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    • Stateline Story
    January 7, 2004
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    The recent case of so-called mad cow disease found in a cow in Washington state last month is prompting state lawmakers to scrutinize their policies on livestock health, but most are taking a wait-and-see approach to any new state-level legislation. more

    • Stateline Story
    December 31, 2003
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    The new year brings more than just a change of calendars. Hundreds of new state laws are taking effect from coast to coast, covering such diverse matters as the creation of a highway fast lane, determining who pays for birth control pills and dictating how you can split your tongue to resemble a snakes. And thats just in Illinois! more

    • Stateline Story
    December 5, 2003
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    The federal No Child Left behind education law may give states and schools major fits, but the business community is urging Congress to hold off making any changes to that sweeping law and give it time to work. In a letter to legislators, business leaders say Congress should keep its eyes on the prize a quality education for all. more

    • Stateline Story
    November 14, 2003
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    Businesses are hungrily eyeing the fast-growing market of Spanish-speaking consumers. But some states are slow to realize the value of communicating with non-English speakers. The contrast underscores two competing national trends: On the one hand, 27 states have passed laws making English their official language. On the other, businesses have recognized the growing immigrant population as a huge marketing opportunity. more

    • Stateline Story
    September 26, 2003
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    States will have a new patch for their hemorrhaging budgets, if legislation introduced Thursday gets through Congress. The bill would enable states to collect sales tax on purchases through catalogues and the Internet, allowing them to generate billions of dollars in new revenue each year. more

    • Stateline Story
    September 11, 2003
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    Pennsylvania recently became the sixth state to allow gay and lesbian employees to use family or sick leave time to care for their domestic partner. The provision allowing use of sick leave, which had been on the table in union negotiations for more than a decade, was included in a four-year contract between the state and 13,000 unionized workers. more

    • Stateline Story
    August 15, 2003
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    Officially, education, health care and the economy top the agenda of the annual summer meeting of the National Governors Association (NGA), which this year takes place in Indianapolis. But the California recall election is likely to be the prime topic of discussion. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 14, 2003
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    In an effort to boost its bottom-line, Pennsylvania is trying to entice more people to purchase alcohol in Pennsylvania instead of neighboring states by making its state-owned liquor stores more customer-friendly. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 2, 2003
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    From miracle drugs that cure cancer to genetically-modified foods, the multi-billion dollar biotechnology industry is hot, and states are doing their best to get a piece of the action. Nine governors and more than a dozen states used the Biotechnology Industry Organizations annual Washington DC meeting to aggressively woo the industry. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 24, 2003
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    A handful of states are debating raising their minimum wage beyond the federal rate of $5.15 an hour, but just as many states are acting to block grassroots efforts to force government contractors to pay living wages that typically far exceed the federal minimum wage. more

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