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October 30, 2014

How MARTA May Expand Beyond Atlanta

Clayton County's vote on the transit system's expansion could reverberate across the whole region.
October 30, 2014

Uber Exec Calls D.C.'s New Ride-Share Regulations a Model

Uber executive David Plouffe, former campaign manager and White House adviser to President Obama, said Wednesday new ride-share legislation in Washington was a model for Philadelphia and other cities.
October 30, 2014

Independent King Switches Endorsement to Maine's Democratic Candidate for Governor

Independent U.S. Sen. Angus King announced Wednesday that he has switched his endorsement in this year's gubernatorial election from independent Eliot Cutler to Democrat Mike Michaud.
October 29, 2014

The Language Problem in the Navajo Nation Presidential Election

Last week the tribe's high court struck a candidate from the ballot because he wasn't fluent in Navajo. Many say the requirement penalizes younger non-fluent Navajos for doing what their tribe encourages them to do: Get an education in the outside world.
October 29, 2014

Jerry Brown's Crucial Union Friends

The governor of California has occasionally frustrated union leaders with budget cuts and intransigence at the negotiating table. But he has also delivered on many of their biggest priorities, prompting his Republican opponent to paint him as a tool of labor.
October 29, 2014

The Conservative Ground War in the States

More than 500 paid foot soldiers work in key election states for Americans for Prosperity, a nonprofit group, funded in part by the Koch brothers, that advocates for limited government. , conservative groups build up a ground game
October 29, 2014

Chicago Won't Refund Tickets Temporarily Issued Using New Standards

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration will not refund $7.7 million in red light camera tickets it collected after quietly lowering the yellow light standard, the city's transportation chief said Tuesday.
October 28, 2014

FBI Made a Fake Seattle Times Story to Find High School Bomb-Threat Suspect

In 2007 the agency tried to plant software in the computer of a suspect in a series of bomb threats to Timberline High School.
October 28, 2014

Despite CDC's New Ebola Guidelines, States Go Their Own Way

The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidelines on dealing with travelers from Ebola-stricken regions Monday, but its lack of firm rules left a patchwork of state-by-state strategies that include mandatory quarantines for some travelers.
October 28, 2014

Pensions Focus of Detroit Bankruptcy Case's Closing Arguments

The historic hearings on whether Detroit will exit the nation's largest-ever municipal bankruptcy came to a quick end Monday after closing arguments, which were abbreviated by settlements with major creditors.
October 27, 2014

This California Town Is Sinking

Going into the fourth year of drought, farmers in Stratford, Calif., have pumped so much water that the water table below the town fell 100 feet in two years. Land in some spots in the Central Valley has dropped a foot a year.
October 27, 2014

While Other States Restrict Abortion, California Eases Access

Of all the abortion-related laws passed in the U.S. last year, California's Assembly Bill 154 was the only one that increased the number of abortion providers.
October 27, 2014

Governors' Ebola Quarantines at Odds with Scientists' Warnings, White House

Top Obama administration officials publicly warned Sunday that mandatory quarantines in the U.S. of doctors, nurses and other health care workers who have traveled to Africa to help Ebola patients risked worsening the epidemic.
October 27, 2014

Will Washington's School Shooting Impact Vote on Gun Ballot Measures?

As a security detail blocked off Marysville-Pilchuck High School, where police on Saturday were investigating the state's latest deadly school shooting, Washington voters were weighing the merits of two opposing gun measures on the November ballot.
October 24, 2014

The Other Problem with Guns: Lead Poisoning

One Washington state shooting range made dozens very sick.
October 24, 2014

Alaska Congressman Blames Government Handouts for Suicide

An unapologetic U.S. Rep. Don Young on Wednesday wasn't backing down from statements he made Tuesday at Wasilla High School that suicide shows a lack of support from friends and family.
October 23, 2014

University of California May Limit Out-of-State Enrollment

The system five years ago began to aggressively recruit students from other parts of the country, who brought in about $400 million extra last year. But the effort stirred a backlash from California parents.
October 23, 2014

South Carolina House Speaker Resigns After Admitting Misconduct in Office

Bobby Harrell pleaded guilty to six counts of use of campaign funds for personal expenses.
October 23, 2014

Georgia Towns Are Getting Rich off Speeding Tickets

Drivers says cops often stop motorists not because their driving is unsafe, but because they are policing for profit.
October 23, 2014

Child Poverty Reaches Highest Rate in 20 Years

Child poverty in America is at its highest point in 20 years, putting millions of children at increased risk of injuries, infant mortality, and premature death, according to a policy analysis published this week in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.
October 23, 2014

California Prisons End Race-Based Punishments

This week, California agreed to give up its unique use of race-based punishment as a tool to control violence in its crowded prisons.
October 23, 2014

Justice Dept. Condemns Ferguson Leaks as 'Inappropriate Effort to Influence Public Opinion'

With a grand jury decision looming on whether a white police officer should face charges in the killing of an unarmed black 18-year-old in Ferguson, Mo., the investigation has sprung a few leaks.
October 23, 2014

The 18-Year Scheme to Keep UNC Athletes Eligible

A system of no-show classes pushed by academic counselors for athletes and employed by coaches eager to keep players eligible at UNC-Chapel Hill produced an "inexcusable betrayal of our values," Chancellor Carol Folt said Wednesday.
October 22, 2014

Michigan Governor Signs Bill Banning Electronic Car Sales

Dan Gilbert jabs Rick Snyder for signing a bill tat ensures Tesla Motors can't sell directly to consumers in Michigan.
October 22, 2014

Judge Reinstates Philadelphia Teacher Contracts, for Now

A Common Pleas Court judge Monday granted the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers' request for a preliminary injunction to stop the School Reform Commission from imposing changes to teachers' health-care benefits.
October 21, 2014

Louisiana May Determine Control of the U.S. Senate

The loss of about 50,000 Democrats since 2005 in the wake of Katrina hasn't made Sen. Mary Landrieu's job any easier.
October 21, 2014

Alabama House Speaker Charged with Corruption

Mike Hubbard was indicted on 23 felony corruption charges.
October 21, 2014

Murietta Mayor Resigns After DUI Arrest

The mayor of Murrieta resigned Monday after being arrested Thursday on suspicion of seriously injuring four high school students while driving drunk.
October 20, 2014

U.S. Department of Justice Will Investigate Baltimore Police

The U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore and the Department of Justice announced initial details about a collaborative-reform initiative to curb police brutality in the city.
October 20, 2014

How 'Political Ghettos' May Cost Democrats the House

Districts drawn to elect minorities may make it easier for Republicans to win in surrounding areas. That's helped the Republicans win and maintain majorities in Congress.
October 20, 2014

Some States' Medical-Waste Rules Complicate Ebola Fight

A single Ebola patient treated in a U.S. hospital will generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste each day.
October 20, 2014

Obama Campaigns for His Home State's Governor

President Barack Obama on Sunday night helped launch an all-out effort by Democrats to get voters to the polls for Gov. Pat Quinn, telling thousands gathered at a South Side rally to cast their ballots when early voting starts Monday.
October 20, 2014

Divided U.S. Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID

A divided U.S. Supreme Court said Saturday that the Texas voter identification law should remain in effect for the upcoming election.
October 20, 2014

Sports Betting Now Legal in New Jersey

Gov. Christie on Friday signed into law a bill repealing New Jersey's ban on sports wagering, but that doesn't mean casinos will begin letting consumers gamble on football games this weekend.
October 20, 2014

Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down in Arizona and Wyoming

Same-sex couples in Arizona, Wyoming and Alaska will all be free to obtain marriage licenses by next week after federal judges struck down bans in two of those states Friday and the U.S. Supreme Court denied a request for a further stay in Alaska.
October 17, 2014

As Ebola Fears Spread, Drastic Measures Are Taken

The latest case in the ongoing Ebola scare has spread panic and fear across the country.
October 17, 2014

L.A.'s Deasy, Superintendent of Second-Largest School District, Resigns

The end of Supt. John Deasy's dynamic and controversial 3 1/2 year reign over public schools in Los Angeles leaves school district leaders with the daunting task of mending broken relationships with employees, especially teachers, while stoking a continued upswing in student achievement.
October 17, 2014

West Virginia Court: AG Can't Prosecute Criminal Cases

The West Virginia Supreme Court has denied Attorney General Patrick Morrisey's bid to prosecute criminal cases.
October 16, 2014

When Detroit Made Potato Chips

At one point, the city was home to 22 potato chip manufacturers. But just as the Detroit auto industry declined, so did the chip business.
October 16, 2014

California Court Eliminates Hurdle to High-Speed Rail

The California Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for further construction of the state's $68-billion bullet train when it declined to hear an appeal filed by Central Valley opponents of the controversial project.
October 16, 2014

Arkansas' Voter ID Law Struck Down Amid Confusion in Texas

Arkansas' voter identification law crumbled Wednesday when the state's Supreme Court upheld a lower court's decision to strike down the law.
October 16, 2014

Another Arizona Immigration Law Shot Down

A federal appeals panel has overturned a 2006 Arizona law aimed at denying bail to people who are in the U.S. illegally and charged with a range of felonies.
October 16, 2014

Fight over a Fan Overshadows Florida Gubernatorial Debate

In the weirdest start of a gubernatorial debate, Florida Gov. Rick Scott initially refused to take the stage Wednesday night because Democrat Charlie Crist insisted on a fan to keep him cool.
October 16, 2014

Pennsylvania Lawmaker Involved in Shootout During Attempted Robbery

Confronted by a gunman just blocks from the state Capitol, a legislator from Northeastern Pennsylvania pulled his own weapon and traded fire with a would-be robber.
October 16, 2014

Gay Marriage Halted in Alaska

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a temporary stay halting same-sex marriage in Alaska Wednesday, a day after a lower court denied a similar request.
October 15, 2014

In California Gubernatorial Race, Two Millionaires Fight over Who's More out of Touch

Neel Kashkari and Jerry Brown trade barbs over personal wealth.
October 15, 2014

Wisconsin Democrats Try Moderation to Fight Gov. Scott Walker

Having failed to defeat Walker with an all-out ideological battle in the recall, party officials felt this year that their best course was to woo the middle of the electorate. Can it work?
October 15, 2014

A National Pro-Life Strategy, Built in the States

For abortion foes, the new effort is a well-funded strategy to legislate abortion out of existence state by state.
October 15, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Allows Texas Abortion Clinics to Reopen

The U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday evening ordered Texas to stop enforcing part of the state's strict new abortion law until a legal challenge has been settled, at least temporarily allowing more than a dozen clinics to immediately reopen.
October 15, 2014

Former Charlotte Mayor Sentenced to Nearly 4 Years in Prison

Taking six bribes in 13 months will cost former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon almost four years of his life.
October 14, 2014

California Cancels Obamacare for 10,000 People

California’s health insurance exchange is canceling Obamacare coverage for 10,474 who failed to prove their citizenship or legal residency in the U.S.
October 14, 2014

Ebola and Public Health Errors in Dallas

An error in Dallas may have exposed many people to Ebola, CDC chief says.
October 14, 2014

The GOP's Big Bet on North Carolina

Republicans need a net gain of six seats to take control of the Senate, and a year ago, that math almost always included a victory in the Tar Heel State by defeating Sen. Kay Hagan. But less than a month before Election Day, the North Carolina race still eludes the GOP’s grasp — and has put a massive dent in the party’s wallet.
October 14, 2014

Rahm Emanuel's Biggest Opponent Will Not Run for Mayor

Karen Lewis, the controversial, combative and charismatic leader of the Chicago Teachers Union, will not run for mayor, significantly boosting Mayor Rahm Emanuel's chances to win re-election next year.
October 14, 2014

Charlotte Wins Control of Airport

A Superior Court judge sided with the city of Charlotte in a ruling issued Monday that bars the Charlotte Airport Commission from running the city's airport without prior approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
October 13, 2014

Nurses Union Complains of Lack of Ebola Training

The country's largest union and professional association of registered nurses said Sunday that American hospitals are still not communicating policies to health-care workers regarding how to handle potential Ebola patients. National Nurses United also said that 85 percent of 1,900 nurses surveyed said their hospitals have not provided education about the virus in a setting that allows nurses to interact with or ask administrators questions.
October 13, 2014

Wheelchair Campaign Ad Sparks Outrage

The 30-second TV spot cited the accident that left her opponent, Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott, partially paralyzed and suggested he had profited from his misfortune while denying other victims the same remedy.
October 13, 2014

Judge Adds Alaska to the Gay Marriage States

Add Alaska to the list of states allowing same-sex marriages, the product of a federal judge's ruling issued Sunday.
October 10, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Attack Former Detroit Mayor's Appeal Claims

Kwame Kilpatrick's says that he didn't receive a fair trail and was wrongfully convicted.
October 10, 2014

Latinos Might Decide Kansas Election Outcomes

The state only has about 121,000 Latino voters, but experts say they could make a difference in the tight races for governor, U.S. Senate and secretary of state.
October 10, 2014

Dallas Hospital Says Ebola Patient Was Treated Well

Those close to the victim said that Eric Duncan, the first person diagnosed with Ebola on U.S. soil, was not treated as well as three white American missionaries who contracted the deadly virus in West Africa
October 10, 2014

Courts Block Voter ID Laws in Texas and Wisconsin

The Wisconsin and Texas cases were the two most closely watched tests of new voter rules this year. In both states, the Republican-led legislatures sought to tighten the rules for voting and to require all registered voters who did not have a driver's license to obtain a photo ID card at a state motor vehicles office.
October 10, 2014

Few States Preparing for Climate Change

Fewer than half of American states are working to protect themselves from climate change, despite more detailed warnings from scientists that communities are already being damaged, according to a new online clearinghouse of states' efforts compiled by the Georgetown Climate Center.
October 10, 2014

Georgia Uses Big Data to Get Out the Vote

With Georgia polls set to open Monday for early voting, campaigns have less than a week to ramp up their "get out the vote" efforts. They're not starting cold: Leaders of the state's biggest political parties have made unprecedented use of analytics this year to pinpoint exactly which voters they need to win.
October 10, 2014

Oregon Governor's Fiancee Admits to Green-Card Marriage

Less than 24 hours after news broke of a secret marriage, Oregon first lady Cylvia Hayes tearfully apologized to Oregonians and to her fiancé, Gov. John Kitzhaber, for accepting $5,000 to illegally marry an 18-year-old Ethiopian in need of a green card.
October 9, 2014

How Illinois Got Its Bison Back

Wild bison have been reintroduced on the prairies east of the Mississippi River for the first time since the 1830s.
October 9, 2014

Georgia GOP Legislators Big Contributors to Nathan Deal's Re-Election Campaign

Republican lawmakers reported donating about $550,000 to the governor's campaign over the past three months.
October 9, 2014

How Much Money Is Rick Scott Hiding?

Florida's attorney general charges that the governor shields more than $200 million in assets.
October 9, 2014

California Judge Orders Jefferson High School to Fix Scheduling

Alameda County Judge George Hernandez Jr. has ruled that students were being deprived of their right to an education.
October 9, 2014

Kris Kobach Doesn't Believe Study Showing Kansas Voter ID Law Reduced Turnout

The Kansas secretary of state disputes disagrees the methodology of a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office report, which was requested by four Democratic and one independent U.S. Senate leaders.
October 9, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Upholds North Carolina's Limits on Voting

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a ruling on Wednesday that means voters in North Carolina will not be able to vote out of their precincts on Nov. 4 nor register to vote and cast ballots on the same day.
October 9, 2014

A Suburban Detroit County Joins Regional Water Authority

After 15 minutes of voicing last-minute concerns, the Oakland County Board of Commissioners voted 18-2 Wednesday night to join the new Great Lakes Water Authority.
October 9, 2014

SCOTUS Stops Gay Marriages in Idaho -- for Now

Supreme Court Justice Anthony M. Kennedy issued an order Wednesday to temporarily halt gay marriages in Idaho, a day after a federal appeals court declared same-sex weddings legal there.
October 9, 2014

Facing Federal Review, Baltimore Plans to Curb Police Brutality

Baltimore's mayor and police commissioner outlined Tuesday a sweeping plan to reduce police brutality, including the possibility of equipping officers with body cameras, while reiterating that they are committed to restoring public trust in the agency.
October 8, 2014

Drought Finally Causes California to Cut Water Usage

The state cut water use by 11.5 percent in August, a new report says.
October 8, 2014

More Gay Marriage Bans Struck Down in the West

A federal appeals court Tuesday unanimously struck down gay marriage bans in the West, paving the way for same-sex nuptials in five more states.
October 8, 2014

L.A. County Extends Controversial Immigration Program as Most Abandon It

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to extend a controversial partnership with federal immigration authorities designed to target potentially deportable immigrants who have been convicted of serious crimes.
October 8, 2014

Court Throws Out Virginia's Congressional Map

The boundaries of a congressional district drawn by Virginia's Republican-controlled Legislature were struck down by a federal court Tuesday in a case that involved accusations of racial gerrymandering for partisan advantage.
October 8, 2014

Democrat in Maryland Governor's Race Promises Not to Raise Taxes

Democrat Anthony G. Brown and Republican Larry Hogan traded accusations of deception Tuesday in a heated debate with four weeks to go before the Nov. 4 election for governor.
October 7, 2014

Counties and Cities Increasingly Refusing to Hold Immigrants for Deportation

In most jails until recently, inmates booked on criminal charges and suspected of being in the country illegally were often held for an additional 48 hours at the behest of federal immigration officials. Now many are ending immigration holds.
October 7, 2014

Washington State's King County Approves Living Wage Legislation

The new wage rules apply to people working directly or indirectly for taxpayers.
October 7, 2014

The Governor of Florida Really Wants to Keep His Email Secret

Gov. Rick Scott has hired a California law firm to fight a subpoena over Gmail accounts.
October 7, 2014

Lacking Raises and Contracts, MARTA Workers Protest

MARTA union employees held up signs and shouted chants in the shadow of a Midtown high-rise building Monday to protest stalled negotiations and privatization efforts that could threaten hundreds of jobs.
October 7, 2014

Judge Rules Police Violated Ferguson Protesters' Rights

Officers in Ferguson, Mo., violated the Constitution by requiring peaceful protesters to keep moving rather than stand still during demonstrations that followed the Aug. 9 police shooting of an unarmed man, a federal judge said Monday.
October 7, 2014

Philadelphia's Major Crackdown on Teachers Could Have National Implications

By activating its nuclear option and cancelling its teachers' contract, the Philadelphia School Reform Commission took an action Monday that could remake the city's schools and have national implications.
October 6, 2014

Special Interests Spending Millions on 2 of Jerry Brown's Ballot Initiatives

The California governor is collecting millions to promote a water bond measure and a state rainy-day fund.
October 6, 2014

The End of L.A.'s Crime Decline

Los Angeles' decade-long declining violent crime total is on pace to rise this year. How did this happen?
October 6, 2014

Supreme Court's Rejection Clears Way for Gay Marriage in Most States

The Supreme Court ducked the same-sex marriage question Monday, effectively striking down marriage restrictions in five states but leaving for another day a widely anticipated constitutional clash.
October 6, 2014

Only 2 States Do Anything to Prevent Cheating on Computerized Tests

Starting this school year, most states will test students' reading and math skills via computer, setting aside the old practice of using No. 2 pencils and paper tests.
October 6, 2014

More and More Localities Rejecting Federal Deportation Requests

Emboldened by recent court rulings, more and more counties and cities across the country are refusing to jail inmates extra days to give federal authorities time to deport them.
October 6, 2014

Why Wisconsin's Attorney General Won't Defend The State

Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen declined Friday to defend Wisconsin elections officials against a new lawsuit connected to a stalled probe of Gov. Scott Walker and his conservative allies, asserting the officials are misreading a law at the heart of the investigation.
October 3, 2014

Drug Money Laundering in Los Angeles' Fashion District

The U.S. Treasury Department tightens scrutiny to try to uncover laundering by Mexican cartels.
October 3, 2014

Which State Had the Longest Voting Lines in 2012?

