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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/4

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 9/4

FL: More than 100 Florida health care facilities evacuated ahead of Hurricane Dorian

miamiherald.com

More than 100 health care facilities have been evacuated in Florida, displacing thousands of patients and residents, as state officials remain wary of storm surge and flooding that Hurricane Dorian could bring on its path up the East Coast.

TX: Texas shooter bought gun via private sale without background check

texastribune.org

The 36-year-old man who fatally shot seven people and wounded 22 others last weekend in Midland-Odessa, Texas, purchased his weapon in a private person-to-person sale. In Texas, person-to-person sales do not require background checks.

CT: Connecticut attorney general goes to bat for pardoned immigrant

courant.com

For the second time in recent weeks, Connecticut Attorney General William Tong went to bat for a Connecticut resident facing deportation because federal immigration authorities have reversed themselves and stopped recognizing the validity of the state’s criminal pardons. 

WI: With 50,000 unvaccinated, Wisconsin faces measles risk

jsonline.com

When Wisconsin children return to school this week, close to 50,000 of them will have waivers that exempt them from vaccines, leaving them vulnerable to measles at a time when the nation has experienced its largest outbreak in 27 years.

NY: New York governor signs legislation giving law enforcement more info on firearms’ owners

timesunion.com

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, signed a series of measures into law intended to increase law enforcement agencies' access to information on gun owners.

MN: THC may be culprit in Minnesota teen respiratory cases

startribune.com

Health officials have interviewed eight of 15 patients in Minnesota who have been hospitalized for severe respiratory illnesses with confirmed links to vaping. All inhaled THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana that creates a high sensation, state officials said.

VT: How ICE’s nerve center landed in Vermont

burlingtonfreepress.com

Nestled in suburban Williston, Vermont, sits an unassuming brick building without any signage, aside from an address. The building is called the Law Enforcement Support Center.

MT: Sports betting timeline in Montana pushed to year's end

billingsgazette.com

Montana officials say the state won't offer sports betting until the end of the year, and possibly longer. Montana Lottery Director Angela Wong told an interim legislative committee that the timing depends on when the new regulations are finalized.

NC: Court blocks North Carolina redistricting plan

newsobserver.com

North Carolina's political maps for the state legislature are unconstitutional and must be redrawn before the 2020 elections, a state court ruled.

MO: How a pickup and a bureaucratic tangle led to Missouri’s special session

kansascity.com

The road to next week’s special session of Missouri’s General Assembly began more than two years ago, when David Kehlenbrink bought a $27,500 black Dodge Ram pickup truck.

MS: Mississippi wedding venue refused interracial couple, citing 'Christian beliefs'

clarionledger.com

An interracial Mississippi couple was turned away from a wedding venue in Booneville with the owner citing the refusal based on her "Christian beliefs." The owner of the venue has since apologized, saying she was raised to believe interracial marriage was an "understood subject."

OK: Oklahoma governor shakes up leadership at Oklahoma Department of Public Safety, Highway Patrol

tulsaworld.com

Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt made the changes after months of turmoil at the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety and repeated delays in coming into compliance with the federal REAL ID law.

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