What We're Reading: Top State Stories 11/15 – The Pew Charitable Trusts

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Search giant Google has agreed to a $391.5 million settlement with 40 states to resolve an investigation into how the company tracked users’ locations. The states’ investigation was sparked by a 2018 Associated Press story, which found that Google continued to track people’s location data even after they opted out of such tracking by disabling a feature the company called “location history.”
Last month, Oklahoma Republican state Sen. Jessica Garvin invited about a dozen experts to participate in an interim study on some of the biggest issues facing Oklahoma women. Domestic violence, economic inequality and poor access to health care were included. Abortion rights were not.
Alabama has asked the state Supreme Court not to set a new execution date for Alan Eugene Miller as the two parties discuss a potential settlement agreement. Miller survived the state’s first execution attempt Sept. 22. He could be the first person in U.S. history to face a second attempted execution by lethal injection.
In the five-year period from 2017 to 2021, Minnesota tow truck drivers, law enforcement officers, firefighters and others who responded to roadside scenes were involved in 544 crashes, leading to one death, according to Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths, a program of the Department of Public Safety.
A group of Michigan Republicans launched an initiative aimed at electing conservatives and accused party leaders of being “too moderate” and “too passive.” State Rep. Steve Carra, a Republican, announced a political action committee called the “Grand New Party,” a play on “Grand Old Party.”
California state and tribal officials gathered to break ground on a statue of the late William Franklin Sr., a well-known member of the Miwok tribe who worked to preserve the culture of the tribe, including its traditional dances. The statue will replace one of the Rev. Junipero Serra, a Roman Catholic priest who built missions from San Diego to San Francisco with the aim of converting Native peoples to Christianity.
The proposed Kansas amendment failed by less than 10,000 votes in the initial ballot count. It would have allowed the Republican-controlled Kansas legislature to take away some policy-making capabilities from the Democratic governor’s administration.
The Washington Department of Natural Resources decided not to renew the last of fish-farming company Cooke Aquaculture’s leases on net pens in Puget Sound. The decision to cut ties stems from a 2017 spill of tens of thousands of nonnative Atlantic salmon after a net-pen break at Cypress Island near the San Juans.
Kentucky’s highest court will meet to hear legal arguments as it weighs whether two state laws that all but outlaw abortion should be suspended again until a case challenging their constitutionality is decided.
After weeks of defending its approach to testing and a year of not communicating high levels of lead in school water sources, Delaware officials are now promising to do better without explaining why proper protocols weren’t followed in the first place.
Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott called for an investigation into election improprieties in Harris County, which includes Houston and is the state’s largest county. Harris County had problems at several voting locations last week, prompting advocacy groups to sue to keep polls open an additional hour.
Thousands of Missouri prison guards will begin receiving settlement checks this week as part of a decade-long lawsuit involving overtime pay. Correctional officers successfully argued that the state Department of Corrections failed to pay them for work done once they arrived at their prison for the beginning of their shifts. 
Indiana tax collections are already more than $700 million ahead of what the state budget needs, just four months into the fiscal year. That’s better than the revenue picture last October when the state was on its way to a $3 billion surplus.
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