Florida had the worst voter lines in the country in 2012, and a lack of resources at some precincts contributed to those long waits to vote, studies from the U.S. General Accounting Office and a New York think tank revealed.
October 2, 2014

Detroit Emergency Manager Settled with Museum to Avoid Legal Fight

Kevyn Orr said any attempt to sell the art would have resulted in a huge legal expense for the city.
October 2, 2014

Texas Health Officials Watching up to 100 People in Connection with Ebola Case

Dallas County Health and Human Services is monitoring anyone who had primary or secondary contact with Thomas Eric Duncan.
October 2, 2014

Court Blocks Parts of North Carolina Voting Law

Hours after a 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling brought clarity about which parts of a 2013 election law would apply to the coming election, Gov. Pat McCrory and legislative leaders added a layer of uncertainty.
October 2, 2014

Ruling on Kansas Ballot a Blow to GOP

In a further setback to Republican incumbent Pat Roberts, a Kansas District Court declined Wednesday to force Democrats to place a candidate on the ballot in the state's too-close-to-call U.S. Senate race.
October 2, 2014

Alaska Exports Oil for the First Time in a Decade

A tanker carrying oil from Alaska's North Slope is heading to South Korea, the first such export in a decade, officials confirmed on Tuesday.
October 2, 2014

California Bans Plastic Bags

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Tuesday that makes California the first state in the nation to ban single-use plastic bags.
October 1, 2014

St. Louis Police Unit to Focus Specifically on Police Shootings

A full-time team of detectives charged with making sure use of deadly force is legal will scrutinize every St. Louis city officer who kills or wounds someone with a gun.
October 1, 2014

Marijuana Decriminalization Takes Effect in Maryland

As new laws go into effect around the state this week, recreational marijuana users will have a bit less to worry about.
October 1, 2014

A Second Judge Rules against White House on Obamacare Subsidies

A U.S. district judge in Muskogee has sided with Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt against the U.S. government in the state's lawsuit against the Affordable Care Act.
October 1, 2014

Two Gun Bills Signed in California

Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Tuesday written in response to gun tragedies that shook up Northern California: the Isla Vista shooting rampage by a UC Santa Barbara student and the Sonoma County sheriff's deputy shooting of a boy with a toy gun.
October 1, 2014

L.A. County Mayor Fatally Shot by Wife

Bell Gardens Mayor Daniel Crespo died Tuesday after his wife, Levette, shot him several times during a domestic dispute, Sheriff's Department officials told The Times.
September 30, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Shortens Early Voting in Ohio

The Supreme Court ordered a halt Monday to early voting in Ohio that was scheduled to begin this week, clearing the way for the state to close polls on the Sunday before Election Day, when African American turnout has been heaviest.
September 30, 2014

How Early Voting Is Changing Races, Elections

Some 35 states allow voters to fill out ballots at polling stations or mail them prior to Election Day. Here's how that changes campaigns.
September 30, 2014

There Are 14 California Towns About to Run out of Water

The drought means many communities have, since January, cycled onto and off of a list of "critical water systems" that state officials say could run dry within 60 days.
September 30, 2014

California Has Already Burned through Its Wildfire Budget

The state has spent $209 million already and will $70 million in reserve funding.
September 30, 2014

Los Angeles Will Allow Pointy Skyscrapers

A 40-year-old flat-roof rule was meant to ensure fire safety, but no other large city has such a rule.
September 30, 2014

Detroit Public Schools Vote to Fire Emergency Manager, Again

DPS board voted to get rid of Jack Martin for the third time, but this vote coincided with what many members believe to be his last day in office under law.
September 30, 2014

Californians Using Social Media to Show Government Agencies Wasting Water

Drought-conscious residents are curtailing residential water use statewide. State government agencies? Not so much.
September 30, 2014

L.A. Mayor Looks Past Rail to Driverless Cars

Los Angeles would be the first city offering people rides in self-driving cars, if Mayor Eric Garcetti fulfills one of his dreams.
September 30, 2014

Texas Lt. Governor Debate Turns Friends into Enemies

Lieutenant governor candidates Dan Patrick and Leticia Van de Putte clashed on education Monday in their only scheduled debate, with Patrick defending lawmakers' deep cuts to schools three years ago while Van de Putte said his tightfisted ways have hurt Texas students.
September 29, 2014

The Promising, but Complicated, Impact of State-Funded Preschool

Free preschool shows strong early gains, but questions about long-term effectiveness remain.
September 29, 2014

Detroit's Bankruptcy Judge Says He Can't Prevent Water Shutoffs

Judge Steven Rhodes said he lacked the authority to issue a restraining order to stop water shutoffs over delinquent bills and there is no constitutional right to water.
September 29, 2014

Texas AG Appeals School Finance Ruling to State Supreme Court

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott on Friday appealed to the Texas Supreme Court a district court finding that the state's school finance system is unconstitutional.
September 29, 2014

Ferguson Police Officer's Body Camera Turned Off During Shooting

Local police continue to search today for a suspect who wounded a Ferguson police officer Saturday night, but now authorities say the incident involved only one person and that it appears no burglary took place.
September 29, 2014

'Yes Means Yes' Bill Signed to Reduce Campus Assaults

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill Sunday that requires colleges and universities in the state to adopt anti-sexual-assault policies that radically rewrite what constitutes consent, a move that some critics have called an unfair shift of the burden of proof to the accused.
September 26, 2014

Education Is the Top Issue in the North Carolina Senate Race

Despite the fact that the U.S. Senate has very little control over education, the issue has taken a leading role in the race between incumbent Sen. Kay Hagan, and her GOP opponent, state Speaker Thom Tillis.
September 26, 2014

Georgia Governor Offers Unique Theory on Unemployment Numbers

The state has more new jobs, and also more unemployment. Gov. Nathan Deal says federal officials might be toying with the data for political reasons.
September 26, 2014

Ferguson Police Chief Apologizes to Michael Brown's Family

Police Chief Thomas Jackson apologized to the family of Michael Brown and to protesters in a video released Thursday.
September 26, 2014

L.A., San Francisco Threaten Ride-Share Companies with Legal Action

The San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys have sent letters to ride-share companies Uber, Lyft and Sidecar claiming they are operating illegally and warning them that legal action could follow if they don't make major changes.
September 26, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate Accused of Plagiarism

Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Foley released an urban policy proposal Wednesday that contained wording identical to passages previously posted on Internet websites of public policy think tanks.
September 25, 2014

Control of the U.S. Senate Might Hinge on Iowa Agriculture

Iowa Senate seat might turn on chicken poop and hogs.
September 25, 2014

America's Airports vs. Wild Animals

Airports try to keep pace with influx of animals on property.
September 25, 2014

Feds to Settle $554 Million with Navajo over Mineral Rights

It's the largest-ever settlement with single tribe.
September 25, 2014

Cigarette Tax to Help Philly Schools Signed

Gov. Corbett on Wednesday signed the bill that authorizes Philadelphia to impose a $2-a-pack tax on cigarettes to help raise money for the city's cash-starved schools.
September 25, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate Gives Out Gift Cards for Gas

Wearing safety goggles and wielding a white mallet aimed at a wind-up toy train, GOP gubernatorial candidate Neel Kashkari on Wednesday made his latest attempt to move the needle in a contest stacked highly in favor of his Democratic rival, Gov. Jerry Brown.
September 25, 2014

Students Walk Out to Protest History Curriculum Changes

Hundreds of Denver-area high school students walked out of classes Wednesday morning, continuing several days of protest over controversial changes being proposed to their history curriculum.
September 24, 2014

Problems Continue in Ferguson

One store vandalized, fire set at another in Ferguson, Mo.
September 24, 2014

Texas Won't Allow Alcohol at Gun Shows

After being inundated for weeks with negative feedback, the state's Alcoholic Beverage Commission withdrew from consideration the proposed plan.
September 24, 2014

Seattle May Dismiss All Marijuana Tickets Issued in 2014

Marijuana is legal in Washington, but residents are still subject to $27 fines for smoking or possessing marijuana in public. A review of summonses this year showed more than 80% of them issued in 2014 came from one police officer.
September 24, 2014

Georgia Colleges, Schools Get Lots of Military Surplus Materials

Georgia's education organizations get refrigerators, firefighting gear, floor polishers and assault-style rifles from the Pentagon.
September 24, 2014

25% More Insurers to Participate in Obamacare Exchanges

The number of health insurance companies offering plans in the marketplaces this fall will increase by 25 percent, giving consumers more choices for coverage, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced Tuesday.
September 24, 2014

L.A. Sheriff Employees Sentenced to Prison for Obstructing Investigations

A federal judge on Tuesday lambasted what he called a "corrupt culture" within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department as he sentenced six current and former members of the department to prison for obstructing a federal investigation into abuse and corruption at the county jails.
September 23, 2014

Marijuana Is Legal in Colorado, but Politicians Still Can't Talk About It

Pot's growing legitimacy hasn't yet turned it into a political weapon for Colorado politicians.
September 23, 2014

Kentucky Suffers as America Moves Away from U.S. Coal

The state is hit hard as its coal suffers a slow burn.
September 23, 2014

Minnesota Governor Pledges to Fix Child Protection

Mark Dayton says the state will begin conducting random checks to see if counties are wrongly rejecting abuse reports and will set up a team of child protection specialists to respond rapidly to social workers struggling with difficult cases.
September 23, 2014

Google Cuts Ties with ALEC over Their Climate Change Stance

Google is breaking ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council, a prominent network of conservative state legislators that, among other projects, works to roll back laws that promote solar and wind power, the company's chairman said Monday.
September 23, 2014

Christie's New Transportation Commissioner Not Ruling Out Gas Tax Hike

The New Jersey Senate on Monday unanimously confirmed Jamie Fox, a former lobbyist and Democratic operative, to head the state Department of Transportation.
September 23, 2014

Corbett Goes on Offensive in First Gubernatorial Debate

Behind in the polls, Gov. Corbett went on offense Monday night in the first televised debate of the Pennsylvania governor's race, defending himself as a steady steward of taxpayers' money while characterizing Democrat Tom Wolf as an untested entity with vague promises.
September 22, 2014

Atlantic City's Casino Problem

Casinos opened in Atlantic City in 1977 to predictions of coming wealth and jobs. Yet the city ranks near the bottom of virtually every social and economic indicator.
September 22, 2014

Without National Policy, Mayors Try to Combat Climate Change on Their Own

L.A., Houston, Philadelphia chief executives vow more action on global warming.
September 22, 2014

Is It Time to Remove Detroit Schools' Emergency Manager?

The Detroit Public Schools board seeks to get rid of Jack Martin immediately.
September 22, 2014

Virginia Medicaid Expansion Shot Down in Special Session

To no one's surprise, the politically charged partisan divide over Medicaid expansion in Virginia remains intact after a special General Assembly session called to debate the issue one last time in 2014.
September 22, 2014

Governor Shakes Up Missouri Lottery

Saying the Missouri Lottery "has some work to do," Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday replaced four of the five commissioners who oversee the lottery and urged his new appointees to take steps to maximize the money that goes to public education.
September 19, 2014

Obamacare Enrollment Drops Slightly

Enrollment in health plans offered through the Affordable Care Act dipped slightly through this year, falling from about 8 million this spring to 7.3 million in mid-August, the Obama administration announced Thursday.
September 19, 2014

Christie Blasts Bridgegate Investigation

Gov. Christie on Thursday unleashed harsh criticism of the legislative panel investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures, framing the probe as a "partisan pursuit" prolonged by Democrats desperate for media attention.
September 19, 2014

Kobach Won't Give Up in Kansas Ballot Battle

The state Supreme Court Thursday ordered him to strike Democrat Chad Taylor from the November ballot for U.S. Senate, ruling Taylor had complied with state law allowing a candidate to withdraw.
September 19, 2014

Arrested Before Election Day? Ohio Will Bring Ballots to Jail

U.S. District Court Judge S. Arthur Spiegel ruled on Tuesday that registered Ohio voters who are jailed the weekend before an election will be allowed to cast an absentee ballot. Spiegel decided in a lawsuit filed by the Ohio Justice & Policy Center that he saw "no value in taking away this fundamental right, even for a short period of time."
September 18, 2014

At VA Hearing, Doctors Link Wait Times to Deaths

At a heated Congressional hearing Wednesday, two doctors said patient deaths can be linked to delays in care at VA medical centers, a starkly different view than the one painted by an increasingly controversial inspector general's report.
September 18, 2014

California Fire Has Hit More Than 27,900 Acres of Timberland

El Dorado County's King Fire has now burned through extensive public timber land, private timberland and watershed.
September 18, 2014

Court Blocks Iowa Ban on Prescribing Abortion Pills via Videoconferences

A rule that would have prohibited doctors from prescribing abortion pills by videoconferencing has been blocked by the Iowa Supreme Court in a last-minute decision hailed as a victory by pro-abortion rights advocates.
September 18, 2014

For the First Time in 40 Years, Ohio Gubernatorial Candidates Won't Debate

For the first time in 36 years, Ohioans won't get a formal debate between their candidates for governor.
September 17, 2014

Big Companies Volunteer to Cut Global Warming Emissions

A week before world leaders will discuss how to slow the increase of dangerous gases in the atmosphere, the Obama administration announced that it has reached agreements with a range of major companies to voluntarily phase out a class of chemicals, used in refrigerators and air conditioners, and seen as contributors to global warming.
September 17, 2014

Lacking Guaranteed Funding, Philadelphia Schools Beg for Donations through Social Media

As Philadelphia public schools opened last week in the face of an $81 million deficit and the prospect of 1,000 layoffs, a digital marketing start-up tried to get businesses to donate paper.
September 17, 2014

Bobby Jindal Wants to Roll Back Environmental Protections, Increase Oil and Gas Production

The Louisiana governor's plan calls for opening more off-shore waters to drilling. He also opposes measures to reduce the amount of coal or other fossil fuels that the U.S. consumes.
September 17, 2014

L.A. School Police Surrender Some Military Equipment

Los Angeles Unified school police officials said Tuesday that the department will relinquish some of the military weaponry it acquired through a federal program that furnishes local law enforcement with surplus equipment. The move comes as education and civil rights groups have called on the U.S. Department of Defense to halt the practice for schools.
September 17, 2014

'Sovereign Citizen' Terrorist Group May Be Growing in U.S.

In August, State Police arrested a man in Roane County after they said they found improvised explosives, AK-47 style rifles and about 30 live chickens in his wrecked SUV at 3:30 a.m. The man, Seth Grim, 21, allegedly told police that he was a "sovereign citizen," a group that rejects taxes and local, state and federal laws.
September 17, 2014

California Becomes Last Western State to Regulate Groundwater

California Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday enacting sweeping new regulations on groundwater pumping in California, making the state the last in the West to regulate the practice.
September 16, 2014

Pennsylvania Legislature Considers Cigarette Tax to Prop up Philadelphia Schools

As lawmakers return, legislation in both chambers would allow Philadelphia to enact a $2-a-pack cigarette tax to help fix the school district's $81 million deficit.
September 16, 2014

San Francisco to Use Public Humiliation to Promote Earthquake Retrofitting

The city will slap large signs — in multiple languages, with red letters and a drawing of a destroyed building — on apartment complexes that violate San Francisco's seismic safety laws.
September 16, 2014

Florida's Trying to Save Its Bees

New laws help residents fight to protect honeybees, which have been hurt by environmental problems and disease.
September 16, 2014

Half a Million at Risk of Losing Insurance Because of Missing Obamacare Paperwork

As many as half a million people who signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act this year may lose coverage or need to pay more because they haven't submitted proper documentation, the Obama administration warned Monday.
September 16, 2014

States Get Federal Help to Fight Tax-Evading Businesses

The U.S. Department of Labor on Monday awarded $10.2 million to nearly two dozen states to beef up enforcement of a labor scheme that companies employ to evade their tax obligations.
September 16, 2014

California Repeals Unconstitutional Parts of Immigration Law

In a disavowal of the hard line Californians once took against illegal immigration, Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Monday repealing unenforceable provisions of Proposition 187.
September 16, 2014

Convicted California Senator Resigns

Ending a career in political office that spanned a dozen years, state Sen. Roderick D. Wright on Monday bowed to pressure from fellow Democrats and said he would resign his seat Sept. 22.
September 15, 2014

Texas Schools Struggle to Serve Huge Number of Immigrants

School districts from California to Georgia and Maryland have had to add bilingual programs and social services to help new immigrants. Nowhere is the impact of the recent surge of immigration felt more strongly than in Texas.
September 15, 2014

Californians Flee Wildfires

Several fires around the state force hundreds of residents to flee their communities.
September 15, 2014

Voter ID Law Reinstated in Wisconsin

A federal appeals panel reinstated Wisconsin's voter ID law Friday, acting with unusual speed eight weeks before the Nov. 4 election and just hours after hearing arguments on the subject.
September 15, 2014

In a First, Washington Supreme Court Finds Legislature in Contempt

For the first time in history, the Washington Supreme Court has held the Legislature in contempt for failing to obey a court order.
September 15, 2014

Convicted California Lawmaker Barred from Public Office

Democratic state Sen. Roderick D. Wright, convicted earlier this year on felony perjury and voting fraud charges, was sentenced Friday to 90 days in county jail and barred for life from holding public office.
September 12, 2014

How Some Communities Prepare for Disaster Better Than Others

The haves and have-nots of disaster readiness.
September 12, 2014

President Declares California a Disaster Area After Napa Earthquake

The move will free up federal funds for recovery.
September 12, 2014

Judge Strikes Down Ohio's Law on Campaign Lies

In a ruling that could have reverberations around the country, a federal judge on Thursday struck down an Ohio law that bars individuals from knowingly making false statements about political candidates.
September 12, 2014

For Only the Second Time Ever, Ohio Chamber Endorses a Candidate for Governor

Ohio Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday told a group of Clark County supporters the state has balanced its budget and added jobs during his first term, but more change is needed, including eventually eliminating Ohio's income tax.
September 12, 2014

Hawaii Sued over Autism Coverage

A class-action lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court seeks to require the state to cover the cost of applied behavior analysis, or ABA, treatment for him and other children with autism who are on Medicaid.
September 12, 2014

Detroit Firefighters Use Soda-Can Contraption as 911 Alert System

The revelation came when the Free Press published an article and video showing how Detroit firefighters get emergency alerts: A pop can filled with coins or screws gets knocked over by a piece of paper that rolls through a fax machine. The rattle signals an emergency.
September 12, 2014

Christie Vetoes Bill to Ban Smoking at Beaches, Parks

Gov. Christie vetoed a bill Wednesday that would have restricted smoking in public parks and beaches, saying he opposes a "one-size-fits-all" approach to such regulation.
September 11, 2014

How Illinois and New York Find and Prevent Labor Violations

The states are national leaders when it comes to curbing worker misclassification, when business miscategorize employees as independent contractors, thereby dodging laws that require the payment of state and federal taxes.
September 11, 2014

The Many Accents of California

In a Stanford linguistics study, the Voices of California project, researchers study regional differences in the way people speak English across California's Central Valley.
September 11, 2014

Seattle Public Health Officials Go to Court to Stop Man with HIV from Infecting Others

King County served an infected man with "cease-and-desist" orders to attend counseling and get HIV treatment.
September 11, 2014

Seattle Port to Expand to Accommodate 'Super Post-Panamax' Ships

The Port of Seattle has won a $20 million grant to rehab and expand one of its busiest container terminals downtown, one of two projects from Washington that successfully competed for a piece of $600 million in federal grants set aside for critical transportation needs around the nation.
September 11, 2014

Ferguson Protesters Arrested in Attempt to Shutdown Highway

Protesters intent on shutting down Interstate 70 Wednesday afternoon as part of their calls for justice in the Michael Brown shooting case were met by a large contingent of law enforcement intent on stopping them.
September 11, 2014

Pension Spiking Could Cost California $800 Million

A legal way to increase pensions by boosting the final pay of retiring state and local government workers could drive up public employee pension costs in California by as much as $796 million over the next 20 years, the state controller said Tuesday.
September 10, 2014

Iowa Governor Pitches Fixed Price for College

Gov. Terry Branstad announces a plan for a $10,000 price on popular majors for in-state students at the University of Iowa, Iowa State University and the University of Northern Iowa.
September 10, 2014

Minnesota's Tom Horner, Once an Independent, Endorses GOP Candidate for Governor

Horner, a former Republican operative, briefly left for the party of Jesse Ventura to run for governor himself. He returns to GOP to support Jeff Johnson.
September 10, 2014

Florida Creates Online Database of Prison Deaths

Under scrutiny, the Florida prison system releases data on all inmate deaths over the last 14 years. Many remain suspicious.
September 10, 2014

Climate Change Will Hurt Half of U.S. Birds

Bird species in North America — including the bald eagle — are at risk of severe population decline by 2080 if the swift pace of global warming continues.
September 10, 2014

Did Ferguson's City Council Break Transparency Laws?

