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What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/8

What We're Reading: Top State Stories 6/8

NC: Hundreds pay respects to North Carolina native George Floyd

newsobserver.com

Though mainly from Houston, George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis under police custody, was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina, which much of his large family still calls home. Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper ordered flags flown at half-staff in his honor.

FL: Florida company gets questionable $10M testing contract

tampabay.com

The Trump administration handed out large contracts for testing supplies without much vetting. A St. Petersburg company with a questionable background won big.

CA: California police to stop using ‘carotid hold’ on suspects

sacbee.com

Several California police departments have suspended use of the “carotid control” hold following Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s call to end the practice. The governor said he would remove the technique from law enforcement training and is endorsing a bill to ban its use.

NM: Right-wing militias attend New Mexico protests

santafenewmexican.com

Pistols, guns and even assault rifles are a common presence at New Mexico protests. The guns aren't held by cops or protesters but by armed civilians who say their intention is to protect the public from riots and looting.

NJ: Coronavirus price-gouging complaints still pouring in across New Jersey

nj.com

Although coronavirus infection rates in New Jersey have fallen steadily in recent weeks, the state’s Office of the Attorney General continues receiving complaints about businesses illegally hiking prices of cleaning supplies such as bleach and hand sanitizer as well as disinfectant wipes and spray.

ID: Amid pandemic, Idaho won't release prisoners

idahostatesman.com

The Idaho Commission of Pardons and Parole has been conducting business as usual during this pandemic, and Idaho cannot let inmates out before they serve the fixed portion of their sentence or let offenders out without a parole plan.

MN: Governor is spending Minnesota’s federal COVID-19 money his way, whether the legislature likes it or not

minnpost.com

Senate Republicans have been pushing a bill that would require legislative approval for the spending of federal CARES Act money. Democratic Gov. Tim Walz opposes it, since the current process allows him to spend the federal dollars as he wishes.

KY: University of Kentucky to remove Memorial Hall mural, president says

kentucky.com

The University of Kentucky will begin taking down the Memorial Hall mural that depicts black workers — possibly slaves — planting tobacco, an email sent to the campus said.

NY: New York Senate moves to repeal statute shielding police files

timesunion.com

Legislation that would repeal a 1976 statute that has enabled New York law enforcement agencies to block the public's access to police disciplinary records was introduced in the state Senate. Lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo have pledged to overturn the law.     

VT: Governor loosens travel restrictions into and out of Vermont

vpr.org

Vermont Gov. Phil Scott, a Republican, announced that out-of-state travel to and from certain counties across New York and New England will be allowed to resume, without mandatory quarantines.

GA: Pandemic could have lasting impact on how Georgia government works

ajc.com

The coronavirus pandemic may have changed the way Georgia government operates for good, and that means tens of millions of dollars in savings at a time when lawmakers are desperately trying to patch holes in the budget.

MS: ‘If Mississippi is ready for change, then everybody is’: Historic crowd of thousands packs streets to protest racial inequities

mississippitoday.org

Thousands of Mississippians gathered in the state capital for a peaceful protest against police brutality, inequities in the criminal justice system and state-sponsored Confederate symbolism.

CT: Connecticut task force on police accountability sporadic

courant.com

Despite increasing calls for change, a special police accountability task force created by the Connecticut General Assembly and signed into law last year by Democratic Gov. Ned Lamont has failed to meet for months.

IN: Indiana voters show support for school spending

apnews.com

Voters across Indiana supported local schools on primary day last week at a time when many are without jobs and uncertainties remain about economic losses fueled by the pandemic.

RI: Rhode Island governor apologizes for not wearing mask

providencejournal.com

Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo apologized for violating her own safety protocols by addressing a group of protesters at the State House without wearing a mask.

WY: Armed residents wander Wyoming town following vigil for George Floyd

trib.com

Several of the armed civilians roaming the streets of Casper, Wyoming, were carrying long guns. One had a large Confederate flag flying from the trunk of a Toyota Camry.

IL: Illinois AG calls for police licensing

wbez.org

Democratic Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul is renewing his push to require police to be licensed by the state. Raoul is the second black man to serve as the state’s top elected law enforcement officer. 

ME: Coronavirus swabs made during Trump’s Maine factory tour will be tossed in the trash

usatoday.com

President Donald Trump traveled to Maine to tour a facility that makes medical swabs used for coronavirus testing, but the swabs manufactured in the background during his visit will ultimately be thrown in the trash, the company said.

NH: New Hampshire governor scraps anti-sunbathing restrictions

nhpr.org

After his initial restrictions were in place for less than a week, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu is altering the rules for beach access in New Hampshire.

KS: Secret document lists locations of Kansas coronavirus outbreaks

kansas.com

The report, provided by Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation, discloses what Kansas state and local health authorities have often refused to share with the public: a detailed account, by name and location, of every outbreak as of May 19. 

OK: Oklahoma poll workers hesitant to work June 30 election

oklahoman.com

With Oklahoma’s primary election quickly approaching, some election workers say they have to choose between their civic duty and their health. Most Oklahoma election workers are retirees 61 or older.

NJ: Governor nominates first black woman to New Jersey Supreme Court

nj.com

A black woman is blazing the trail to the New Jersey Supreme Court for the first time in the state’s 244-year history. The daughter of Haitian immigrants, a first-generation American whose second language is English, Fabiana Pierre-Louis knows her unconventional path could bring a new perspective to the state’s highest court.

NY: New York will allow small outdoor graduations

timesunion.com

New York will permit outdoor, socially distanced graduations of up to 150 people starting June 26, Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced.  

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