Mike Hubbard, speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives and a powerful leader in the state Republican Party, has been indicted by a grand jury and charged with 23 counts, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value.
With 155,000 people added to West Virginia’s Medicaid program, the state’s family practice doctors are seeing more patients whose medical care requires a complete overhaul. Many have medical treatment plans that don’t comply with program standards or are taking drugs that are not on the Medicaid program’s preferred medication list.
South Carolina receives $7.87 in federal funds for every dollar spent in income taxes, the highest ratio of any state, according to a finance website. The state ranked 12th overall in most dependence on the federal government.
Ryan Fecteau, 22, of Biddeford, is making his first run for the House; Justin Chenette, 23, of Saco, is seeking re-election. The average age of state representatives is 55. “If we don’t step up, it will be too late,” Chenette said.
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspended Justice Seamus P. McCaffery amid allegations that he sent pornographic emails and threatened to entangle a fellow justice in the widening scandal after vowing not to go "down alone."
After calling for an end to subsidies for wind energy production, the Texas comptroller will soon release a report that could rekindle debate surrounding Texas’ largest incentive for natural gas producers.
The Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals announced a plan to end the practice of billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
Casino opponents are forecasting a doomsday for the Massachusetts State Lottery if casinos are allowed to open in the state, but their predictions are not supported by the results in other large states that have introduced casinos into mature lottery markets, according to a newspaper analysis.
Tennessee regulators have shut down a dialysis center for putting patients at risk for bloodstream infections, saying the clinic failed to follow through on a plan of correction after state officials observed several infection control violations during a January inspection.
Under the “Housing First” program, Utah has reduced its chronically homeless population 72 percent since 2005. Keeping a promise made 10 years ago, the Utah Homeless Task Force expects to effectively end chronic homelessness in the state by the end of 2015.
The petitions call for Republican Gov. Rick Scott to cut carbon emissions and invest in solar power, actions that would help the state comply with the federal government's proposed Clean Power Plan.
A Mississippi transportation official says it would take $2 billion to repair or replace all of the bridges in the state that are in disrepair.
While heroin abuse is a bigger problem in southern Delaware than it is in the northern part of the state, services there are sparse with no state-funded detox or inpatient rehabilitation centers in the area, according to a newspaper report.