Emotions in Ferguson, Mo., roiled by unrest last month after a white police officer fatally shot an 18-year-old black man, were still raw Tuesday night as the City Council heard from often angry residents demanding justice for Michael Brown and better treatment of African Americans in the city.
September 10, 2014

In Bankruptcy Case, Detroit Turns an Opponent into an Ally

The City of Detroit and creditor Syncora have reached an agreement, in principle, that would end the bond insurer's vigorous opposition to the city's restructuring and turn the company into an ally, reflecting a remarkable breakthrough in the city's historic bankruptcy case.
September 10, 2014

Nebraska Lt. Gov. Resigns After Family Court Drama

Nebraska's lieutenant governor announced his resignation Tuesday morning, a day after a state judge ordered him not to contact his sister after she accused him of having anger problems and threatening her.
September 9, 2014

Global Warming Destroying Alaskan Native Villages

Archaeologists rush to save the Yup'ik treasures that are threatened by a vanishing shoreline.
September 9, 2014

Californians Worry About Water Waste

In the state's drought, people speak up about wasteful practices like watering a lawn.
September 9, 2014

Ferguson Announces Changes to Improve Courts and Police

The Ferguson City Council announced plans Monday to make changes designed to reduce court fine revenue, reform court procedures and start a Citizen Review Board that will help keep an eye on and guide the police department.
September 9, 2014

How Virginia's Governor Plans to Insure More without Expanding Medicaid

Gov. Terry McAuliffe unveiled a stopgap package of health care initiatives Monday that he said will improve the lives of more than 200,000 Virginians in the absence of an expanded Medicaid program.
September 9, 2014

Christie Backtracks to Allow Sports Betting

When the Christie administration declared on Monday that, effective immediately, casinos and horse racetracks may legally offer sports betting, legislators were quick to welcome the move.
September 8, 2014

Number of Unvaccinated Children on the Rise

Parents increasingly decide not to get their kindergartners vaccinated.
September 8, 2014

How Stimulus Money Went to Companies That Rob State and Federal Treasuries of Billions Each Year

The largest government infusion of cash into the U.S. economy in generations - the 2009 stimulus - was riddled with a massive labor scheme that harmed workers and cheated unsuspecting American taxpayers.
September 8, 2014

Why Barry Goldwater Can't Leave Arizona

The Goldwater statue, created for the National Statuary Hall, is still stranded in Phoenix.
September 8, 2014

Obama Defends Delaying His Immigration Order

With President Obama deciding not to take executive action on immigration until after the November election, some Democrats took to the Sunday talk shows to voice their frustration with him and with Congress' continued inaction.
September 5, 2014

Why Declining Medicaid Costs States Money

States that refuse to expand Medicaid give up billions in aid.
September 5, 2014

Dozens Arrested in Nationwide Protests for Higher Wages

Dozens of fast-food workers from Los Angeles to Manhattan were arrested as they escalated a fight for better pay Thursday with strikes, rallies and acts of civil disobedience.
September 5, 2014

Former Virginia Governor Found Guilty of 11 Corruption Charges

In a historic verdict Thursday, a federal jury convicted former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, on felony corruption charges. It's the first time a Virginia governor has been found guilty of crimes in office.
September 5, 2014

Emergency Declared as Lava Flows toward Hawaii Homes

Scientists say the lava is advancing about 820 feet a day and is less than a mile from homes.
September 5, 2014

Judge: Ohio Must Restore Early Voting

A federal judge on Thursday threw up a roadblock -- at least for the Nov. 4 election -- to a new Republican-passed law that partly closed Ohio's early voting window.
September 5, 2014

Appeals Decision Likely Sends Indiana and Wisconsin's Gay Marriage Bans to U.S. Supreme Court

The nation took another big stride Thursday toward a historic legal showdown over gay marriage, as a federal appeals court in Chicago unanimously struck down bans on same-sex unions in Wisconsin and Indiana.
September 5, 2014

In California Gubernatorial Debate, Kashkari Goes on Attack

Neel Kashkari, the underdog in California's race for governor, launched a fusillade of attacks on Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday night in their first and probably only debate.
September 4, 2014

West Coast States Work on Early Warning System for Earthquakes

The quake alert's success in the Napa area this summer spurs an effort to complete an early-warning system across the West Coast.
September 4, 2014

Chicago's Fast Food Workers Begin Day of Protest

Employees in Chicago and other cities began strikes and protests to try to increase their hourly pay.
September 4, 2014

Gov. Jerry Brown Heads into Debate with Large Lead over Kashkari

As Gov. Jerry Brown and Neel Kashkari prepare for their first -- and likely only -- debate Thursday, Kashkari has a problem that goes beyond anything that might happen on stage: Many Californians still don't know who he is.
September 4, 2014

In a First Since DOMA, Federal Judge Upholds Louisiana's Gay Marriage Ban

A federal judge in Louisiana threw a roadblock on what advocates thought would be an expressway toward establishing gay marriage as a fundamental national right, ruling that the state's ban on such unions was constitutional.
September 4, 2014

Justice Department to Investigate Ferguson Police Practices

The Justice Department is preparing to announce as early as Thursday that it will expand its investigation of the police shooting death of Michael Brown, 18, into a broader civil rights probe of the practices of the Ferguson Police Department.
September 4, 2014

Nevada Wins Battle for Tesla Factory

Capping one of the fiercest battles for economic bragging rights in years, Tesla Motors is expected to announce Thursday that it has chosen Nevada as the site for its first "gigafactory" for battery production.
September 3, 2014

Cape Cod, without the Cod

There's no easy explanation for what is happening, but the region is losing its namesake fish.
September 3, 2014

How the California GOP Can Benefit from Low Voter Turnout

The Democratic Party's dominance of California is close to a historic peak. But in the June primary, three out of four voters skipped the election.
September 3, 2014

Democrat Drops Out Of Alaska Governor's Race to Team Up with Independent

In a move that will shake up the Alaska governor's race, the Democrat running for the Last Frontier's highest office is poised to suspend his own campaign and join forces with the independent candidate in a unity ticket.
September 2, 2014

LAPD Facing Community Trouble over Shooting of Mentally Ill Man

A police shooting tests South L.A.'s fragile goodwill toward cops.
September 2, 2014

Another Atlantic City Casino Closes

Revel's casino stutters to an end.
September 2, 2014

Judge Halts Enforcement of New Louisiana Abortion Law

Louisiana's new antiabortion law can take effect Monday as scheduled, but provisions requiring doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals cannot be enforced against clinics and doctors who filed suit, a federal judge ruled Sunday night.
September 2, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Trial That Decides City's Fate Begins Today

Detroit's historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy will culminate in a high-stakes court battle starting Tuesday that will determine the fate of the city's sweeping plan that would pay pensioners more than financial creditors, preserve the Detroit Institute of Arts and slash more than $7 billion in debt while reinvesting in services.
September 2, 2014

Municipalities Worry Time-Warner Merger Would Hurt the Poor's Internet Access

Portland joined Los Angeles County, Montgomery County (Maryland) and two Minnesota counties in a petition filed with the FCC this week.
September 2, 2014

Christie Silent on Immigration Before Mexico Trip

As he prepares to lead a trade mission to Mexico this week, Gov. Christie has been relatively silent on an issue vexing the Republican Party: immigration reform.
September 2, 2014

State to Start Charging People to View Public Documents Online

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant's Office will start charging the public to obtain documents that were previously available free and online.
September 2, 2014

New Jersey's Governor Takes a Trade Trip to Mexico

As Chris Christie crosses the country this year as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, raising money for GOP candidates, he'll take a detour this week to spend three days in Mexico. He will meet with Mexico's president and business leaders.
August 29, 2014

Oklahoma's First Transgender State House Candidate Loses Primary Race

Paula Sophia lost a primary runoff by 22 votes.
August 29, 2014

Feds Revoke Oklahoma's NCLB Waiver After State Repealed Common Core

The U.S. Department of Education on Thursday denied a request by the state's top education official to extend a flexibility waiver under the No Child Left Behind Act, a decision that will place restrictions on nearly $30 million in annual federal funding for local school districts beginning with the 2015-2016 school year.
August 29, 2014

Ferguson Protesters Sue Police for $41 Million

A federal lawsuit filed Thursday against police and the governments of Ferguson and St. Louis County seeks $41.5 million on behalf of five protesters who say that they were arrested and beaten, tear-gassed or shot with rubber bullets.
August 29, 2014

California Legislature Passes Sexual Assault Bill

"Yes-means-yes" law would require California colleges and universities to adopt a standard requiring "unambiguous consent" for sex among students.
August 29, 2014

California to Triple Movie and TV Show Tax Credits

The bill is aimed at reversing the loss of location shoots to other states that offer rich incentives to studios and producers.
August 28, 2014

Chicago Is Working to Prevent Train Suicides

The city has a higher percentage of train fatalities that are suicides than the national average. Experts are seeking to fix that.
August 28, 2014

Google Mapping Florida's Coral Reefs

Efforts to restore the coral reefs get a high-tech boost.
August 28, 2014

9 States Sign Compact to Run Health Care without Congress

Kansas, Missouri and seven other states have signed on to a movement that would wrest regulation of most of the nation's health care insurance systems from the federal government.
August 28, 2014

Bobby Jindal's Lawsuit Alleges Common Core Violates States' Rights

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal filed a suit against the Obama administration Wednesday, joining a conservative-led effort to challenge controversial national education standards knows as the Common Core, which Jindal says violate states' sovereignty.
August 28, 2014

Wisconsin Governor's Race Is the Tightest in the Country

The race for governor in Wisconsin, featuring incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, who is often mentioned as a potential Republican presidential candidate, remains locked in a dead heat, the state's leading pollster reported Wednesday.
August 27, 2014

Appeals Panel Questions Wisconsin and Indiana's Gay Marriage Bans

One judge called parts of the states' arguments "absurd" and "ridiculous."
August 27, 2014

Former Florida Gov. Crist Wins Nom for His Old Job Back

Charlie Crist's commanding victory sets him up to face Republican Gov. Rick Scott in what will be one of the highest profile -- and most expensive -- governor's races in the country.
August 27, 2014

Illinois Governor Wants to Leave Ride-Share Regs Up to Cities

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn on Monday vetoed legislation that would have established statewide regulations on ride-sharing services that compete with taxis, saying he didn't want to put in place a "one-size-fits-all approach" on an industry best regulated at the local level.
August 27, 2014

Detroit Resumes Water Shut-Offs for Overdue Bills

More than a month after Detroit was criticized for turning off water to people who had not paid their bills, the water shut-offs are beginning again.
August 26, 2014

Oregon Takes Oracle to Court over Botched Health Website

Oregon is suing, blaming the tech giant for the state's failed healthcare website.
August 26, 2014

Detroit Police Freed from Federal Oversight

A federal judge found Detroit police operations changed during the past 11 years and ended oversight of an independent monitor who was put in place after police were accused of excessive use of force, illegal detentions and unconstitutional conditions of confinement.
August 26, 2014

Ex-Republican Crist Expected to Win Democratic Nom for Florida Governor

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist is running to get his old job back, but this time as a Democrat.
August 26, 2014

Judge Strikes Down California 10-Day Waiting Period for Guns

In another setback for California's tough gun-control laws, a federal judge ruled Monday that the state can't require gun buyers to wait 10 days to pick up their newly purchased weapon if they already own a gun or have a license to possess a handgun.
August 26, 2014

L.A. Schools Cancel iPad Program

Los Angeles schools Superintendent John Deasy has canceled the $1 billion program to provide all students with an iPad after public records showed he and his top deputy had developed a relationship with the vendors two years prior to the bidding.
August 25, 2014

Crowded California Jails Mean Prisoners Get Out Early

Across California, more than 13,500 inmates are being released early each month to relieve crowding in local jails, a 34 percent increase over the past three years.
August 25, 2014

Baltimore Is Using a Residency Program to Keep New Teachers

Prospective teachers get the chance to try out the profession and make a few mistakes under a watchful eye before taking on the full responsibility of a classroom.
August 25, 2014

North Dakota: When an Oil Boom Goes Too Far

Preservationists are fighting to keep oil development away from Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
August 25, 2014

Obama Orders Review of Police "Militarization" Program

Troubled by images of heavily armed police facing off protesters in Ferguson, Mo., President Barack Obama is ordering a review of federal programs that help law enforcement agencies buy military equipment.
August 25, 2014

Napa Earthquake Showcases Limits of Lower-Cost Retrofitting

The destruction highlights one of the greatest fears of seismic engineers -- that the retrofitting of unreinforced masonry buildings still leaves weak joints between bricks. Whole chunks can fall, sending bricks crashing down.
August 25, 2014

Judge Lets Florida Use Unconstitutional Congressional Map Until 2016

Florida's flawed congressional districts may remain in place for two more years and newly drawn boundaries for seven north and central districts don't have to take effect until 2016, a Tallahassee circuit court judge ruled late Friday.
August 22, 2014

California Legislature Rushes to Complete Bills Before the Session Ends

California lawmakers have passed education and drug bills, and are working to eliminate the anti-immigrant Prop. 187.
August 22, 2014

Acquitted Mayor Sues Florida's Governor, Wants His Job Back

Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi beat federal bribery charges a week ago. Now he's demanding Rick Scott put him back in office.
August 22, 2014

Term Limit Referendum Gets Another Setback in Illinois

Republican governor candidate Bruce Rauner loses another round in his legal fight to get a term limit referendum on the November ballot.
August 22, 2014

Progressive Activists in Los Angeles Protest Big Banks with Fake Parking Tickets

L.A. unions and allies put slips on parked cars, arguing that soured deals with Wall Street banks are to blame for the rising cost of parking tickets citywide.
August 22, 2014

National Guard Pulls Out of a Quieter Ferguson

As Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ordered the National Guard to begin withdrawing from this St. Louis suburb Thursday, the persistent protests over the police killing of Michael Brown appeared smaller and much more subdued for the second night in a row.
August 22, 2014

Federal Judge Rules Florida's Gay Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

In the first decision on same-sex marriage with statewide impact, a federal judge ruled Thursday that Florida's gay-marriage ban is unconstitutional, ordering the state to allow the marriage of same-sex couples and to recognize marriages performed elsewhere.
August 21, 2014

In Florida Redistricting Battle, Both Parties Claim to Offer Better Protections for Black Voters

Awkward tensions emerge as Democrats remain divided over congressional redistricting plan, while Republicans claim they are doing more for black voters.
August 21, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Blocks Virginia from Allowing Gay Marriages

The U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday blocked a court order that would have allowed gay marriages in Virginia to begin Thursday, adding to the likelihood the justices will decide the issue themselves in the coming term.
August 21, 2014

Alaskans Keep Industry-Friendly Oil Tax

Although at least 14,000 absentee ballots will not be counted for days, the repeal referendum known as Ballot Measure 1 was losing by 6,880 votes Wednesday afternoon, a 4.46 percent margin.
August 21, 2014

Thousands Return to Prison without Committing New Crimes

More than 100 faith leaders and prison reform advocates rallied Wednesday outside the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility to urge the state to fix a system they say lands nearly 4,000 parolees in prison each year because of "technical violations," costing taxpayers $140 million.
August 20, 2014

Michigan Provides a Home for Other States' Unwanted Fracking Waste

As other states ban landfills from accepting low-level radioactive waste, up to 36 tons of the sludge already rejected by two other states was slated to arrive in Michigan late last week.
August 20, 2014

Uber Hires Ex-Obama Adviser to Oversee Policy and Strategy

David Plouffe, who headed President Obama's 2008 campaign and served as a senior White House adviser until last year, will be Uber's senior vice president of policy and strategy, the on-demand ride company said Tuesday.
August 20, 2014

Rick Perry Takes Mug Shot with His 'Head Held High'

Texas Gov. Rick Perry struck a tight smile for his mug shot Tuesday and issued a spirited defense against charges of abusing his power, vowing "to fight this injustice with every fiber of my being."
August 20, 2014

L.A. Takes Progressive Approach to Student Behavior

The decisive step back from punitive law enforcement actions reflects growing research that handling minor offenses with police actions does not necessarily make campuses safer, but often push struggling students to drop out and get in more serious trouble with the law.
August 19, 2014

Despite New Law, California Cities Aren't Fining Water Wasters

For all the tough talk about cracking down on water wasters, Los Angeles and other California cities are choosing gentle coaxing over costly fines.
August 19, 2014

Police Arrest 31 in Ferguson

As another night of peaceful protests over the police killing of an unarmed black man devolved into confrontation and confusion, the Missouri State Highway Patrol officer in charge of law enforcement in this St. Louis suburb said 31 people had been arrested as of 2 a.m. Tuesday, some from as far away as California and New York.
August 19, 2014

Judge Denies ACLU Request to Ease Protest Rules in Ferguson

A federal judge Monday night denied a motion by the American Civil Liberties Union for a temporary restraining order to stop police from requiring people to keep moving on sidewalks and thoroughfares in Ferguson unless they're gathered in a designated protest area.
August 19, 2014

Obama Vows to Review Militarization of Police

The House of Representatives in June rejected a proposal to rein in a program to send excess military equipment to local police departments. The program has been criticized in connection with police response to demonstrations in Ferguson.
August 18, 2014

More Out-of-Staters Bring More Money to California Colleges

The University of California system is expected to enroll a record number of out-of-state students this fall -- and will receive millions of dollars in return.
August 18, 2014

Rick Perry Defends Veto That Led to Indictment

The Republican Texas governor was indicted on two felony counts accusing him of abusing his authority, and on Saturday he defiantly denounced the prosecution in a Capitol news conference.
August 18, 2014

Nixon Orders National Guard to Ferguson

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon early Monday ordered the National Guard deployed to Ferguson, where another night of violence saw police pelted with bottles and Molotov cocktails and looters rampaging through local businesses.
August 18, 2014

Jeb Bush Urges Floridians to Reject Medical Marijuana

Former Gov. Jeb Bush opposes Florida's medical-marijuana initiative, but the potential GOP presidential candidate said he's not sure if the federal government should enforce federal cannabis laws if the Sunshine State proposal passes.
August 18, 2014

'Bridgegate' Legal Bills Topple $6.5 Million

The lawyers who produced a report clearing Gov. Christie of wrongdoing in the George Washington Bridge lane closures have billed the state $6.5 million through April, according to documents released by the state late Friday afternoon.
August 15, 2014

Ferguson Police Reveal Name of Officer Who Shot Michael Brown

Hours after local police broke their silence Friday and identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager, the Highway Patrol official who is heading security in the St. Louis suburb urged calm.
August 15, 2014

Low Turnouts Prompt L.A. to Consider Offering Prizes to Vote

Alarmed that fewer than one-fourth of voters are showing up for municipal elections, the Los Angeles Ethics Commission voted Thursday to recommend that the City Council look at using cash prizes to lure a greater number of people to the polls.
August 15, 2014

Peace Restored in Ferguson under New Leadership but Calls to Demilitarize Police Continue

