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  • States debate regulating digital currency | Stateline
    Now that consumers can use digital currencies like bitcoin to buy rugs from Overstock.com, pay for Peruvian pork sandwiches from a food truck in Washington, D.C. and even make donations to political action committees, states are beginning to explore how to regulate the emerging industry.
  • California drought starting to dry up tourism | The Wall Street Journal
    California's relentless drought is beginning to dry up revenue in its popular lake and river tourism industry. Marinas and boat ramps across the state are turning away customers, and even spots where water is still relatively plentiful say visitors are staying away, assuming things are worse than they are.
  • Jobless must post resumes on R.I. website to keep benefits | Providence Journal
    Unemployed Rhode Islanders and the people on the front lines helping them find new jobs give mixed reviews of a new state requirement that those who receive unemployment benefits must soon post their resum├ęs to an online job board or lose their weekly state assistance.
  • Advocates hope for broader medical marijuana law | Associated Press
    A narrowly focused medical marijuana law just took effect in Iowa, but advocates are already looking to see how they can expand access to the drug for the chronically ill. NCSL data cited
    NCSL research on medical marijuana laws
  • N.C. legislative leaders say they have a budget deal | The Charlotte Observer
    The state House and Senate on Saturday agreed on the outlines of a budget that gives teachers a raise of about 7 percent and saves the jobs of teacher assistants. 
  • Feds test how stoned is too stoned to drive | USA TODAY
    A small group of volunteers spent much of the last year getting drunk and stoned on marijuana furnished by the federal government before getting behind the wheel.

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