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A Criminal Justice System Focused on Prevention
DENVER, April 28 -- The Colorado House Democrats issued the following news:

Rep. Pete Lee's bipartisan bill to create a crime prevention pilot program for areas of the state with little economic opportunity and high rates of criminal activity earned initial approval from the House this evening on second reading.

"This is a paradigm shift in criminal justice in Colorado," said Rep. Lee, D-Colorado Springs. "The underlying premise is to take money from savings in the criminal justice system and invest it in improving the quality of life and economic opportunity in crime-impacted neighborhoods."

"For ... Show Full Article

Tennessee Residence to Host Celebration of Level II Arboretum
NASHVILLE, Tenn., April 27 -- The Tennessee Department of Agriculture issued the following news:

First Lady Crissy Haslam, the Tennessee Urban Forestry Council (TUFC) and the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry (TDF) along with state leaders and citizens will celebrate the certification of the Tennessee Residence Level II Arboretum on National Arbor Day, Friday, April 28 at 10:30 a.m. CDT at the Executive Residence.

TUFC's certification program maintains standards for public education by state arboreta. A certified arboretum must be open to the public with trees that ... Show Full Article

Rep. Torkelson Supports Pro-Life Proposals in Minnesota House
ST. PAUL, Minn., April 27 -- The Minnesota State House Republican Caucus issued the following news release:

The Minnesota House of Representatives has approved two pro-life measures that would prohibit taxpayer funding of abortions and protect women by requiring licensing and inspection of abortion facilities. State Representative Paul Torkelson (R-Hanska) voted in favor of the proposals.

"Ensuring women's health and keeping tax dollars from being used on abortions should not be controversial topics," Torkelson said. "These were easy 'yes' votes for me."

The first bill prohibits funding ... Show Full Article

Michigan Education Department Issues Memo on Computer Science Education
LANSING, Mich., April 27 -- Venessa A. Keesler, Deputy Superintendent of the Michigan Department of Education, issued the following memo:

TO: Local and Intermediate School District Superintendents

Public School Academy Directors

FROM: Venessa A. Keesler, Ph.D., Deputy Superintendent

Division of Educator, Student, and School Support

SUBJECT: Computer Science Education Opportunity for Michigan Schools

Computer science is an industry growing at three and a half times the state's average. Ensuring students are exposed to this fast-growing industry early in their education will help ... Show Full Article

Governor Cuomo Announces Grand Opening of the New Kosciuszko Bridge
ALBANY, N.Y., April 27 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., issued the following news release:

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the grand opening of the first span of the new Kosciuszko Bridge - the first new bridge constructed in New York City since the Verrazano Bridge in 1964. The Governor celebrated the opening on the new bridge with Queens and Brooklyn dignitaries and community members. The grand opening included a celebratory march across the brand new bridge, with delegations from both the Queens side and the Brooklyn side meeting in the middle to kick off the celebration. The Governor ... Show Full Article

City of Massillon Released From Fiscal Emergency
COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 27 -- Ohio State Auditor Dave Yost issued the following news release:

Auditor of State Dave Yost today released the City of Massillon (Stark County) from fiscal emergency, a status it held for more than three years.

The city of 32,000 residents was placed in fiscal emergency on Oct. 8, 2013, because of a $518,182 deficit in three funds in December 2012 and a $135,906 deficit in four funds in May 2013.

"City officials faced a number of challenges in managing and balancing municipal finances, but after taking corrective action and improving fiscal policies and controls, ... Show Full Article

Burgum: Session Funds Priorities, Leaves State Well-Positioned for the Future
BISMARCK, N.D., April 27 -- Gov. Doug Burgum, R-N.D., issued the following news:

North Dakota is well-positioned for the future with a leaner, more efficient state government and smaller budget that provides permanent property tax relief, fully funds K-12 education and uses innovative approaches to support other priorities, Gov. Doug Burgum said Thursday after the 65th Legislative Assembly adjourned sine die.

"Despite the unprecedented revenue shortfall we faced heading into this session, we were able to fund our priorities and balance the budget through sensible cuts, limited use of reserves ... Show Full Article