After several nights of tense street confrontations, state and federal authorities stepped in Thursday to curb the aggressive tactics of local police against demonstrators protesting the police shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
August 15, 2014

Instead of Demolishing Vacant Homes, Buffalo Sells Them for $1

Across the Rust Belt, cities are beginning to tear down tens of thousands of vacant homes. But Puma and a small group of other activists in Buffalo are battling the demolition process, trying to find residents to buy the fixer-uppers.
August 15, 2014

Detroit Mayor Gets More Control of His City

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan now has authority over another city department previously run by emergency manager Kevyn Orr -- the department of homeland security.
August 14, 2014

Health Exchange Contractor Sues State for 'Slander'

The legal battle over Oregon's dysfunctional health insurance exchange officially began this week when Oracle Corp. sued the state agency operating the exchange, alleging breach of contract and accusing Gov. John Kitzhaber of attempting to systematically "vilify the company in the media."
August 14, 2014

Lack of Land Delays California's High-Speed Rail Construction

The start of heavy construction is not only symbolically important but could help weaken political and legal opposition to the project. However, slow progress could threaten the state's ability to meet funding deadlines.
August 14, 2014

L.A. Schools Welcome Immigrant Children 'with Open Arms'

Under federal law, these children are entitled to attend public school regardless of immigration status.
August 14, 2014

Future of California Water Supply Up to Voters

California voters will be asked to authorize $7.5 billion to bolster the state's water supply, infrastructure and ecosystems in November, as lawmakers and Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday struck a long-sought deal to move a new water bond to the ballot.
August 14, 2014

Governor Declares Flood Disaster in Detroit Metro Area

Nearly 24-hours after witnessing the devastation himself, Gov. Rick Snyder today declared a disaster for metro Detroit counties in the wake of a historic flood that left a huge path of destruction across the region.
August 13, 2014

Ruling Overturns Virginia's Gay Marriage Ban

A federal appeals court denied a request to block same-sex marriages from being performed in Virginia, and unless the Supreme Court intervenes, couples can begin to wed as early as next week, according to court filings and the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union.
August 13, 2014

Connecticut Primary Sets Up Rematch in Governor's Race

Republican primary voters in Connecticut doubled-down on Tom Foley to be their nominee for governor Tuesday, setting up an election rematch with Democratic incumbent Dannel P. Malloy.
August 13, 2014

Wisconsin's First Major Female Gubernatorial Nominee

Regardless of how she fares in November, Madison School Board member Mary Burke entered the history books Tuesday as the first woman to win a major party gubernatorial nomination in state history.
August 13, 2014

Maryland's Assault Rifle Ban Upheld

A federal judge on Tuesday upheld Maryland's new ban on assault rifles and magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds, handing at least a temporary victory to state officials who say the measures could ward off mass shootings.
August 12, 2014

Hawaii Will Have Make-Up Senate Primary Friday

Voters affected by Tropical Storm Iselle will cast the remaining ballots this week to determine the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate.
August 12, 2014

Why Texas Is Fighting the Federal Government over Water

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is trying to expand the definition of federal waters.
August 12, 2014

Arguing Florida Failed Again, Dems Want Court-Drawn Map

Florida legislators completed their fix of a congressional redistricting map Monday, sending the plan to Gov. Rick Scott for approval as they scramble to meet Friday's deadline set by a state court.
August 11, 2014

California's Legislature Considers Regulating Groundwater

Facing continuing draught, Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is hoping to capitalize cautious cooperation from once-resistant interest groups to pass a plan for a groundwater management system by the end of the.
August 11, 2014

Hawaii Governor Loses Primary to State Senator

Neil Abercrombie lost his party's primary by 35 points to state Sen. David Ige, who campaigned on his mastery of the state budget but implicitly promised a return to the more workman-like, less bombastic style that defined Hawaii's political class before Abercrombie.
August 8, 2014

Washington State Supreme Court Rules Leaving Mentally Ill in Emergency Rooms Is Illegal

The ruling that bans "psychiatric boarding," which has become more prevalent as hospitals have struggled with a shortage of resources, has health officials scrambling.
August 8, 2014

One Michigan Mayor Will Sue to Keep the State's Property Tax on Manufacturing Equipment

Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said he plans to file a lawsuit Friday to overturn the passage of Proposal 1, which will phase out a tax on manufacturing equipment in Michigan. He says the ballot language was slanted.
August 8, 2014

Maryland Commission: Uber Is a Cab Company, Will Face Regulations Like a Cab Company

The Maryland Public Service Commission ruled Wednesday that Uber is a common carrier like other for-hire car services, but also said new rules were needed because of technological advances.
August 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Gives $265 Million to Philadelphia Schools. School Officials Unsatisfied.

The school district says the money would not avert layoffs or guarantee that schools can open on time.
August 7, 2014

Minnesota Governor Wants State to Hire More Disabled People

Gov. Mark Dayton signed an executive order that directs state agencies to increase employment of people with disabilities to 7 percent by 2018.
August 7, 2014

Miami-Dade School System's Latest Problem: Steroid Use?

The Florida school system will spend $73,000 to implement a steroid testing program.
August 7, 2014

Detroit Reaches Water Deal During Bankruptcy Discussions

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department confirmed it has reached a deal in which it will be able to refinance up to $5.2 billion in debt, a move likely to speed up the city's bankruptcy case and free up cash for the beleaguered department and possibly reduce rates to customers.
August 6, 2014

Why Is Rick Perry Launching a Political Action Committee?

The Texas governor has formed RickPAC, a federal campaign fund.
August 6, 2014

Los Angeles County Supervisors Will Not Allow Civilian Oversight of the Police

The LA Supervisors have rejected a plan for a civilian oversight panel of the scandal-ridden Sheriff's Department.
August 6, 2014

Ohio Gubernatorial Candidate Ed FitzGerald Drove without a License

Police apparently found FitzGerald, who had only a learner's permit, in a car with a woman at 4:30 a.m. in 2012.
August 6, 2014

Missouri Voters Won't Raise Sales Tax to Fund Transportation

Voters rejected a sales tax increase Tuesday that would have provided billions of dollars for road and bridge repairs.
August 6, 2014

Missouri Man Executed

A Missouri man convicted in the rape and murder of a 24-year-old woman was executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay and Gov. Jay Nixon rejected his plea for clemency, according to statements.
August 6, 2014

Maryland Governor Calls for Redskins Name Change

Add Gov. Martin O'Malley's name to the list of prominent Democrats who want Washington's National Football League team to change its name.
August 5, 2014

Which State Will Get the Obama Presidential Library?

City or tropics? The president ponders where to put his library once his term is over.
August 5, 2014

Another Florida Judge Rules State's Gay-Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

A Broward circuit judge Monday threw out Florida’s gay-marriage ban, paving the way for a Lake Worth lesbian to dissolve her Vermont civil union.
August 5, 2014

Last-Minute Deal Keeps Fracking Measure Off Colorado Ballot

Supporters of two Colorado ballot measures that would have curbed fracking in the state announced late Monday they were standing down, averting an expensive election-year fight that was creating uncertainty in both the governor's and Senate races.
August 5, 2014

Alabama's Abortion Law That Mirrors Other States' Ruled Unconstitutional

A law that would have closed three of five abortion clinics in Alabama is unconstitutional, a federal judge ruled Monday, concluding in an extensive 172-page opinion that a "climate of extreme hostility" toward abortion already makes it difficult for doctors to perform and for women to access the procedure in the state.
August 5, 2014

Kansas Is One of a Few States to Use Dual Voting System

The unusual arrangement, tried in two other states, stems from a legal dispute over a Kansas law requiring voters to prove citizenship when registering.
August 5, 2014

Florida Lawmakers to Redraw Congressional Maps but on Their Own Terms

Florida legislators indicated Monday that they will meet in special session this week to make the court-ordered repairs to two congressional districts in North and Central Florida but they will not accept holding special elections this year to put them in place.
August 4, 2014

How State Politics Are Making Kansas and Colorado More Divergent

Side-by-side, Kansas and Colorado governors offer a test of strategies.
August 4, 2014

California's Health Reform Runs into a Problem: Obamacare

The rules of the Affordable Care Act are at the center of a debate over a promising California health insurance initiative.
August 4, 2014

Pot Might Be Legal in Washington State but Try Shipping It Across Puget Sound

Island marijuana farmers are facing a legal question when trying to ship to the mainland.
August 4, 2014

The 2014 Colorado Fracking Election

In Colorado, lines are drawn for an election battle over hydraulic fracturing.
August 1, 2014

Time Warner Promises Faster Internet for 7 Metro Areas

Facing stiff competition in Charlotte, Time Warner says it'll do a better job in the future.
August 1, 2014

California's High-Speed Rail Plan Wins Huge Court Victory

In a huge victory for Gov. Jerry Brown, a panel of appellate court judges Thursday affirmed the state's bullet train funding plan, paving the way for California to sell $8.2 billion in bonds it needs to construct the embattled San Francisco to Los Angeles rail line.
August 1, 2014

Minnesota No Longer Has Lowest Minimum Wage

Minnesota is seeing its first minimum wage increase in nearly a decade.
July 31, 2014

Maryland VA Outsourcing to Private Doctors

Veterans Affairs Maryland Health Care System is looking to private clinics in the Baltimore region to deal with primary-care backlog.
July 31, 2014

Wisconsin Supreme Court: Governor's Anti-Union Law Is Constitutional

The court upholds Act 10, the 2011 law repealing most union bargaining for most public employees in Wisconsin, finding that collective bargaining is not a fundamental right under the constitution.
July 31, 2014

Report Indicates Chicago Housing Authority Isn't Spending Enough Money

As the housing agency socks away millions, HUD calls on the city to expand vouchers to provide more housing for the poor.
July 31, 2014

Christie Urges Lawmakers to Change Bail System

Gov. Christie on Wednesday urged lawmakers to vote for changes he says are needed to reverse the "utter failure" of New Jersey's bail system, declaring that "we are nearly out of time to act."
July 31, 2014

North Carolina Budget Deal Includes Teacher Raises, Excludes Medicaid Overhaul

House and Senate budget writers reached agreement Tuesday on a $21.3 billion state spending plan that averts significant cuts to Medicaid but leaves unresolved a major overhaul of the health insurance program for the poor.
July 30, 2014

Despite a Lack of Money, California's Neel Kashkari Tries to Run a Strong Campaign Against Jerry Brown

A cash-strapped Kashkari gets creative in California governor's race.
July 30, 2014

Global Warming Is Really Going to Hurt Alaska

Changing sea chemistry will hit Alaska communities hard, a study says.
July 30, 2014

Port Authority Aims to Stop George Washington Bridge Suicides

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is taking steps to thwart GWB jumpers.
July 30, 2014

Amid Shutoff Controversy, Detroit Mayor Takes Control of Water Agency

Amid international attention to Detroit's policy of cracking down on water customers with overdue bills, the city's emergency manager this morning granted fuller authority to Mayor Mike Duggan to manage the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department.
July 30, 2014

Court Keeps Mississippi from Closing Its Last Abortion Clinic

After a series of setbacks, abortion rights advocates claimed a small victory Tuesday after a federal appeals court blocked a law that would have closed the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.
July 28, 2014

Atlantic City's Luck Runs Out

Casinos are no longer golden for Atlantic City.
July 24, 2014

Can Maine Meet its Energy Needs with Garbage?

Craig Stuart-Paul, chief executive of Maryland-based Fiberight, described how the company’s demonstration plant, that turns municipal solid waste into ethanol, biogas or compressed natural gas through a distillation process, could be copied in Maine.
July 23, 2014

Measure to Legalize Marijuana Qualifies for Oregon Ballot

Oregon voters will get a chance in November to decide whether marijuana should be legal for those 21 years and older.
July 22, 2014

FEMA Money Coming to 8 Minnesota Counties

The federal government will pay 75 percent of approved expenses in recovery from summer storms and floods and the state will pick up the rest.
July 22, 2014

Why Paramedics Might Soon Get Google Glass

The tool allows paramedics to transmit live video and audio from an ambulance to a doctor in an emergency room, and get instant advice.
July 22, 2014

Detroit Retirees Approve Pension and Health Care Cuts

Detroit retirees voted to accept pension cuts and allow the Detroit Institute of Arts to spin off as an independent institution, reflecting a critical endorsement of the city's restructuring blueprint to resolve the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
July 22, 2014

New California Law Seeks to Reduce Deportations for Minor Crimes

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed into law a measure aimed at reducing deportations of legal immigrants who are convicted of misdemeanors.
July 22, 2014

Border Officials Skeptical of Troop Surge

Gov. Rick Perry's plan to send as many as 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley drew praise from fellow Republicans, criticism from rival Democrats and general indifference from some who actually live on the border.
July 21, 2014

Fracking for Oil Leads to a Lot of Natural Gas Waste

In North Dakota, an oil bonanza leaves natural gas going up in smoke.
July 21, 2014

Detroit Water Delinquents Will Keep Their Service, for Now

The city has suspended its water shutoffs for 15 days.
July 21, 2014

Maine's Tea Party Governor Finds Public Money for Nursing Homes, Just in Time for the Election

Gov. Paul LePage taps the Medicaid surplus to help ailing nursing homes. He says the $13.1 million is only a short-term fix. Maine Democrats say his timing smacks of politics.
July 21, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Calls on Legislature to Repeal Common Core

Gov. Scott Walker urged legislators Thursday to pass a bill in January repealing adoption of the Common Core State Standards and to replace them with "standards set by people in Wisconsin," further muddying the future of Common Core in Wisconsin.
July 18, 2014

Soon We Might Be Able to Pay Tolls with Smartphones

Illinois is working on a "Tollway test zone" that may pave the way for smartphones to pay road fees.
July 18, 2014

Charlie Crist Picks His Running Mate

The former Republican governor names Miamian Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, the Miami-Dade Democratic Party chairwoman, as his running mate in his race to try to become Florida's chief executive again.
July 18, 2014

Even Convicted Lawmakers' Portraits Are Tainted by Crime

Instead, on Tuesday shiny new golden plaques were quietly placed below the stately portraits of certain high-ranking legislators that hang along the Capitol's hallways. That would be lawmakers convicted of crimes.
July 18, 2014

Judge Overturns Florida's Gay Marriage Ban

In a decision some called "the beginning of the end" of Florida's ban on gay marriage, a Monroe County judge ruled Thursday that two Key West bartenders and other gay couples must be allowed to marry.
July 17, 2014

How California's Orange County Got So Asian

Orange County is home to the third-largest Asian American population in the U.S.
July 17, 2014

Philadelphia Will Continue Tax-Free Lap Dances

A local judge rules that the city can't get more money from lap dances by using its "amusement tax."
July 17, 2014

Los Angeles Mayor Pledges to End Veteran Homelessness

Eric Garcetti accepts a homelessness challenge during Michelle Obama's visit to his city.
July 17, 2014

Judge: Long Wait for Death Makes California Executions Unconstitutional

In an indictment of California's death penalty, a federal judge ruled Wednesday that decades-long delays and uncertainty about whether condemned inmates will ever be executed violate the constitution's ban on cruel or unusual punishment.
July 17, 2014

More Than 100 Kansas Republicans Endorse Democratic Candidate for Governor

More than 100 former and current Republican officials announced their support for the Democratic candidate at an event in Topeka on Tuesday, citing frustration with Gov. Sam Brownback's policies.
July 17, 2014

Florida Will Wait Til After November to Redraw Redistricting Map

Florida legislative leaders ended their silence on their rejected congressional map Tuesday and announced they will not appeal a judge's ruling, but will redraw the invalid map, as long as they can wait until after the 2014 election.
July 16, 2014

Maryland Governor Supports Border Kids but Not in His State

Gov. Martin O'Malley advocated for thousands of children entering the U.S. illegally. At the same time he urged the White House not to put illegal immigrant children in a shelter in Westminster, Md.
July 16, 2014

Atlantic City, without Gamblers

With casinos closing, does Atlantic City have a future?
July 16, 2014

House Passes Short-Term Fix for Highway Trust Fund

The House plan, which passed 367 to 55, would provide $10.8 billion to replenish, until May, the Highway Trust Fund, which is on track to run out of money Aug. 1.
July 16, 2014

California Approves $500 Fines for Wasting Water During Drought

Cities throughout California will have to impose mandatory restrictions on outdoor watering under an emergency state rule approved Tuesday.
July 16, 2014

L.A. Welcomes Children Crossing the Border

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said Tuesday that the city would help shelter immigrant children who have been detained after crossing the border and has begun talks with a federal agency about doing so.
July 15, 2014

Does Utah Have a Bribery Problem?

Two former Utah attorneys general were arrested on bribery charges.
July 15, 2014

Health Care Facilities Are Leaving Poor City Neighborhoods

In major cities there are health deserts in most poor neighborhoods.
July 15, 2014

Texas Politicians Propose Bill to Speed Up Immigration

2 Texas lawmakers offer a bipartisan bill designed to combat the border crisis.
July 15, 2014

Plan to Split California into Six May Be Headed for Ballot

Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper will submit signatures Tuesday to put what could be one of the most dramatic startups ever on the ballot -- a plan to divide California into six states.
July 15, 2014

Seattle Approves New Regulations That Satisfy Ride-share and Taxi Drivers

The Seattle City Council on Monday approved new regulations for app-dispatched ride services, largely adopting a compromise proposal brokered by Mayor Ed Murray in June that lifted caps on ride-service vehicles while increasing insurance requirements and awarding new licenses for taxis.
July 15, 2014

Missouri Governor Vetoes Record Number of Bills

Gov. Jay Nixon used his veto pen to set a personal record this year following a legislative session marred by showdowns over tax cuts, school choice and revenue estimates.
July 14, 2014

Many Florida Doctors Won't Accept Obamacare Patients

Some South Florida doctors are listed in provider networks but refused to see patients who bought their coverage on the ACA exchange.
July 14, 2014

Arne Duncan Says Philadelphia School Funding Is 'Unacceptable'

The education secretary said the city's schools are "starved for resources," though political gridlock in Harrisburg has kept the state from raising the necessary money.
July 14, 2014

A Florida Mental Health Court May No Longer Work as Intended

Public Defender Howard Finkelstein, says Broward County's felony mental health court has shifted from treating mentally ill individuals with compassion to patching up their mental well-being so they can be punished for behavior that was beyond their control when it happened.
July 14, 2014

Gov. O'Malley Warms Up in Iowa for Possible 2016 Presidential Run

The visit had all the trappings of a full-fledged presidential campaign: a speech at the state Democratic convention, a pep talk to door-knocking volunteers, breakfast with labor leaders, appearances alongside the party's candidate for governor.
July 11, 2014

Fixing Detroit's Blight, with an App

A special smartphone app lets citizens help fix problems by photographing derelict properties and texting them to a public database.
July 11, 2014

Virginia's Medicaid Expansion Debate Is Not Over

The state's General Assembly will return in September to debate Medicaid.
July 11, 2014

Judge Throws Out Florida's Congressional Map

A judge threw out Florida's congressional redistricting map Thursday, ruling that the Legislature allowed for a "secret, organized campaign" by partisan operatives to subvert the redistricting process in violation of the state Constitution.
July 11, 2014

Feds Take Back Millions in Unused Money for Atlanta Commuter Rail

Just days after Clayton County leaders took a giant step toward mass transit, the federal government clawed back $45 million for a commuter rail line in Clayton.
July 11, 2014

Citing Lack of Pension Reform, Pennsylvania Governor Vetoes $72M from Budget

Setting the stage for a showdown with the state legislature, Gov. Corbett on Thursday signed the $29.1 billion spending plan it passed last week -- but only after striking more than $72 million from the legislature's own budget.
July 10, 2014

California May Start Fining People $500 for Using Too Much Water

California water authorities proposed emergency regulations this week that would prohibit wasteful lawn watering and car washing, with fines of up to $500 a day for residents who break the rules.
July 10, 2014

California Drought Is Destroying Farms

How the state's lack of water imperils a dream.
July 10, 2014

Trying to Get Criminal Charges in a Fracking Pollution Case

One Texas sheriff wants legal action against a company responsible for a toxic spill.
July 10, 2014

