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TOP NEWS  Nov. 6, 2014

Party switch gives GOP control of West Virginia Senate
Charleston Daily Mail
The Republican Party is set to control both houses of the state Legislature for the first time since the Great Depression after Democratic state Sen. Daniel Hall switched his party affiliation Wednesday.

Mass. voters approve paid sick leave
Associated Press
Voters have approved a ballot question that supporters say will give Massachusetts the nation's strongest requirement for providing paid sick time to workers.

Elections shake up top state IT jobs
Another shake-up is underway in what’s become one of the most crucial jobs in state government: the top information technology officer.

Iowa government salaries up $69.7 million
The Des Moines Register
Iowans spent nearly $70 million more on salaries in the past fiscal year with the Governor's Office of Drug Control Policy employees making the greatest average salary: $92,258, newly released records show.

Federal judge declares Kansas same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional
Kansas City Star
Kansas same-sex couples took one step closer to the altar Tuesday when a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction barring the state from enforcing its ban on their marriages.

Arkansas keeps patchwork prohibition on alcohol
Arkansas voted Tuesday against allowing alcohol sales statewide, preserving the status quo of “patchwork prohibition” that exists in half of the state’s counties.

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