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Drug-Addiction Epidemic Creates Crisis in Foster Care
State foster care systems are being overwhelmed by a surge in the number of neglected, abandoned or abused children — stemming largely from drug-addicted parents.

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New Jersey Legislature sends 23-cent gasoline tax hike to governor
reuters.com
Lawmakers gave final approval to increasing the tax to 37.5 cents a gallon as part of a $16 billion deal to fund road, bridge and transit projects for eight years. New Jersey hasn’t raised its tax since 1988.
 
Same-day voter registration will be an option Nov. 8 in Illinois
chicagotribune.com
Same-day voter registration will be available in Illinois on Election Day after the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied an attempt to expedite a case that challenges the state’s registration law.
 
Arkansas governor to propose income tax cut
arkansasonline.com
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said he thinks Arkansas could conservatively afford a $50 million-a-year income tax cut, even amid some economic uncertainty. He has yet to decide, however, how a large a cut he will ask the General Assembly to approve next year.
 
North Carolina lawmakers consider lottery reforms to safeguard games
newsobserver.com
North Caroline lawmakers, as well as lottery officials, say they will examine how to safeguard the integrity of games after The Charlotte Observer found hundreds of players who beat staggering odds time and again to win jackpots.
 
New Hampshire State House dome shines
unionleader.com
The golden dome atop the New Hampshire State House shines with a brilliance not seen for a generation, as a $2.6 million renovation project nears completion in the run-up to the building's bicentennial in 2019.
 
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