New coal mine restrictions start in Colorado
The Denver Post
Friday will see the first coal-dust-minimizing regulations in 45 years go into effect. The regulations will bring immediate, and controversial, changes in air sampling and monitoring and increased medical testing of miners.
Minn. minimum wage rises to $8
St. Paul Pioneer Press
It's the first of three annual increases that will push Minnesota's wage floor from $6.15 an hour -- among the lowest in the country -- to $9.50 -- the second highest in the country -- by 2016. Beginning in 2018, it will be indexed to inflation.
NCSL's state minimum wage chart.
Illinois Medicaid restricts use of hepatitis drug
Facing ballooning costs for a $1,000 pill to treat hepatitis C, Illinois' Medicaid program is putting tight restrictions in place, including requiring patients to meet 25 criteria and get prior approval before the government program will pay for the new drug.
Calif. high-speed rail wins big court victory
San Jose Mercury News
In a huge victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, a panel of appellate court judges Thursday gave its blessing to the state's bullet train funding plan, paving the way for California to sell $8.6 billion in bonds it needs to construct the controversial San Francisco-to-Los Angeles rail line.