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Subject: Sept. 24: Low poverty rates in some states obscure deeper despair
Date: Wed Sep 24 14:47:25 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  Sept. 24, 2014

Low poverty rates in some states obscure deeper despair
A Stateline analysis of new state-by-state poverty data released by U.S. Census Bureau last week shows that some states with the lowest overall poverty rates in 2013 also had some of the highest percentages of low-income residents living in deep poverty — defined as earning less than half of the federal poverty level, or about $12,000 per year for a family of four.

Louisiana looks to recoup $100 million through amnesty
The Advocate
The state budget relies on the program bringing in just over $100 million this year, after a similar program recouped an estimated $452 million last year.

Ohio's early voting lawsuit could affect other states
A federal court decision finding Ohio's plentiful early voting days too restrictive could have ramifications for dozens of other states, attorneys defending Ohio law in a voting rights lawsuit warned in a brief filed Monday.
NCSL research on absentee and early voting.

Homelessness increases among school children
Associated Press
Education Department statistics released Monday say 1.3 million homeless children were enrolled in U.S. schools in the 2012-2013 school year - an 8 percent increase from the previous school year.

Filthy boarding houses target of N.J. bill requiring posting of inspections
State and local officials would be given 72 hours to post inspection reports online for boarding homes and shelters that fail inspection for violating health and safety codes, under a bill that passed a state Assembly committee.

ACLU sues over Arizona 'revenge porn' bill
NBC News
A new Arizona law making "revenge porn" illegal is so broad it criminalizes booksellers, artists, news photographers and even historians and is therefore unconstitutional, the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona said in a federal lawsuit.
NCSL research on state 'revenge porn' legislation.
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States respond to untested sexual assault evidence
Across the nation, state and local governments are grappling with the discovery of untested sexual assault evidence collection kits—commonly called “rape kits”—in police precincts and storage facilities.
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