Art Less Valuable for Detroit's Bankruptcy Exit Than Previously Thought

The first formal valuation of the entire city-owned collection at the Detroit Institute of Arts finds that the roughly 60,000 pieces of art are worth between $2.8 billion and $4.6 billion.
July 10, 2014

Shower Death Exposes Widespread Corruption in Florida Prisons

Declaring himself "outraged," Department of Corrections Secretary Mike Crews announced Wednesday that he will travel to Miami to accelerate the investigation into the death of inmate Darren Rainey, who was locked in a scalding-hot shower by guards at the Dade Correctional Institution.
July 10, 2014

San Antonio Mayor Confirmed as New HUD Secretary

The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm Julian Castro as the new secretary of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday, elevating the rising Democratic star to President Barack Obama's Cabinet.
July 9, 2014

How California's Trying to Cut Prison Phone Call Costs

Officials are looking to reduce the price of jail inmates' phone calls, which place a heavy burden on inmates' families.
July 9, 2014

Los Angeles Police Department Homeless Beating Is a Big PR Problem

An incident with a homeless woman on the freeway raises questions on how the police interact with the public in crisis situations.
July 9, 2014

Cleveland to Host 2016 RNC

Cleveland was picked Tuesday by the Republican National Committee's site selection panel to host the GOP's national convention in 2016.
July 9, 2014

L.A. Joins National Trend in Ignoring Federal Immigration Requests

In no longer heeding federal immigration requests to hold inmates who might be deportable past their jail terms unless a judge has vetted the request, the Los Angeles Police Department is joining scores of other cities and counties that have stopped the practice.
July 9, 2014

After Supreme Court Ruling, Workers in Minnesota Seek to Unionize

Home health care workers took the first step in their push for higher wages and benefits Tuesday, seeking a union election for about 26,000 personal care attendants in Minnesota.
July 9, 2014

Teachers to Keep Tenure in North Carolina, For Now

North Carolina's teachers will no longer face the choice of getting a pay raise or keeping their tenure.
July 9, 2014

Michigan Won't Apply Supreme Court Ruling on Juvenile Lifers Retroactively

A U.S. Supreme Court decision that makes mandatory life sentences without parole unconstitutional for juveniles should not be applied retroactively, a divided Michigan Supreme Court said Tuesday in a ruling that brought joy to some families shattered by horrific crimes, but heartbreak to others.
July 9, 2014

Detroit Police Union Agrees to Tentative Deal in Bankruptcy Breakthrough

The City of Detroit reached a tentative contract with its largest police union late Tuesday, potentially resolving one of the city's last remaining labor disputes as it nears a potential exit from Chapter 9 bankruptcy.
July 9, 2014

New San Francisco Law Allows Forced Treatment of Mentally Ill

After years of debate, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors overwhelmingly voted in favor Tuesday of implementing Laura's Law, the state measure that allows mentally ill people to be compelled into treatment by a court.
July 8, 2014

New York City Lawmakers Try to Make Parking Easier

New York hopes to end the frustrating parking game between drivers and street sweepers.
July 8, 2014

Cities Abandon Abortion Buffer Zone Laws After Supreme Court Ruling

Less than two weeks after a Supreme Court ruling struck down a Massachusetts law requiring protesters to stay outside a 35-foot buffer zone around abortion clinics, cities around the country are moving to repeal similar laws or are not enforcing the buffer zones.
July 8, 2014

Christie Tries to Get New Jersey Out of Cap-and-Trade Program

Gov. Christie is again taking steps to keep New Jersey out of a regional program enforcing regulations on carbon emissions by power plants.
July 8, 2014

Few Marijuana Stores Ready for Business on Opening Day in Washington

The first 25 legal pot stores have received state licenses to start selling their historic wares, but just one store will open Tuesday in the state's largest city and county to serve a long line that started forming the day before.
July 7, 2014

L.A. Agrees to $15 Minimum Wage for School Service Workers

A Los Angeles Unified School District move to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour has thrust the system into the forefront of a national movement and marks another political victory for a powerful labor group -- and it's not the teachers union.
July 7, 2014

San Francisco Seeking to Reduce the Price of Jail Phone Calls

State lawmakers and even the Federal Communications Commission move to take on an industry they say has long charged exorbitant calling rates to a captive audience of prison and jail inmates.
July 7, 2014

Fearing a Federal Funding Drought, Kentucky Delays Road Work

Kentucky has delayed about $185 million in federally funded road projects, including the widening of portions of Interstate 65 between Elizabethtown and Bowling Green, in anticipation of a potential cash crisis in the federal Highway Trust Fund.
July 7, 2014

Missouri Governor Vetoes Abortion Bill

Setting up an election-year showdown with the Legislature, Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed on Wednesday a bill that would have required a 72-hour waiting period for abortions in Missouri.
July 7, 2014

Pennsylvania Ups School Funds, But District Officials Are Down

For school districts in the Philadelphia region, this is one of those times when more feels like less.
July 7, 2014

West Virginia Hiring Freeze Extended 'Indefinitely'

Despite ending the 2014 budget year with as much as a $40 million surplus, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin extended a statewide hiring freeze indefinitely, said state Revenue Secretary Bob Kiss.
July 2, 2014

Get $12,000 to Move to Harmony, Minnesota

Why one small town will pay up to $12,000 for new residents.
July 2, 2014

California Has Big Problem Implementing Water Policy

California struggles to manage water rights in the drought, in part because the state's residents and businesses tend to just ignore new rules and regulations.
July 2, 2014

6 L.A. County Deputies Convicted of Impeding FBI's Jail Probe

A jury Tuesday found six members of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department guilty of attempting to impede a federal civil rights inquiry into the county jails, providing prosecutors with a decisive victory as they continue to investigate higher-level officials tied to the scandal.
July 1, 2014

Los Angeles Can't Cut Retirement Benefits Before Negotiating with Labor Leaders

An independent hearing officer rules the city violated labor law in rolling back pension benefits for new employees.
July 1, 2014

Turns Out Pretty It's Hard to Regulate Drones

Washington state goes in circles over drone regulations.
July 1, 2014

Georgia's 'Guns Everywhere' Law Set to Go Into Effect

Will it change anything?
June 30, 2014

Alaska's Cops Show Will End

The state pulls the plug on 'Alaska State Troopers' TV show, the first of the wave of Alaska-based reality programs.
June 30, 2014

Wisconsin Ends Tax Credit for Historic Buildings

The state halts expanded tax credits for renovating old buildings. Gov. Scott Walker says he's concerned about the impact on tax revenues and budget.
June 30, 2014

How the Mayor of Los Angeles Avoids Tough Decisions

Mayor Eric Garcetti took a low-risk approach in his first year in office.
June 27, 2014

California Will Vote on Making Drug Possession a Misdemeanor

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón backs the measure, though most other prosecutors oppose it.
June 27, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Abortion Clinic Buffer Zones Violate Free Speech

The Supreme Court gave both sides in the abortion wars a partial victory Thursday in setting rules for protests at health clinics, deciding that laws may forbid people from obstructing the entrance as long as demonstrators are free to speak on the sidewalk.
June 26, 2014

Despite Citizen Anger, Detroit Will Shut Off the Water If Bills Aren't Paid

The city's aggressive plan to shut off water if residents haven't paid their bills shows results, but frustrates residents.
June 26, 2014

Florida Governor Signs Bills to Help Disabled Kids

Rick Scott signs two bills into state law, one requiring the appointment of an attorney for dependent children with special needs.
June 26, 2014

California Bill to Fire Some Teachers Faster Signed

Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday signed legislation aimed at speeding the dismissal of public school teachers for gross misconduct, a bill in reaction to a sex abuse case at Miramonte Elementary School in Los Angeles.
June 25, 2014

Someone Hacked a Computer at Montana's Department of Public Health and Human Services

Officials say 1.3 million were affected by the state's data breach.
June 25, 2014

State Employee Recommends Sandusky Get His Pension Back

In an opinion released Monday, the examiner recommended the state employees' retirement system reinstate the $4,900-a-month pension Sandusky collected before being convicted on child sex abuse charges in 2012.
June 24, 2014

Illinois Will Have a Minimum Wage Hike Question on the Ballot

Gov. Pat Quinn signed a "non-binding advisory referendum" asking voters whether or not they would like to increase the wage from $8.25 to $10 an hour.
June 24, 2014

New Assertions in Jerry Sandusky Investigation

The Sandusky probe report is less critical than Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane, who makes new charges.
June 24, 2014

Will Seattle Pay $58 Million in New Property Taxes to Fund Preschool?

The city council puts two preschool plans on November ballot.
June 24, 2014

California State Schools Will Offer Financial Aid to Middle Class Students

California's public universities have become so expensive that under a new program aid will come to families that earn up to $150,000 annually.
June 24, 2014

Florida Puts Child Safety Before Parents' Rights

Gov. Rick Scott signed into law Monday a sweeping overhaul of Florida's long-troubled child welfare agency, discarding a decade-old policy that favored the rights of parents over those of neglected and abused children -- even as hundreds of infants and toddlers died gruesome and preventable deaths.
June 24, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Wisconsin's Abortion Case

The nation's highest court on Monday turned down Wisconsin's bid to reinstate a state law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals, leaving the rule blocked for now amid an ongoing legal challenge.
June 23, 2014

Despite Responsibility, Sugar Industry Avoids Most of the Cost for Everglade Pollution Cleanup

The sugar companies are accused of dodging Everglades clean-up costs and leaving most of the bill to Florida taxpayers.
June 23, 2014

EPA Can't Require Special Permits for Some New Power Plants

The Supreme Court has limited the ability of the Environmental Protection Agency to require permits via an anti-pollution provision of the Clean Air Act.
June 20, 2014

Michigan to Give $194.5M to Help Detroit Exit Bankruptcy

Gov. Rick Snyder is "looking forward" to bill signing a bill to aid Detroit.
June 20, 2014

Philadelphia Will Borrow $30M to Keep Schools Open

On Thursday, the Council agreed to borrow the money toward the school district's $216 million deficit.
June 20, 2014

Detroit’s Police and Firefighters Pension Agrees to Benefits Cuts

Trustees of Detroit’s pension fund agreed to urge workers and retirees to accept pension cuts to help Detroit address its bankruptcy.
June 20, 2014

Audit: California Prisoners Sterilized without Legal Consent

More than one-quarter of inmate sterilizations performed in California from mid-2005 to mid-2013 followed deficient consent procedures, including 18 cases in which the waiting period between consent and surgery was potentially violated, the state auditor said Thursday.
June 19, 2014

Federal Prosecutors Accuse Wisconsin Governor of Running a 'Criminal Scheme'

Investigators believe Scott Walker was trying to illegally coordinate fundraising and campaign activity.
June 19, 2014

South Carolina Legislators Vote Themselves a $12,000 Pay Hike

The state House had to override Gov. Nikki's Haley's veto to get the increase. Now the bill heads to the Senate.
June 19, 2014

Former Porn Actor Running for Palm Beach County School Board

The candidate, David Mech, once starred in a movie called "Entering the Student Body."
June 18, 2014

Why New Hampshire and Minnesota Decided to Fix Rail Safety

After a string of accidents, two states decided beef up oil-by-rail and pipeline safety.
June 18, 2014

Florida Governor Approves Medical Marijuana (Provided No One Gets High)

Rick Scott signs (limited) into law a bill legalizing "non-euphoric strain" of marijuana for use in treating certain medical conditions.
June 18, 2014

Poop-Throwing Mayor Resigns

San Marino, Calif., Mayor Dennis Kneier resigns after security cameras tape him tossing dog waste into a neighbor's yard.
June 18, 2014

New Jersey Will Scale Up Heroin OD Antidote

Gov. Chris Christie announces pilot program to reverse overdoes will go statewide.
June 18, 2014

Survey: Obamacare Improving Young Adults' Health, Finances

Expanding the number of young adults with health insurance appears to have improved their health and saved them money, according to a new study that is among the first to measure the effect of the health care law that President Barack Obama signed four years ago.
June 18, 2014

Illinois Expands Medicaid

Gov. Pat Quinn today signed into law a Medicaid expansion bill that will tap $2.4 billion in federal funds over the next several years to provide more health care coverage for the poor.
June 18, 2014

Georgia, Missouri Carry Out First U.S. Executions Since Botched Injection

Convicted killers in Georgia and Missouri were executed late Tuesday about an hour apart, marking the first executions in the U.S. since the botched lethal injection of an Oklahoma prisoner in April.
June 17, 2014

Do Missouri Residents Need a 'Right to Farm' Law?

What will change if farming is deemed a constitutionally protected right?
June 17, 2014

In Mississippi Senate Race, Tea Party May Top Cochran

In the Senate runoff, Mississippi's GOP establishment, which is supporting the re-election bid of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, is under siege.
June 17, 2014

A Plan That Seeks to Satisfy Ride-Share and Taxi Drivers

App-based ride services such as uberX, Lyft and Sidecar could put unlimited drivers on the road at a time under a deal Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Monday.
June 16, 2014

Illinois Will Stop Evaluating Cops Based on How Many Tickets They Issue

The governor has signed a new law banning police use of ticket quotas.
June 16, 2014

Wisconsin Legalized Cannabis Oil, But It Still Can't Be Used for Treatment

The law allowing a marijuana derivative for the treatment of seizures remains unused due to roadblocks written into the legislation.
June 16, 2014

Los Angeles Will Identify the City's Most Earthquake-Vulnerable Apartment Buildings

Mayor of Eric Garcetti will create a list of dangerous buildings in his city.
June 16, 2014

San Francisco to Put $15 Minimum Wage on the Next Ballot

The mayor announced a "consensus measure" for the November ballot that would boost the city's minimum wage to $15 by 2018.
June 16, 2014

Obama Intervenes to Stop Philadelphia Rail Strike

President Obama signed an executive order Saturday evening, appointing an emergency board to mediate the SEPTA labor dispute, thus averting a lengthy strike. All 13 SEPTA Regional Rail lines should be back to normal operating schedules Sunday morning, transit agency spokeswoman Jerri Williams said.
June 16, 2014

California Passes Optimistic $156.4-Billion Budget

Flush with optimism from California's resurgent economy, lawmakers approved a $156.4-billion state budget that expands preschool for children from poor families, increases welfare payments and provides critical funding for building the nation's first bullet train.
June 13, 2014

Gay Rights Group Endorses Charlie Crist

LGBT-rights group Equality Florida endorses Democrat Charlie Crist for governor, despite history as governor.
June 13, 2014

Washington State's Governor Orders State Agencies to Study Oil Spill Risks

Gov. Jay Inslee wants to review risks from trains and barges carrying oil.
June 13, 2014

Governor of Georgia Wants to Fix Child and Family Services

Gov. Nathan Deal ousts the leader of the Division of Family and Children Services and announces he will change the agency's approach.
June 13, 2014

Cap-and-Trade Revenue Gives Lifeline to California Bullet Train

California's controversial bullet train would receive hundreds of millions of dollars in the coming year under a budget deal reached by Gov. Jerry Brown and lawmakers Thursday, a critical step toward beginning construction as the project continues to face legal and political challenges.
June 13, 2014

Local Red-Light Cameras Violate State Law, Rules Florida Supreme Court

The Florida Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Orlando and other cities did not have the authority to set up an automated camera system to catch red-light runners and ticket them.
June 13, 2014

Michigan Legislature Breaks without Resolving Voters No. 1 Issue: Roads

Michigan lawmakers adjourned Thursday without the big fix for roads that Gov. Rick Snyder has advocated for more than two years and motorists are clamoring for as they traverse the state's pothole-scarred roads.
June 12, 2014

Los Angeles Eases Closer to Tough Rules About Ride-Share Services

Three L.A. City Council members back new rules for car companies like Lyft and Uber,
June 12, 2014

Despite U.S. Supreme Court Decision, Minnesota Upholds Juvenile Life Sentences

The Minnesota Supreme Court upholds the sentences in a 1992 juvenile murder case, saying that a 2012 Supreme Court decision holding that juvenile life sentences were "cruel and unusual" does not retroactively.
June 12, 2014

How Will Schools Get the Tenure Ruling to Pay Off in the Classroom?

If the ruling stands, the challenge for California will be to craft a system that offers stability to teachers but also gives districts the ability to manage their workforce so that the best teachers reach the students who need them most.
June 12, 2014

Detroit Pension Board Urges Voters to Back Cuts

The Detroit general pension fund board voted today to fully support the city's restructuring plan, including a requirement that the board establish an oversight committee to watch over investments for the next 20 years.
June 11, 2014

Los Angeles County Creates an Independent Office for Child Protection

L.A. County supervisors vote to hire a "child protection czar."
June 11, 2014

Jurors Have Some Trouble Convicting Illinois Legislator of Bribery

'It was rough,' one juror says about the verdict on state Rep. Derrick Smith.
June 11, 2014

California Ruling on Teacher Tenure Could Spur Nationwide Changes

The tenure and seniority system that has long protected California public school teachers, even ineffective ones, was struck down Tuesday in a court decision that could change hiring and firing policies nationwide.
June 10, 2014

Los Angeles Mayor Announces Jobs Plan for Veterans

Eric Garcetti promises 10,000 jobs for veterans by 2017.
June 10, 2014

Illinois Governor Signs Bill to Reduce Pension Benefits, Raise Retirement Ages for City Hall Workers

This is a victory for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, but Republicans say the move will trigger property tax hikes in the city.
June 10, 2014

Florida to Give In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants

Gov. Rick Scott quietly signed legislation over the weekend that allows students who are undocumented immigrants to qualify for in-state tuition at Florida colleges and universities.
June 10, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Refuses Case on Juveniles Serving Life Sentences

Pennsylvania has more inmates convicted as juveniles for murder and sentenced to life without parole than any other place in the world.
June 9, 2014

Little Vermont's GMO Law Could Dramatically Change the U.S. Food Industry

Vermont could force food growers, processors and retailers to upend how they serve hundreds of millions of customers nationwide.
June 9, 2014

Auto Industry Gives $26 Million to Prop Up Detroit

Detroit automakers promise money to protect city pensions and art.
June 9, 2014

Supreme Court: California Is Responsible for Disabled Veterans, Even If They're in County Jails

Justices refused to hear Jerry Brown's complaint that state responsibility "violates fundamental federalism principles" by holding the state liable for lapses by local officials.
June 9, 2014

Illinois Bans Microbeads

Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Sunday making Illinois first state to ban personal care products containing synthetic plastic microbeads.
June 9, 2014

Should Cap-and-Trade Revenue Fund Mass Transit?

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti supports a plan to invest the state's cap-and-trade revenue in mass transit and affordable housing.
June 9, 2014

Los Angeles City Councilman Proposes Leaving Background Checks for Jobs Until After Initial Hiring Begins

L.A. leaders ask employers in the city not to automatically reject people with criminal records.
June 9, 2014

Less Than a Third of Los Angeles City Employees Live in Los Angeles

They say housing costs and schools' reputations keep them out.
June 9, 2014

Virginia Senator's Resignation Leaves One Less Vote for Medicaid Expansion

A Southwest Virginia state senator has resigned effective today, a decision that could have implications for the ongoing budget stalemate tied to Medicaid expansion.
June 9, 2014

Bucking Trend, Oregon Schools Will Offer Condoms to Students

An Oregon school district plans to offer condoms to middle schoolers and high schoolers who specifically ask for them during conversation with counselors and administrators.
June 6, 2014

Most Californians Still Don't Care About the Drought

A poll finds little support for drought spending in the state.
June 6, 2014

North Dakota Lawsuit Challenges Gay Marriage Ban

Now there are 31 states with same-sex marriage bans that have lawsuits about them.
June 5, 2014

Governor of Maine Wants Authority to Investigate VA Facilities

Gov. Paul LePage seeks signs a letter to Obama with five other Republican governors, requesting unprecedented access because of the scandal over wait lists for medical care.
June 5, 2014

North Carolina Will Begin Exploring Fracking

Gov. Pat McCrory signs energy bill for natural gas exploration to begin in 2015.
June 5, 2014

Car Sharing Services Like UberX Are Illegal in Miami. But They're Still Around.

