CT: Connecticut AG rules for more transparency in billionaire’s contribution to schools

courant.com

A $300 million partnership between hedge fund billionaire Ray Dalio and the state to bolster Connecticut schools has faced questions regarding transparency. The issue should be subject to the state Freedom of Information Act in a limited capacity, said state Attorney General William Tong.

AK: Alaska governor urged to reverse budget cuts

adn.com

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy will consider a bill reversing most of the more than $400 million in funding he vetoed earlier. Social service and community organizations rallied in favor of the bill.

CA: Governor steers $331M to California renters, homeowners after court ruling

sacbee.com

After California’s top court determined the state misspent $331 million intended to help homeowners, Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a plan to channel the money through nonprofits to help homeowners and renters navigate housing issues.

AZ: Arizona’s open-carry gun law poses challenges for police, businesses

azcentral.com

While lawmakers argue about what should be done to prevent mass shootings, police officers remain vigilant in a state where just about anyone over the age of 21 can carry a firearm — concealed or not — without a special permit or license.

RI: Rhode Island governor seeks to add third gender option to driver’s licenses

providencejournal.com

Transgender advocates have long sought a nonbinary choice. The change would allow people to put an “X” in the gender field of licenses and birth certificates, where currently they can only put “M” for male or “F” for female.

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