Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom said large-scale power outages in northern California were frustrating but necessary to prevent more wind-driven wildfires sparked by power lines. Utilities are struggling to prevent deadly wildfires that plagued the state last year.
Teachers in seven Florida county school districts will soon be locked and loaded thanks to a state law enacted this month that provides schools with the option to allow teachers to carry concealed guns. But 60 other districts including the state's largest ones have not approved the idea.
Arizona had 16 of the country's 35 deaths from West Nile virus, mostly in the Phoenix area, and officials are trying to figure out why such a dry climate produced a mosquito-borne illness outbreak. State officials advised residents to use mosquito repellent and avoid stagnant water outdoors.
Tax receipts in Idaho are $130 million short of projections, creating a potential $50 million deficit without spending cuts, according to new state estimates. Republican Gov. Brad Little has asked all state agencies to limit spending increases and cut back if possible ahead of next year's legislative session.
Stores in New Hampshire see their share of Massachusetts customers looking to escape the state sales tax or age restrictions on tobacco products. Sales have also increased since Massachusetts banned the sale of vaping products.
Dr. Joneigh Khaldun, Michigan’s chief medical executive, testified that youth vaping had become a health emergency, making a ban necessary because children were becoming addicted to nicotine. Khaldun testified for the state in a lawsuit by vaping stores seeking to overturn the ban.
Proposed rules would give Republican Wisconsin lawmakers an unlimited number of attempts at overriding vetoes issued by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers.
Washington is second only to New York among states with the most people infected by measles so far this year amid the biggest national surge in cases in more than 25 years. Of the Washington cases, 66 of the 88 affected never got a vaccine, and five got only one of the two required to develop immunity. New York recorded 914 cases.
In an election expected to be dominated by presidential politics, Minnesota’s two biggest parties will be spending a lot of time and money on the few races likely to decide control of the state Senate.
Many rural communities are struggling. But some are finding creative ways to grow. In Marquette, Kansas, city leaders developed a way to bring new residents inside the city limits by giving them a free plot of land to build on.
A judge has denied the attempts of companies tied to Georgia’s opioid crisis to stop the state’s lawsuit against them. Georgia, under Republican Attorney General Chris Carr, sued more than two dozen opioid-makers and distributors.
New York state will sue the International Joint Commission over Lake Ontario flood damage that critics blame on the binational agency's water level management policy. The state will seek compensation for damage to homes and businesses on the shore.
New Mexico has discontinued financial bonuses for top-rated teachers of up to $10,000. They were devised by former Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is planning a new system with less emphasis on student test scores.
A Nevada law automatically restored the voting rights of people who had been released from prison, without any conditions, enabling them to register to vote. About 77,000 ex-prisoners are affected.