Despite Miami-Dade saying UberX and Lyft cars are outside the law it won’t be easy for the county to eliminate them from being used in town.
June 4, 2014

Rabbis Join Lawsuit Challenging North Carolina's Same-Sex Marriage Ban

The Central Conference of American Rabbis join the Alliance of Baptists and the United Church of Christ in challenging the state ban on same sex marriage. The suit is the nation's first faith-based challenge to same-sex marriage bans.
June 4, 2014

No, Georgia Can't Begin Drug Testing Food Stamp Recipients, Say Feds

Implementing a state law requiring drug testing on July 1 would violate federal rules, the regional administrator of the federal Food and Nutrition Service warned in a letter to Georgia's chief of human services.
June 4, 2014

Chris Christie: Camden Policing Works

New Jersey governor touts Camden policing as a good model.
June 4, 2014

Baltimore's Building a Fence to Keep Out the Homeless

The city and state are putting up a $450,000 black steel fence around the downtown War Memorial to stop homeless men and women -- some of whom are veterans -- from sleeping on the steps under the Greek-inspired columns of the landmark building across from City Hall.
June 4, 2014

Detroit Aid Package Awaiting Governor's Signature

The grand bargain of bills that will send $194.8 million from the state to the City of Detroit to help settle the city's bankruptcy sailed through the state Senate with large bipartisan majorities Tuesday and are on their way to Gov. Rick Snyder for his signature.
June 4, 2014

What Happens When a Polling Place Runs Out of Ballots

Some Long Beach voters said their polling place ran out of city ballots Tuesday evening.
June 4, 2014

California Gov. Jerry Brown to Face Neel Kashkari in November

Dashing toward an unprecedented fourth term, Gov. Jerry Brown romped to victory in Tuesday's state primary and in November will face Republican Neel Kashkari, who emerged from a fractious intra-party battle to win a chance to take on the incumbent.
June 3, 2014

Florida Governor Signs the Largest Budget in State History

Gov. Rick Scott signs $77 billion state budget.
June 2, 2014

Why the Feds' Pot Is in Mississippi

The campus of the University of Mississippi is home the only source of pot allowed for researchers who want to conduct FDA-approved tests on using marijuana for medical purposes.
June 2, 2014

Monica Wehby's Run for the Oregon Senate Results in Awkward Questions About Her Personal Life

A stalker charge turns the Oregon Senate race into a fight on gender politics.
June 2, 2014

Why Don't Voters Care About California's Primary?

Residents of this small mountain town in northeastern California will vote on Tuesday, as they have religiously -- and at uncommonly high rates -- for many years.
June 2, 2014

Iowa Legalizes Cannabis Oil

A small army of never-say-die parents and children -- many in wheelchairs -- impacted by epilepsy flooded the Capitol rotunda Friday to watch Gov. Terry Branstad sign a law giving them access to relief-providing cannabis oil that they didn't think was possible several months ago.
June 2, 2014

The Welfare State

West Virginia gets more federal money than any other state.
June 2, 2014

How Miami's Department of Children & Families Ignored 30 Children's Deaths

The department kept child deaths off the books. Was it deliberate or an accident?
June 2, 2014

Local Authorities in Fight with Feds About Immigration Enforcement

Some California counties have stopped honoring requests from immigration agents to hold potentially deportable inmates beyond their jail terms.
June 2, 2014

In San Jose, You Can Get Free Weed for Voting

The Silicon Valley Cannabis Coalition will be providing free weed to members who vote in the Tuesday election. The coalition said it will announce a list of clubs participating in the "Weed for Votes" program Monday; members must show proof with an "I Voted" sticker or ballot stub.
June 2, 2014

Transgender Rights Law Won't Be on Maryland Ballot

A conservative group trying to force a referendum on a transgender rights law scheduled to take effect this fall did not get the required signatures needed to bring the issue to a vote.
May 30, 2014

John Kasich Will Sign Bill to Reduce Green Energy Requirements

Gov. John Kasich says he'll sign a controversial pullback on renewable-energy rules.
May 30, 2014

Facebook's Zuckerberg Makes His Biggest Donation to Public Schools

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his pediatrician wife on Thursday pledged $120 million to help schools in low-income Bay Area communities in what amounts to their biggest publicly announced donation to a local cause.
May 30, 2014

How a County Got Tourists to Fund Police Pensions

Miami-Dade County collects more than $90 million a year in hotel taxes, and state law mandates that the money can be spent only on culture, tourism and sports stadiums.
May 30, 2014

Philly School Commission Chooses Violating City Charter over 'Unacceptable Cuts'

Taking an unexpected, unprecedented stand, the School Reform Commission refused Thursday night to pass a 2014-15 budget. Its officials said they would deliberately violate the City Charter by not approving a spending plan.
May 29, 2014

Oklahoma Sets Oil Production Tax at 2 Percent

Gov. Mary Fallin signed legislation that will set the state's oil and natural gas gross production tax for the first 36 months of production. The rate had historically been 7 percent and was recently lowered to 4 percent.
May 29, 2014

North Carolina Legislature Votes to Prohibit Local Business Taxes

A tax bill includes a provision to revoke the authority of North Carolina municipalities to levy privilege taxes on businesses beginning July 1, 2015.
May 29, 2014

No 2024 Olympics for Philadelphia

Mayor Michael Nutter announces the city is no longer interested in submitting a bid.
May 29, 2014

Seattle Police Reject Federally Mandated Reforms

In a highly public rejection of federally mandated reforms, more than 100 Seattle police officers filed a lawsuit Wednesday asking a federal judge to block what they called "mechanical" and unrealistic use-of-force policies imposed on them under a court-ordered consent decree.
May 29, 2014

Florida Governor Suing Feds to Allow VA Hospital Inspections

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said Wednesday that he will sue the federal government to demand that personnel from the state's Agency for Health Care Administration's (AHCA) be permitted to inspect and regulate Florida's VA hospitals.
May 29, 2014

2,000 Get Detroit's Pension-Cutting Ballot with Wrong Info

About 2,000 pensioners with a vote on Detroit's plan to cut retirement benefits received ballots with a significant error, a lawyer for retirees revealed in bankruptcy court today. The news did not please U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes, who requested the identity of the person who made the error.
May 28, 2014

Can Maryland Collect Taxes on Out-of-State Income?

Supreme Court agrees to hear a tax case about whether some income are collected in violation of the Constitution.
May 28, 2014

Supreme Court Rules Secret Documents Must Be Allowed in Florida Redistricting Trial

The 5-2 ruling says 538 pages of emails, maps and planning documents of a GOP political operative must be allowed into the record in the ongoing redistricting trial — but only if the courtroom is closed.
May 28, 2014

Chris Christie Signs Law to Unseal Adoptee Records

New Jersery governor signs bill allowing adoptees 18 and older to access their original birth certificates without court intervention.
May 28, 2014

Medicaid Expansion to Cover College Students

States consider using Medicaid to pay for college health plan premiums.
May 28, 2014

Michigan Hikes Minimum Wage to $9.25 an Hour

Workers may see a raise as soon as Sept. 1.
May 28, 2014

Supreme Court Rules States Can't Use IQ to Decide Executions

The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test.
May 28, 2014

Report Gives Detroit an Estimate to Fix Its Blight Problem

It will take $850 million to clean up residential neighborhoods and nearby retail strips over the next five years, and about $2 billion total when adding in huge commercial edifices such as the Packard Plant and the Michigan Central Station.
May 27, 2014

Why Are Past GOP Donors Backing Jerry Brown Now?

California's governor has received nearly $2 million from donors who fueled Meg Whitman's and Steve Poizner's Republican gubernatorial bids in 2010.
May 27, 2014

California Assemblyman Tries to Use Business Failure to His Advantage in Race for Governor

Tim Donnelly takes an unusual tactic in his race for governor.
May 27, 2014

Obama Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan Unclear, Will Let States Make Many Decisions

The president will call for major reductions, with each state given its own greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and the power to decide how to meet it.
May 27, 2014

Kansas Man Serving as Dad's Running Mate in Governor's Race

Josh Umbehr is running for Kansas lieutenant governor, campaigning with his father, Keen Umbehr, the Libertarian gubernatorial candidate.
May 27, 2014

Suspended Los Angeles Teachers Will No Longer Have to Report to 'Teacher Jails'

Instead of reporting to district offices every day, they can just stay home.
May 23, 2014

Indiana Cracking Down on Synthetic Drugs

The state's Board of Pharmacy bans the compounds used in making synthetic drugs.
May 23, 2014

Georgia's Latest Teacher Problem: A Lawsuit Over Health Insurance

Georgia sued over health care cost for teachers, state employees and retirees.
May 23, 2014

Michigan Faces a Property Tax Decision on Statewide Ballot

Michigan voters will decide the fate of the state's personal property tax on Aug. 5
May 23, 2014

And Then There Were 4 ... Finalists to Host the 2016 RNC

The Republican Party on Thursday announced four finalists to host its 2016 national convention _ Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City, Mo. _ after Las Vegas withdrew its bid in the face of strong opposition from some conservatives in the GOP.
May 22, 2014

2 California Counties Sue Drug Companies About Painkillers

Counties sue pharmaceutical giants over opioids.
May 22, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Won't Appeal Gay Marriage Ruling

Gov. Corbett said Wednesday that he would not appeal the federal court decision overturning the state's ban on same-sex marriage, making Pennsylvania the 19th state to recognize such marriages.
May 21, 2014

California Asian-Americans Divided Over Affirmative Action

A controversial proposal in the California Legislature would cut the number of Asian students admitted to University of California schools.
May 21, 2014

Ranchers Near Oklahoma-Texas Border Fear Losing Land to Feds

Landowners near the Red River are getting nervous.
May 21, 2014

Pennsylvania's Gay Marriage Ban Struck Down

A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Pennsylvania's ban on same-sex marriages, a landmark ruling that appeared to clear the way for the Commonwealth to become the latest state to legalize gay marriage.
May 21, 2014

Philly Politicians Must Keep Resigning to Run for Office

City voters once again rejected a controversial measure that would have allowed politicians to keep their current post while campaigning for another.
May 21, 2014

Georgia Gov. Deal Easily Wins Primary

Gov. Nathan Deal handily defeated two GOP challengers Tuesday after a bitter primary contest. Now he must prepare for a November vote against Democrat Jason Carter, whose brand-name political legacy has already electrified the race.
May 20, 2014

California Farmers Must Face Climate Change

The agricultural community must adapt or face climate consequences, scientists say.
May 20, 2014

Court: Georgia Can Keep Execution Drugmakers Secret

The Georgia Supreme Court on Monday upheld the state's lethal-injection secrecy law, saying it plays a "positive role" in the capital punishment process.
May 20, 2014

Pennsylvanians Pick Corbett's Challenger in Primary

Pennsylvania Democrats will go to the polls Tuesday to choose a nominee to take on Gov. Corbett after a sometimes-ugly primary campaign that has cost more than $31 million before the final bills are totaled.
May 19, 2014

Judge: North Carolina's Plan to Eliminate Teacher Tenure Unconstitutional

Robert Hobgood rules that the state's plan violates the contract clause in the U.S. Constitution and “amounts to an unconstitutional taking of plaintiffs’ property rights in their existing contract,” which violates the state constitution.
May 19, 2014

Oklahoma Finally Has a Budget Deal

Thousands of workers will get a pay raise for first time in years.
May 19, 2014

Connecticut Republicans Nominate Businessman Tom Foley for Governor

Two others, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton and Senate Minority Leader John McKinney of Fairfield, qualified for the August primary.
May 19, 2014

Kentucky Wants Its Hemp

Why Kentucky is fighting for hemp in federal court.
May 19, 2014

Philadelphia May Stop Forcing Politicians to Resign to Run for Another Office

The new ballot questions include ending the city's longstanding resign-to-run rule.
May 16, 2014

Why Are Manufacturers Targeting High Schools and Colleges?

They may be trying to sell manufacturing to a new generation.
May 16, 2014

California Ballot Initiative Would Raise the Amount People Can Receive in Medical Lawsuits

A new medical malpractice initiative qualifies for the California ballot.
May 16, 2014

Gay Marriages Halted Right Before They Were Set to Start

Less than 24 hours before county clerks could start issuing licenses for same-sex marriages, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals called a timeout.
May 16, 2014

Idaho Governor Backs Challengers to 5 Incumbents

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter has endorsed candidates in 22 legislative primary races -- including five challengers to current GOP incumbents, four of them from North Idaho.
May 15, 2014

Michigan Legislature Considers Bills on Detroit Bankruptcy

Lawmakers try to address city and union concerns in Detroit aid legislation.
May 15, 2014

Federal Court Strikes Down Wisconsin Limits on Political Issue Ads

The practical impact of the decision is blunted because the rules were already been sidelined by another lawsuit several years ago.
May 15, 2014

Why Does Georgia's Governor Fly Around the State so Much?

Gov. Nathan Deal, facing a stiff re-election challenge, logged twice as many hours on state-chartered airplanes this year during the period when he signs bills into law as he did in 2013.
May 15, 2014

Obama Speeds Up Infrastructure Projects, Urges Congress to Act

Without quick action by Congress, the U.S. Transportation Department may begin scaling back or halting work on thousands of roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects at the height of the construction season this July, when the nation's Highway Trust Fund is expected to run dry.
May 15, 2014

California Nonprofits Will Have to Identify Donors

Gov. Jerry Brown signs law requiring political nonprofits to identify donors.
May 14, 2014

Florida Gov. Gives OK to Unpopular Power Lines, Nuclear Plant

Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet granted a company permission to build two nuclear generators and 88 miles of transmission lines in Miami-Dade County, despite opposition from local governments.
May 13, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Case in Virginia Goes to the Appellate Level

Analysis: Gay marriage in Virginia gets its day in federal appeals court.
May 13, 2014

Maryland's Commissioner of Labor Accused of Stealing a State Senator's Campaign Signs

The wife of Commissioner Ronald DeJuliis is running against Baltimore County State Sen. Jim Brochin.
May 13, 2014

California Has a New Assembly Speaker: Toni Atkins

On Monday Atkins became the first openly gay woman to ascend to the head of the California Assembly.
May 13, 2014

Layoffs Planned for Camden, N.J., Schools

The city will get rid of 206 teachers.
May 13, 2014

Feds, Counties Object to Detroit's Bankruptcy Exit Plan

The political wrangling over Detroit's bankruptcy restructuring plan intensified Monday when the U.S. government, Oakland and Macomb counties filed official objections to the plan.
May 13, 2014

Congress Killed the Keystone Vote

The chances for a Senate vote to approve the Keystone pipeline died on Monday along with an energy efficiency bill, victims of Congress' inability to do anything regarding energy policy.
May 12, 2014

Anti-Bullying Texas City Councilman Gets in Fight with the Weather Channel

A Twitter storm erupts between the "it gets better" Fort Worth councilman and the Weather Channel.
May 12, 2014

Are N.C. Teachers Paid Too Little?

Teacher flight is rising in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools; pay may be a factor.
May 12, 2014

Patrick Lucey, Former Wisconsin Governor and Ambassador to Mexico, Is Dead

A politician without much charisma, he was a tenacious organizer and helped with the Democratic Party's rise in Wisconsin. From governor to ambassador, Patrick Lucey served state, nation
May 12, 2014

Wisconsin to Abandon Campaign-Donation Limits After Supreme Court Ruling

Wisconsin election officials acknowledged in federal court Thursday they could not enforce a state law that limits the amount donors can give to all candidates to $10,000 a year, in light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling.
May 12, 2014

Minnesota's New Laws Help Women in the Workplace

Gov. Mark Dayton rang in Mother's Day Sunday by giving final approval to a package of bills aimed at improving conditions for women in the workplace.
May 9, 2014

Illinois School District Votes to Leave the School Lunch Program

Arlington Heights District 214 has decided to quit the National School Lunch Program over a health-focused federal policy taking effect this year that officials say likely will cause the district to lose money.
May 9, 2014

How Georgia Energy Companies Influence Energy Regulation

Energy businesses are pouring money into state campaigns.
May 9, 2014

Despite Google Deal, Fast Internet Service Won't Be Available Throughout Portland

Google Fiber's Portland deal won't serve everyone in the city.
May 9, 2014

Kansas Voters Who Want to Switch Parties Must Do so Earlier to Vote in the Primaries

Kansas voters must switch before July 1 to vote in the Aug. 5 primary.
May 9, 2014

Is it Time for Prison Yoga?

Yoga in some California prisons offers inmates 90-minute pursuits of inner peace.
May 9, 2014

How Philadelphia Plans to Raise Cash: Sell Ads on Stuff the City Owns

The city prepares to sell ads on municipal buildings and vehicles.
May 9, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Legislation Calls for 20 Years of Oversight

A seven-member board could oversee Detroit’s pensions and finances for at least 20 years under a package of 11 bills that will govern the state’s contribution toward settling Detroit’s historic bankruptcy.
May 8, 2014

The Problem with Low-Emission Cars: Collecting Gas Revenue

Are special fees for driving green a penalty?
May 8, 2014

How High is Too High to Drive?

With no conclusive research, states are all over the map as they try to assess intoxication by measuring blood levels of THC, the main ingredient in marijuana.
May 7, 2014

Judge Orders End to Investigation of Wisconsin Governor's Recall Campaign

A federal judge has ordered a halt to the "John Doe" investigation about the recall campaign of Gov. Scott Walker and "all or nearly all right-of-center groups and individuals in Wisconsin who have engaged in issue advocacy from 2010 to the present."
May 7, 2014

Feds Nix California's Design for a Driver's License for Undocumented Immigrants

Federal authorities rejected California's proposed design for a driver's license for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, saying it looks too much like permits given to citizens.
May 7, 2014

Minnesota Senate Passes (Troublesome) Medical Marijuana Bill

Despite opposition from the governor and law enforcement, the Senate passed a medical pot bill. The next stage is where it gets tough.
May 7, 2014

California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Tries to Connect Rival to Fundamentalist Islamic Law

Tim Donnelly said Neel Kashkari "supported the United States submitting to the Islamic, Shariah banking code in 2008."
May 7, 2014

Dozens of Changes Proposed to Make Executions More Just

The death penalty should be overhauled "from the moment of arrest to the moment of death," and the lethal drug cocktail used in Oklahoma's botched execution last week should be abolished in favor of a single drug, according to a bipartisan panel of criminal justice experts.
May 6, 2014

Will Sriracha Production Move to Texas?

Sriracha sauce becomes a hot political issue with bipartisan backing.
May 6, 2014

What Could Go Wrong in Snohomish County Again?

