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Date: Fri Apr 04 12:34:34 MDT 2014

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April 4, 2014

Leaders of Problematic State Exchanges Not Looking for Bailout

Pressed by Republican House members during a Congressional hearing, directors of troubled state insurance exchanges said Thursday that they could fix continuing Obamacare glitches with grant money they have already received and would not ask for federal bailouts.


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Mississippi Governor Signs Anti-Gay Bill
'Legislator to Watch' Missing Major Votes
Idaho Enacts Low-Risk Business Tax Incentives
Despite Bankruptcy, Detroit Gets Another Loan to Fund City Services
Health & Human Services
Georgia Governor Orders Cleanup to Food Stamp Program to Avoid Federal Cuts
Infrastructure & Environment
Snohomish County Officials Thought of Buying Out Homeowners at Mudslide Site
Management & Labor
New Jersey Transit Sued for Suspending Employee in Medical Marijuana Program
Public Safety & Justice
New York Police to Start Carrying Heroin Antidote
New Jersey's New Drug to Counteract Heroin Overdoses
Judge Blocks Two Texas Executions, Says Inmates Have a Right to Know About the Drugs That Will Be Used to Kill Them

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