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Subject: May 19: Epic redistricting battle shapes up in Florida
Date: Mon May 19 14:37:21 MDT 2014
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TOP NEWS  May 19, 2014

Epic redistricting battle shapes up in Florida
The Miami Herald
If the legions of lawyers were armed with swords and clad in medieval dress, the state’s latest redistricting fight could be Florida’s Game of Thrones.

Pennsylvania casino gambling revenue levels off
Pocono Record
At 8 years old, the Pennsylvania gambling industry may have already reached its maturity. Saturation of casinos within the state and competition from surrounding states have stymied the growth of casino revenues.
NCSL research on casino taxes

Judge rejects N.C. law to end teacher tenure
The Wall Street Journal
A North Carolina judge struck down a law eliminating teacher tenure, upending a sweeping new policy less than a year after it was adopted by the state Legislature.

State, nursing homes face off over Medicaid
The Boston Globe
Nursing home operators say that reimbursements from Medicaid, on which many of their residents depend, are not keeping up with rising costs. But their calls for an increase are countered by some state officials who say there is no need to boost the payments.

Battle over genetically modified food in Oregon
ABC News
Unable to find a good solution to protecting their certified organic seed crops from potential contamination from genetically engineered crops, small organic farmers in this Oregon valley are appealing to a higher power: voters.

Holocaust memorial takes shape at Ohio Statehouse
Workers have been assembling a memorial on the grounds of the Ohio Statehouse that will remember victims of the Holocaust as well as honor Ohioans who participated in their liberation and the survivors who made the Buckeye State their home.
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2014 Summit
Poorly funded municipal pension plans can have dire consequences on states. Learn what legislatures can do to prevent municipal bankruptcies and make sure local pension plans are well-funded in a session at the Legislative Summit, Aug. 19-22 in Minneapolis.
NCSL's child support digest now  available online
The most recent issue of NCSL’s Child Support Digest is available to view online. The Child Support Digest is a quarterly publication of NCSL’s Child Support Project.
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