Washington county retreats from a proposed building ban in slide-prone areas.
May 6, 2014

Despite Opposition from the Telecommunications Industry, Cell Phone Protection Bill Will Come Up Again

The Smartphone 'kill switch' bill will have another shot in the California Senate.
May 5, 2014

Why Newark's Mayoral Race is Really About Control of All of New Jersey

Newark race becomes a battleground for much wider power in the state.
May 5, 2014

Supreme Court Allows Prayers at City Council Meetings

The Supreme Court said Monday that city councils and other public boards are free to open their meetings with an explicitly Christian prayer, ruling that judges may not act as "censors of religious speech" simply because the prayers reflect the views of the dominant faith.
May 5, 2014

Maryland's Minimum-Wage Hike Signed

Vowing to strengthen Maryland's middle class, Gov. Martin O'Malley signed legislation Monday that will gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour -- his No. 1 priority for the final legislative session of his eight years in office.
May 2, 2014

Arkansas Asking for Stay on Gay Marriage Ruling

The state's attorney general asked the state's top court to suspend ruling that struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriages.
May 2, 2014

Missouri Governor's Veto Sets up Showdown with Legislature

Surrounded by developmentally disabled children in wheelchairs, Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday announced his veto of a tax cut bill that he maintains would gut funding for them and other vulnerable Missourians in order to give generous breaks to the richest people in the state.
May 2, 2014

California Lawmaker Crowdsources Constituents to Create a Bill of Their Own

The state Assembly passed a measure Thursday that is less notable for what it would do -- tweak the probate code -- than for how it was crafted: by the public, in an online "wiki" page.
May 2, 2014

Feds Investigating Quinn's Anti-Violence Program

Federal authorities have requested information about Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn's $55 million anti-violence initiative that has drawn fire for mismanagement and misspending.
May 2, 2014

Florida Looks to Be Next to Give In-State Tuition to Undocumented Immigrants

Ending a fight that lasted more than a decade, the Florida Senate voted Thursday to let undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.
May 1, 2014

Florida's Pension Reform Plan Dies in its Senate (Again)

The GOP plan to plan to steer more state employees toward private pension funds and away from the traditional defined benefit plan isn't going to happen.
April 30, 2014

Washington Governor Wants State to Reduce Carbon Emissions

Gov. Jay Inslee issues an executive order to fight climate change and appoints a new task force to find ways for Washington to reduce pollution.
April 30, 2014

Philadelphia Mayor Extends Anti-Smoking Campaign to Public Parks

Mayor Michael Nutter signed an executive order Tuesday immediately banning smoking in city parks.
April 30, 2014

Georgia Governor Basically Kills Medicaid Expansion

Gov. Nathan Deal signs legislation to take the power to expand Medicaid away from the governor and give it to the General Assembly. The move ensures that even if a Democrat were elected governor, he couldn't expand Medicaid without obtaining legislative approval -- an unlikely event in Georgia.
April 30, 2014

Wisconsin's Voter ID Ruling Could Have National Implications

In a decision that could have implications nationally and in Wisconsin's November elections, a federal judge on Tuesday struck down the state's voter ID law, saying it violated the Voting Rights Act and the U.S. Constitution.
April 30, 2014

Botched Execution in Oklahoma Prompts Closer Look at Secrecy Laws

Clayton Lockett's botched death occurred after a constitutional showdown over Oklahoma's execution secrecy laws. It is likely to provoke strong criticism from death penalty opponents at a time when similar policies on lethal injections have come under attack.
April 30, 2014

Virginia AG Allows Kids of Immigrants to Pay In-State Tuition

In his second high-profile deviation from state practice since January, Attorney General Mark Herring has moved to let the offspring of those living in the United States illegally pay in-state tuition at Virginia public colleges and, in the process, bucked a General Assembly that rejected such policy.
April 30, 2014

Florida Poised to Allow Kids of Immigrants to Pay In-State Tuition

The Florida Senate on Tuesday paved the way for final passage of a contentious bill allowing undocumented immigrants to pay in-state tuition rates at Florida colleges and universities.
April 29, 2014

Judge Orders Minnesota to Kill Online Voter Registration System

Ramsey County District Judge John Guthmann said Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie doesn't have the authority to create the voter registration system he launched last year.
April 29, 2014

Maryland Keeps 'House of Cards' Filming in State

Gov. Martin O'Malley and the TV show announced Friday that they had reached an agreement that would allow the third season of the political drama to be filmed in the state, despite the Maryland offering less in incentives than producers wanted.
April 29, 2014

Michigan Institutes New Fracking Rules

New hydraulic fracturing rules mean residents will increase information available to concerned residents and keep better track of water impacts.
April 29, 2014

Mistake in Illinois Pension Law Causing Many Professors to Retire Early

The error would calculate an employee's retirement benefits as of last year instead of this year, leading to a more significant reduction than intended.
April 29, 2014

Pennsylvania Attorney General Agrees to Turn Over Evidence About Corruption Investigation

Kathleen Kane says she will the release information gathered about an aborted sting operation to Philadelphia prosecutors.
April 29, 2014

Detroit Strikes Tentative 5-Year Deal with 14 Unions in Bankruptcy Case

Detroit has reached a five-year agreement with 14 of its unions, including AFSCME -- the city's largest union -- in its bankruptcy case, according to a statement issued this morning by federal mediators who are assisting with the city's restructuring.
April 29, 2014

Supreme Court Weighing Whether Public Employees Can Reveal Corruption

The Supreme Court on Monday sounded ready to rule that a public employee who testifies about corruption in his government department cannot be fired for revealing the truth.
April 29, 2014

Pennsylvania's Voter ID Law Won't Be Reconsidered

A Commonwealth Court judge on Monday denied the Corbett administration's request to reconsider his ruling overturning the state's two-year-old voter identification law.
April 29, 2014

Religious Leaders Unite in New Fight Against Gay Marriage Bans

A group of Charlotte-area ministers helped launch the country's first faith-based challenge to same-sex marriage bans, claiming in a lawsuit filed Monday that North Carolina's laws block them from practicing their religion.
April 28, 2014

Miami Works to Create a Cuban Exile Museum

This would be the city's second museum devoted to Cuban immigrants.
April 28, 2014

Toyota Will Move U.S. Headquarters to Texas

Toyota Motor Corp. is restructuring of its U.S. operations and moving out of California.
April 25, 2014

Why Are California's Water Wars so Bad This Year?

California's water wars reach 'new level of crazy'
April 25, 2014

The Other Side of Colorado's Marijuana Tourism: Sick Children

Families head to Colorado so suffering kids can get medical marijuana.
April 25, 2014

Common Core Is Very Popular in California

Controversial elsewhere, in the Golden State the reform enjoys the support of 72 percent of Democrats and 60 percent of Republicans.
April 23, 2014

Washington State Ends Program Using Prisoners to Clean Up Asbestos

The 23-year-old program ends after investigators found injuries and shoddy work practices.
April 23, 2014

Marijuana Legalization Advocates Working to Put Legalization Questions on the Ballot

One supporter, facing a felony trial for selling pot, has filed to run for state representative.
April 23, 2014

Georgia Couple Sues to Overturn State's Gay Marriage Ban

Three couples argue the state's 10-year-old ban against same-sex marriage denies them equal protection under the law.
April 23, 2014

Romney Donates to McDonnell's Legal Defense

Donors such as former presidential candidate Mitt Romney produced a recent spike in contributions to a charity set up to raise money for former Gov. Bob McDonnell's legal defense
April 22, 2014

Michigan Governor Tries to Crack Down on Scrap Metal Theft

Rick Snyder signs legislation making it harder for scrap metal thieves to sell their goods.
April 21, 2014

Medicaid Expansion Helps Released Prisoners Get Health Coverage

Prisons and jails are getting the Medicaid ball rolling.
April 21, 2014

Kansas Governor: Medicaid Expansion Decision Up to the Legislature

Medicaid expansion is not going to happen in Kansas anytime soon.
April 21, 2014

Atlanta's Teacher Pension Gamble

Lacking funds, the Georgia city's school system is considering borrowing money to bet on the stock market.
April 21, 2014

How Las Vegas Learns to Save Water

Drought -- and neighbors -- press the city to conserve.
April 21, 2014

Wisconsin's Collective-Bargaining Limits Upheld in Court

Dealing unions yet another legal defeat, a federal appeals court Friday upheld Gov. Scott Walker's tight limits on collective bargaining for most public employees.
April 18, 2014

Portland Will Drain 38 Million-Gallon Reservoir After Teen Urinates in it

The pee in the Mt. Tabor Reservoir poses no health risk to the city.
April 18, 2014

Can Medical Marijuana Patients Own Guns?

Regardless of state laws, federal law still prohibits users of marijuana from possessing a handgun.
April 17, 2014

The End of Amazon's Florida Tax Loophole

Amazon will begin collecting sales tax in Florida on May 1.
April 17, 2014

Jerry Brown: California Needs a Savings Account

The California governor pushes for a rainy day fund, but it'll be a tough political battle to get the policy he wants.
April 17, 2014

Is it Time to Ban the Exfoliant That's Also a Pollutant?

Illinois could be first state to outlaw microbeads, the tiny plastic particles found in many facial cleansers and soaps.
April 17, 2014

Philly Enacts 'One of the Most Progressive Anti-Deportation Policies'

Mayor Nutter signed an executive order to end the city's compliance with federal agents' requests to hold arrested immigrants who otherwise would be released pending trial.
April 17, 2014

California City Official's 12-Year Sentence Ends Scandal

The former city boss could be a free man in six years with time off for good behavior.
April 16, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Begins Tough Campaign for Reelection

Gov. Scott Walker kicked off his re-election bid with rallies around the state.
April 16, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Signs Into Law Several Bills to Protect Children

Gov. Tom Corbett approved a spate of child welfare laws earlier this week.
April 16, 2014

Detroit Pension Deal Inches City Closer to Bankruptcy Exit

Negotiators for Detroit pension boards agreed late Tuesday to retiree benefit cuts that were dramatically lower than initially proposed, marking a watershed moment that could help resolve Detroit’s historic Chapter 9 bankruptcy and position the city to start reinvesting in services, sources familiar with the deal said.
April 16, 2014

Obama, Michigan in Talks to Free Up $100M to Aid Detroit Pension Deal

The Obama administration and state officials are in discussions on a deal that would free up an additional $100 million to soften the blow to Detroit pensioners, two people familiar with the talks told the Free Press late Tuesday.
April 16, 2014

EPA's First-Ever Limit on Air Pollutants Upheld

A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld the Environmental Protection Agency's first-ever limits on air toxics, including emissions of mercury, arsenic and acid gases, preserving a far-reaching rule the White House had touted as central to President Obama's environmental agenda.
April 15, 2014

Seattle Mayor Orders Wage Committee to Break Impasse on Minimum Wage

Mayor Ed Murray says the panel needs to reach a deal on $15 minimum wage plan, or he'll introduce the plan himself.
April 15, 2014

Seattle to Build Bike Lanes Away from Busy Streets

Seattle’s new bike plan: have people ride on calmer backstreets.
April 15, 2014

Are Michigan's Municipal Finance Problems Spreading?

Gov. Rick Snyder declares a financial emergency in the city of Lincoln Park.
April 15, 2014

California Considers Using Recycled Water

California looking to recycled water, what critics call "toilet-to-tap," to ease drought concerns.
April 15, 2014

Detroit's Attempt to Share Water with Suburbs Fails

The City of Detroit has ended negotiations with Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties over the potential spinoff of the city’s water department as a regional authority, but the city and counties signaled they haven’t ruled out a deal entirely.
April 15, 2014

Rhode Island's Pension Battle Heads to Court

The battle over pension changes that state lawmakers made in 2011 will be resolved not through mediation but in court, the two sides said Friday.
April 15, 2014

Federal Judge Orders Ohio to Recognize Out-of-State Gay Marriages

The state will appeal Monday’s federal court decision striking down part of Ohio’s ban on gay marriage when it comes to recognizing marriages legally performed in other states.
April 14, 2014

Does Fracking Cause Earthquakes?

Ohio geologists find a probable link between fracking and quakes. Oil and gas industry officials call the tremors "isolated incidents."
April 14, 2014

Maine Governor Vetoes Solar Energy Plan for the State

Gov. Paul LePage says he objects to the new tax, 0.011 cents per kilowatt-hour, the solar bill would have enacted.
April 14, 2014

Minimal Support for Raising Florida's Minimum Wage

Try as they might, Democratic lawmakers could not spark a discussion about increasing the state minimum wage.
April 11, 2014

Minnesota to Raise Minimum Wage

A bill to increase the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour heads to Gov. Mark Dayton, who says he will sign it.
April 11, 2014

Maine Governor Vetoes Medicaid Expansion Bill

Gov. Paul LePage on Wednesday vetoed a bill that would have expanded MaineCare coverage to more than 60,000 low income Mainers.
April 11, 2014

Detroit Bankruptcy Judge to Rule Today in Swaps Saga

For the third time, the fate of a settlement between Detroit and two global banks over a disastrous financial bet engineered by Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's administration rests in the hands of a bankruptcy judge who has questioned the legality of the original transaction.
April 10, 2014

Florida Governor Won't Back Down About Misleading Obamacare Campaign Ad

Gov. Rick Scott's campaign ads suggest that 300,000 people in the state have lost their health insurance plans due to the Affordable Care Act. This isn't true.
April 10, 2014

California Plans for a Long, Unpleasant Drought

California's water plan unveils hardships to come as the state's dry spell persists.
April 10, 2014

Detroit Mayor "Works to Be Hands-on"

Mike Duggan making the most of his limited power.
April 10, 2014

Philadelphia Mayor Cracks Down on E-Cigarettes

Michael Nutter signed bills that prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors and ban vaping in city workplaces, bars, restaurants, and other public spaces.
April 10, 2014

States Looking to Sell Some Roads to Cities and Towns

States tout the benefits of local control, but it's also a way to save cash.
April 9, 2014

Why Did Authorities Shut Down a Sting Operation That Caught 5 Elected Officials?

The long-running inquiry into money or gifts to lawmakers was dropped after state Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane took office early last year.
April 9, 2014

Ted Kennedy Jr. Running for Connecticut State Senate

Ted Kennedy Jr. finally acquiesced Tuesday to the overtures of Democrats who have long tried to lure the advocate for the disabled into running for office.
April 8, 2014

Wisconsin Tries to Combat State's Heroin Blight

Gov. Scott Walker signs several bills aimed at fighting Wisconsin's growing drug problem.
April 8, 2014

How Bad Is the Chicago Police Department's Aggravated Assault Problem?

Chicago's inspector general finds that the police underreported aggravated assaults and batteries in 2012
April 8, 2014

Maryland Lawmakers Raise Minimum Wage, Decriminalize Marijuana

By the time confetti fell in Annapolis on Monday night, state lawmakers had loosened marijuana laws, made Maryland the second state in the country to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour and whittled their way through more than 2,600 bills considered during the 434th legislative session.
April 8, 2014

Minnesota's Minimum Wage to Jump from Lowest to Highest

Minnesota’s minimum wage is set to jump from one of the lowest in the nation to one of the highest, promising a better standard of living for more than 350,000 workers but raising bottom-line concerns for some business owners.
April 8, 2014

Charlotte City Council Names New Mayor

State Sen. Dan Clodfelter was named mayor of Charlotte Monday night, replacing Patrick Cannon, who resigned nearly two weeks ago after his arrest on federal corruption charges.
April 7, 2014

How Jerry Brown Could Remake the California Supreme Court

Dominated for decades by conservatives, the state's most powerful court may soon be remade by the governor if, as expected, he wins another term.
April 7, 2014

U.S. Supreme Court Will Not Hear Case About New Mexico Gay Wedding Bias

Supreme Court declines an appeal over discrimination case about a photographer's refusal to take pictures at a lesbian wedding.
April 7, 2014

In New Jersey Bridge Scandal, One Player Escapes Scrutiny: Kim Guadagno

New Jersey's lieutenant governor is staying below the radar in swirl of controversy.
April 7, 2014

Chicago's Commuter Train Had Very Serious Problems

A new report indicates that the train was going too fast for its emergency brakes to work.
April 7, 2014

Washington Governor Rejects Bill on Drones and Privacy, Saying It Doesn't Go Far Enough

Gov. Jay Inslee vetoed the bill, saying he wants more privacy protection.
April 7, 2014

Do We Need New Rules About Lobbying and Conflicts of Interest?

States are looking harder at rules on gifts to lawmakers.
April 7, 2014

New Michigan Laws Could Revive Dormant Oil and Natural Gas Wells. But Is This Safe?

Some see opportunity, others fear exploitation under the state's new oil and natural gas extraction laws.
April 4, 2014

Stanford University Has a New Program, for Retired People

There's a new school for retirees who want to mold satisfying second careers, and can pay $60,000 to do so.
April 4, 2014

California Governor Signs Bill to Improve Campaign Finance Investigations

Jerry Brown signs into law a policy to increase ethics and tax agencies' audit power.
April 4, 2014

Florida Legislature Considers Expanding Controversial 'Stand Your Ground' Law

Lawmakers approve "warning shots" bill.
April 4, 2014

Leaders of Problematic State Exchanges Not Looking for Bailout

Pressed by Republican House members, directors of troubled state insurance exchanges said Thursday that they could fix continuing Obamacare glitches with grant money they have already received and would not ask for federal bailouts.
April 3, 2014

Snohomish County Officials Thought of Buying Out Homeowners at Mudslide Site

Concerned that a landslide there could "threaten life and property," the county considered buying up the properties and emptying much of the Steelhead Haven neighborhood, and then decided not to.
April 3, 2014

New Jersey's New Drug to Counteract Heroin Overdoses

Some N.J. police to will begin to use a drug, Narcan, to combat heroin ODs.
April 3, 2014

Despite Bankruptcy, Detroit Gets Another Loan to Fund City Services

A bankruptcy judge has allowed a $120-million loan to fund Detroit public services.
April 2, 2014

That Long, Snowy Winter? That's Going to Be Trouble for the Great Lakes.

The brutal winter will lead to a rise in Great Lakes' levels.
April 2, 2014

Wisconsin Senate Passes Bill to Require Insurers to Cover Oral Chemotherapy

The state Senate passes chemotherapy and cannabis oil bills amid a hectic final day of work.
April 1, 2014

Chicago's Mayor Has a Tough Plan to Fix the City's Pension System

Rahm Emanuel would hike property taxes and cut pension benefits.
April 1, 2014

Georgia Governor Avoids Testifying in Whistleblower Lawsuit

A judge says Nathan Deal doesn't need to take the stand in an ethics case brought by a former state employee.
April 1, 2014

Detroit's New Bankruptcy Plan Proposes Lower Pension, Creditor Payouts

The City of Detroit on Monday proposed slightly lower payouts for some pensioners and unsecured bondholders as feverish negotiations continue in the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history.
March 31, 2014

Why'd the Mudslide Happen? Maybe the Wrong Kind of Logging.

