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    • Stateline Story
    July 19, 2004
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    States must act to help the elderly enjoy their golden years with dignity and good health care, U.S. governors agreed Sunday. At the National Governors Association annual meeting, Idaho Gov. Dirk Kempthorne (R) listed 20 ways governors can improve lives of the aging and disabled. more

    • Stateline Story
    July 8, 2004
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    As many statehouses wind down for the year, Stateline.org takes a look at the major issues dominating the 2004 legislative session. For the first time in four years, states fiscal picture is brightening. Most legislatures opted not to tackle many social issues, such as gay marriage, passing the buck for voters to decide this fall. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 28, 2004
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    The beginning of the new budget year means no more talking on cell phones while driving in New Jersey, the start of Sunday liquor sales in Ohio, and Colorados dangerous dogs must wear microchips. Hundreds of new statutes that change people's daily lives are about to go into effect. more

    • Stateline Story
    June 1, 2004
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    The new Medicare prescription drug discount cards that roll out today are puzzling senior citizens and state policy wonks alike. Because state pharmacy assistance programs are so varied and the new federal Medicare law so complex, there hasnt been a uniform response from states. Nevertheless, legislators and state officials have been scrambling over the past five months to find ways to mesh their programs and statutes with the federal law. more

    • Stateline Story
    April 9, 2004
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    Despite a national epidemic of childhood obesity, physical education classes are being squeezed out of the school day by trends in modern education. While many legislatures have targeted junk food as a remedy to childhood obesity, few are seeking to pump up inadequate physical education programs. In the second of a two-part series on obesity, Stateline.org explains how gym classes are falling victim to an increased emphasis on testing and academic performance and to the effects of states tight finances. more

    • Stateline Story
    March 3, 2004
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    Smoking may be bad for your health, but it's good for state revenues. Vilified for its health effects, tobacco becomes a popular choice to milk for extra dollars to close state budget gaps. more

    • Stateline Story
    February 9, 2004
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    The federal governments ban on buying prescription drugs from Canada has left some states frozen in their tracks. But Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty of Minnesota is brazenly bucking federal law by using the World Wide Web to help Gopher State residents buy less-expensive drugs from Canada. While Minnesotas move may be the boldest so far, Pawlenty is just one of dozens of governors, state legislators and city leaders across the country who are putting increased pressure on the federal government to allow re-importation. more

    • 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
    October 29, 2003
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    Assuming a role that used to be played at the federal level, state attorneys general are tackling some of the nation's biggest issues environmental enforcement, corporate corruption and prescription drug prices. more

    • Stateline Story
    October 28, 2003
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    Several Midwestern governors and legislators from seven states are pressing the federal government to remove legal hurdles to importing lower-priced prescription drugs from Canada. more

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