Washington state used outdated data to allow logging on the Snohomish County slope.
March 31, 2014

No More Life Sentences for Child Criminals in Washington State

Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill prohibiting life sentences without parole for killers younger than 16.
March 31, 2014

Governor of West Virginia Vetoes Abortion Restriction BIll

Earl Ray Tomblin vetoes legislation that would have enacted a 20-week abortion ban, saying the bill is unconstitutional.
March 31, 2014

Georgia Wastes Almost $140 Million a Year in Overpayments to Food Stamp Recipients

The state spends millions extra through food stamp errors.
March 31, 2014

States Consider Suing over Troubled Health Exchanges

Officials in Oregon, Massachusetts and Maryland are exploring legal options as they sever contracts with those who created their sites.
March 28, 2014

Michigan's Gay Marriages Will Be Recognized

The U.S. recognizes Michigan same-sex marriages performed Saturday before a federal appeals court put a stay on such ceremonies in the state, Attorney General Eric Holder said.
March 28, 2014

Energy-Saving Program to Come to an End in Indiana

A 2-year-old program designed to cut energy consumption in Indiana homes, schools and businesses will end Dec. 31 without Gov. Mike Pence's signature.
March 27, 2014

6 Million Signups: Obamacare Enrollments Made a Strong Comeback

More than 6 million Americans have signed up for health insurance, Obama says.
March 27, 2014

Judge Rules There's a Constitutional Problem with Okla. Death Penalty Policy

An Oklahoma County District judge ruled Wednesday a state law allowing the Department of Corrections to keep its source of lethal injection drugs secret is unconstitutional.
March 27, 2014

NLRB: Northwestern Football Players Are Employees, Can Organize

Northwestern ruling could "rattle the universe of universities."
March 26, 2014

California State Senator Indicted for Public Corruption in Major FBI Operation

Leland Yee has been arrested on bribery and corruption charges.
March 26, 2014

Banks Are Making Millions Off California Welfare Recipients

Banks profit from ATM fees paid by California welfare recipients to access taxpayer-funded benefits.
March 26, 2014

David Beckham, Stadium Lobbyist

Soccer star David Beckham traveled to Tallahassee, Fla., seeking subsidies for the soccer stadium he wants in downtown Miami.
March 26, 2014

California Governor Appoints a Journalist to Be the State Librarian

Jerry Brown's state librarian appointment isn't by the book.
March 26, 2014

California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Unveiled His Jobs Plan, Calls for More Corporate Tax Breaks

Neel Kashkari unveils a jobs plan that he says would 'unleash' the private sector.
March 26, 2014

Federal Court Extends Michigan's Freeze on Gay Marriage

The nearly 300 same-sex Michigan couples who got married last weekend will face a longer wait to learn whether their vows will be legally valid.
March 25, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Lowers Taxes for the Third Time in Less Than a Year

Scott Walker signs $541 million tax cut legislation.
March 25, 2014

Why Alabama’s Child Welfare System Is Among the Nation's Best

How other states can learn lessons from Alabama.
March 25, 2014

California to Send Voter Registration Cards to Obamacare Applicants

Under a deal announced Monday by several voting-rights groups, the state will send voter registration cards to nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
March 25, 2014

Detroit Seeking Municipal Finance Expert to Assess Bankruptcy Exit Plan

Detroit bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes is seeking an expert witness to assess the feasibility of the city’s proposed restructuring plan.
March 24, 2014

Why the Koch Brothers' Group Is Backing a Candidate in Northern Wisconsin

Americans for Prosperity enters the Iron County races over a proposed iron ore mine.
March 24, 2014

California GOP Gubernatorial Candidate Glenn Champ Is a Registered Sex Offender

The political novice spent more than a decade in state prison, convicted of crimes including manslaughter and assault with intent to commit rape.
March 21, 2014

California's Attorney General Takes on International Organized Crime

Kamala Harris understands her state's size, transportation infrastructure and proximity to Latin America makes it an attractive hub for crime networks.
March 21, 2014

The Los Angeles Fire Department's Recruiting Process Has Some Big Problems

Mayor Eric Garcetti calls the process 'fatally flawed' and acts amid concerns over nepotism and mismanagement.
March 21, 2014

Florida House: Undocumented Students Can Pay In-State Tution

The state house approves lower fees for undocumented students.
March 20, 2014

Georgia Governor Tries to Keep Rural Hospitals Open

Nathan Deal endorses plan aimed at keeping more rural hospitals open by having them deliver fewer services.
March 20, 2014

New Mexico's Governor Wants to End Automatic Collection of Union Dues

Gov. Susana Martinez's wants to stop allowing union dues to be withdrawn automatically from state employee paychecks.
March 20, 2014

Carson, Calif., Says No to Fracking

Carson is the first city in California to ban all oil drilling, even temporarily, officials say.
March 19, 2014

Not All of California Is Dry

Abundant water in California's Imperial Valley belies the drought.
March 19, 2014

As Death Penalty Wanes in U.S., Florida Executes Even More Killers

At a time when other states are curtailing or outlawing executions, Florida is bucking the trend.
March 19, 2014

Illinois Governor's Race to Be Big on Populism

The fall campaign for Illinois governor between Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner will feature dueling brands of populism, campaign bankrolls in the tens of millions of dollars and plenty of scorched-earth attacks from groups with a vested interest in the high-stakes race.
March 19, 2014

Michigan May Pilot Pay It Forward Plan to Make College 'Free'

The latest, greatest idea for making a college education affordable sounds simple enough — students can attend school for free.
March 18, 2014

It's Pretty Hard for Cities to Raise Money for Political Conventions

After the GOP's ordeal with the Tampa convention, cash is king.
March 18, 2014

The First City to Limit the Number of Ride-Sharing Drivers

Seattle Monday became the first city in the country to limit drivers for Lyft, uberX and Sidecar, in what will eventually be an overhaul of all of the city’s ride-service rules.
March 17, 2014

How 7 Idaho Lawmakers Can Serve without Ever Being Elected or Appointed

Idaho's unique substitute law lets pretty much anyone take over if needed.
March 17, 2014

It's OK to Do Government Research on Marijuana Again

The Drug Enforcement Administration may approve research to study whether pot can help veterans cope with post-traumatic stress.
March 14, 2014

What's Wrong with Illinois School Finances?

The number of school districts in financial distress has doubled since 2012
March 14, 2014

Minnesota Governor's Impromptu Meeting with Medical Marijuana Advocates Yields New Hope

Recovering from hip surgery, Mark Dayton meets with 11 activists at the Governor's Mansion.
March 14, 2014

One Democrat Withdraws from the Race for Pennsylvania Governor

Former Utility Commissioner John Hanger says he has "no path to victory."
March 13, 2014

Michigan to Spend Millions to Fix Roads

Lawmakers approve $215 million bill to repair roads damaged this winter.
March 13, 2014

Detroit's Retiree Committee to Be Protected from Lawsuits in Bankruptcy Case

The 9-member retiree committee is safe if any of the 23,500 city retirees try to sue the members individually.
March 13, 2014

Idaho Governor Signs Bill to Allow Guns on College Campuses

Under the new law, anyone with the state's concealed weapons permit could bring firearms onto Idaho campuses, where they're now banned.
March 12, 2014

How Pot Could Win in Florida

Medical marijuana is popular, but the governor's reelection campaign will also reduce ad space available for anti-drug crusaders.
March 12, 2014

Why the California Drought Is Going to Be Very Expensive for America

The drought will drive up food prices for everyone in the long term.
March 12, 2014

Rails-to-Trails Ruling Could Cost Local Governments

The Supreme Court dealt a setback Monday to the popular redevelopment trend of transforming abandoned railroad lines into public bike paths, ruling that buyers of such lands are not required to continue granting a federal right of way.
March 12, 2014

Florida Proposes Ways to Prevent More Child Deaths

After a year of damaging news reports about child deaths from abuse and neglect, a Florida Senate committee on Tuesday passed a package of proposals intended improve the quality and quantity of regulation over the state’s child welfare system.
March 11, 2014

Why Some Poor People Have Better Health Outcomes Than Others

A community makes a difference in providing effective health care.
March 11, 2014

California Lawmakers Introduce Anti-Truancy Bills

The attorney general and several legislators are seeking action against truancy in schools.
March 11, 2014

Los Angeles Cracks Down on Pot

More than 100 marijuana shops shut down, the city attorney says.
March 10, 2014

GOP Wonders if Iowa Is Too Important in the Presidential Race

For Republicans, it's troubling that the last two Iowa caucus winners were favorites of Christian conservatives but couldn't win the party's nomination.
March 10, 2014

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Will Audit Maryland's Health Exchange

Why did Maryland have one of the worst roll outs in the country?
March 10, 2014

Los Angeles Considers Which Inmates to Release Early

Sheriff's officials plan to propose a "risk-based" system that supporters say would help select jail inmates for early release who are less likely to commit new crimes.
March 10, 2014

New York Gives Legal Counsel to Undocumented Immigrants

In immigration court, there is generally no right to free legal counsel and many immigrants represent themselves.
March 10, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Orders More Money for Poor Schools

The high court ruled that cuts in education funding since 2010 led to an unconstitutionally imbalanced playing field between rich and poor schools.
March 7, 2014

Florida Supreme Court: Undocumented Immigrants Cannot Be Admitted to the Bar

The justices wrote that the Legislature should fix the law.
March 6, 2014

Pennsylvania Governor Surprises Critics by Preventing Cuts in Food Stamps

In surprising move, Tom Corbett became the first Republican governor in the country to prevent food stamp cuts ordered by Congress.
March 6, 2014

Florida Governor Talks Politics in State of State Speech

Gov. Rick Scott says his predecessor, and likely opponent in the next election, left the state in a "terrible mess."
March 5, 2014

Despite Democratic Opposition, Wisconsin Gets Another Tax Cut

Gov. Scott Walker's tax cut plan passes in the Senate and is likely to become law.
March 5, 2014

Los Angeles Enacts Strict Restrictions on E-Cigarettes

The city bans e-cigarettes in parks, restaurants and workplaces.
March 4, 2014

Governor of Kentucky to Appeal Ruling on Recognition of Same-Sex Marriages

Steve Beshear said he will fight a judgement that requires the state to honor out-of-state same-sex marriages, though he'll have to find someone other than his attorney general to represent the state.
March 4, 2014

The Corruption Problem with California Democrats

Scandals cost the state's Democrats supermajority control of the California Senate.
March 4, 2014

Detroit Proposes $85 Million Settlement to Pay Off a Controversial Debt Deal

Detroit reaches a deal in a debt swaps settlement with banks, which could save taxpayers millions.
March 3, 2014

California Police Chiefs Support Pot Regulation for First Time

Expressing alarm over the changing "marijuana arena," the League of California Cities and the California Police Chiefs Association announced Feb. 21 that they are dropping their policy of "unconditional opposition" to laws sanctioning marijuana businesses in California
March 3, 2014

Feds Fine Florida for Illegally Limiting ER Visits

Florida has been limiting Medicaid patients to six emergency room visits a year even though federal officials consider such a cap illegal.
March 3, 2014

Los Angeles May Ban Fracking

The City Council takes a step toward a ban on fracking.
February 28, 2014

Jerry Brown: Make Polluters Fund High-Speed Rail Project

The California governor wants the fees paid under the state's greenhouse gas reduction program to help fund high-speed trains.
February 28, 2014

Mike Duggan Says Big Change Can Come to Detroit

The mayor promises better parks, cheaper insurance in his State of the City speech: "The change in Detroit is real," he says.
February 28, 2014

Philadelphia School District Has a Lot of Real Estate to Unload

The city school district has deals to sell several schools.
February 28, 2014

Everyone Loves Preschool. Paying for It Is the Problem.

Elected officials embrace preschool, but finding funding Is the catch.
February 26, 2014

The Expulsion Rate at Chicago Charter Schools Is Really High

During the last school year, 307 students were kicked out of charter schools, which have a total enrollment of about 50,000. In regular public school schools, there were 182 kids expelled out of a student body of more than 353,000.
February 26, 2014

Philadelphia City Workers Get Closer to a Contract, Finally

After 5 years, Mayor Michael Nutter gets a union contract.
February 25, 2014

Maryland Fires Company It Hired to Create the State’s Online Health Exchange

After a botched rollout, the state will end its contract with Noridian Healthcare Solutions.
February 25, 2014

Obama Administration Proposes New Funding Plan for Fighting Wildfires

Earlier this week Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber met with President Obama on wildfire funding, drought and climate change. The Obama administration wants to change how it pays for firefighting in the United States.
February 25, 2014

Drought (and an FBI Investigation) Settled a Longtime Feud Between Los Angeles County Water Districts

How the Central Basin Water District and the Water Replenishment District reached a truce.
February 24, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Had Supporters Leave Positive Comments About Him on Online Articles

Scott Walker urged county staff, campaign aides to promote him online during 2010 governor's race.
February 24, 2014

Why Is Los Angeles Closing Its Libraries?

Many L.A. Unified school libraries, lacking staff, are forced to shut.
February 24, 2014

Can Textbooks Say "Sea of Japan" Anymore?

U.S. textbooks, and state governors, are pulled into international clash over what to call the body of water between Japan and the Korean peninsula.
February 21, 2014

Judge: Minnesota Sex Offender Program Is "Clearly Broken," Needs Immediate Reform

U.S. District Court Judge Donovan Frank questions the constitutionality of the state's policy on sex-offenders, which critics attack for confining people indefinitely in prisonlike treatment centers.
February 21, 2014

Michigan Attorney General Joins a Federal Lawsuit That Could Gut Obamacare

Bill Schuette backs a lawsuit that would remove tax credits for health coverage.
February 21, 2014

Joe Paterno's Son to Run for Lieutenant Governor of Pennsylvania

Jay Paterno will seek the Democratic nomination in the primary election.
February 21, 2014

New Texas Anti-Abortion Law Claims First Victim in Houston

Texas punishes its first clinic and doctor under a new abortion law.
February 20, 2014

Should Restaurants Post Health Ratings on Their Doors?

Milwaukee may begin forcing restaurants to post inspection grades right in front of the establishments.
February 20, 2014

Jerry Brown Proposes $687.4 Million to Fight Drought

California leaders propose drought relief funding plan.
February 19, 2014

Gavin Newsom Has a Challenger for Lieutenant Governor of California

The former state Republican Party chairman, Ron Nehring, has announced plans to run for the office.
February 19, 2014

Minnestoa Police Groups Sue NFL, Want to Bring Guns Into Stadiums When Off Duty

The cops argue the league's guns ban violates state law and is unenforceable.
February 19, 2014

Florida Approves Revisions to Common Core Education Standards

The State Education Board approved several Common Core tweaks during a heated meeting.
February 18, 2014

When Sewage and Pollutants Get in the Water, North Carolina Waits to Let People Know

When spills flow into state rivers, how soon does the public need to be informed?
February 18, 2014

How to Run One of America's Most Dysfunctional Communities

In Columbus, N.M., small-town politics are magnified by huge gun scandal.
February 18, 2014

American Indians Versus the Pipeline

Native Americans vow a last stand to block the Keystone XL pipeline.
February 18, 2014

Is a Georgia Law Keeping the Makers and Suppliers of Lethal-Injection Drugs Secret Constitutional?

The state's lethal-injection secrecy law is challenged by a death row inmate.
February 18, 2014

Cheating Atlanta Teachers Get to Keep Pensions

By pleading guilty, Atlanta educators who admitted cheating on standardized tests got to avoid jail. They also got to avoid a law meant to punish government employees who commit crimes on the job.
February 18, 2014

Pot Legalization Not Going on California Ballot Until 2016

A national drug reform coalition decides not to put an initiative before voters yet, saying it needs more money and time.
February 14, 2014

Judge Throws Out Case of Psychiatric Patients Bused to Other States to Save Money

A federal judge dismisses a Nevada "patient dumping" lawsuit.
February 14, 2014

Should We Have Warning Labels on Soda?

A bill would make California the first state to require warning labels on sugary drinks, similar to those on cigarette packs
February 13, 2014

California's Fabulous Forensic Females

How did the Torrance, California police department get an all-female forensics unit?
February 13, 2014

Governor of North Carolina Tells Citizens to Stay Off the Roads

"Respect Mother Nature," Pat McCrory says.
February 13, 2014

Atlanta's Leaders Hope to Make Ice Storm Less Awful This Time Around

Nathan Deal, Kasim Reed embark on a storm and political recovery.
February 12, 2014

Drought Is Big Problem for California Fishing

Low rainfall is blocking passages to the sea for California's coho salmon.
February 12, 2014

Eagle Mountain: How a Sleepy Utah Town Developed Big City Problems

A small-town mayor deals with big-city crime.
February 12, 2014

Another Ice Storm Hits the South

A fierce ice storm paralyzes the South; tens of thousands lose power.
February 12, 2014

Yes, Chris Christie's Campaign Can Raise Money to Pay His Legal Bills

A New Jersey elections panel voted Tuesday to allow Gov. Christie's reelection campaign to use money remaining in its account to raise funds to pay the governor's legal fees.
February 11, 2014

Detroit Public Schools Give Students Stuff to Show Up for Enrollment Counting

DPS offers incentives to make sure students show up for count day.
February 10, 2014

Federal Programs to Improve Marriage Don't Work

An $800-million initiative does not seem to have changed marriage or divorce rates, raising question of whether it should continue.
February 7, 2014

California Community College Charges Different Prices for Different Classes

Long Beach City College is experimenting with tiered pricing.
February 7, 2014

New York City Has a New Traffic Problem: Jaywalking

New York is cracking down on jaywalking after pedestrian deaths.
February 7, 2014

What If Phones Stopped Working When Stolen?

Some California lawmakers want a cell phone "kill switch."
February 6, 2014

New Jersey Governor Doesn't Remember Bill He Signed

Chris Christie seemed unaware he signed Camden eminent domain bill.
February 6, 2014

Many Communities Are Suffering Due to Rock Salt Shortage

Amid a particularly harsh winter in much of the country, many communities are running low on salt, which helps make frozen roads safer.
February 5, 2014

Eager to Avoid Further Criticism, Georgia Governor Creates Weather Task Force

Nathan Deal names group to examine state's storm preparedness.
February 5, 2014

Controversial Maine Governor Touches on Welfare, Unions, Drugs in Annual Address

Before a chamber filled with Democratic and Republicans lawmakers who only hours earlier were calling each other liars, Gov. Paul LePage delivered his third State of the State address Tuesday evening by highlighting his biggest policy achievements and then pledging additional reforms.
February 5, 2014

Dems Say Pennsylvania Governor's Proposals Rely Too Much on One-Time Revenue

Gov. Tom Corbett on Tuesday presented a $29.4 billion state budget to a joint session of the General Assembly, saying it does not raise taxes, invests more than $240 million more in block grants for public schools and boosts funding for special education and early childhood education.
February 4, 2014

It May Be in Alaska, But the Town Still Wasn't Expecting an Avalanche

Valdez, no stranger to disaster, sees a recent avalanche as a wonder.
February 4, 2014

Michigan Governor Announces Reelection Bid, Despite Controversies

An unusual Super Bowl ad floats Rick Snyder as the "comeback kid."
February 4, 2014

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin Asks Most Agencies to Cut Budgets to Pay for Tax Cuts

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Monday called on the Legislature to cut the state's highest income tax rate by 0.25 percent and recommended that lawmakers cut most state agencies' budgets by 5 percent to help pay for it.
February 4, 2014

Minnesota's Health Insurance Marketplace Has Some Big Call Center Problems

The state's citizens are scolding MNsure for waiting too long to fix call center glitches.
February 4, 2014

After 6 Years, Florida Might Finally Have a Health Insurance Exchange

Florida Health Choices at last gets ready to launch.
February 4, 2014

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam Proposes Free Community College in Annual Address

All Tennessee high school graduates could attend two years at a community college free under a proposal presented to the Legislature on Monday by Gov. Bill Haslam in his fourth annual State of the State address.
February 3, 2014

Albuquerque's Complicated Crystal Meth Problem : That TV Show

Months after finale, 'Breaking Bad' is still cooking in Albuquerque.
February 3, 2014

The New California Politics: Races Between Democrats

More California campaigns pit Democrats against each other.
February 3, 2014

New York City Now Worried About Jaywalkers

The Big Apple cracks down on jaywalking after pedestrian deaths.
January 31, 2014

Finding Fraud, Feds Ban Home Health Agencies in South Florida

The federal government continues a ban on new home health agencies in Miami-Dade, extends the ban it to Broward County.
January 30, 2014

Has New Orleans Improved Enough to Get the Mayor Reelected?

Mitch Landrieu faces tough re-election race despite the city's strides.
January 30, 2014

New York's Big Problem: the Worst Airport in America

Dirty, old, and inconvenient, New York's LaGuardia Airport faces a tough slog.
January 30, 2014

Pittsburgh's Heroin McDonald's

A Pennsylvania McDonald's employee is accused of selling heroin in Happy Meal boxes.
January 30, 2014

Minnesota Legislators Challenge State Welfare Drug Tests

Legislators propose overturning a law requiring counties to conduct random drug tests of welfare recipients who have been convicted of a drug felony in the past 10 years.
January 30, 2014

Where'd All the California Republicans All Go?

GOP candidates are scarce in 2014 statewide races.
January 30, 2014

Illinois Governor Calls for Wage Hike, Paid Sick Time in State of the State

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn today used his election-year "State of the State" speech to make the case that, far from being the flailing chief executive portrayed in brutal poll numbers, he has in fact brought Illinois back from the brink of corruption and fiscal catastrophe.
January 29, 2014

Miami to Open a Public Boarding School

This summer students will begin attending the SEED School of Miami, Florida's first residential public school.
January 29, 2014

Snowstorm Freezes Atlanta, Strands Students and Drivers

Gov. Nathan Deal and Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, political partners who have helped shape the state's agenda, sought to calm infuriated residents as they confronted a snowstorm that brought metro Atlanta to a standstill and laid bare flaws in the government's response.
January 29, 2014

In Final State of the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Gov. Patrick Touts Legacy

Gov. Deval Patrick used his swan song State of the Commonwealth address to trump up his accomplishments -- and briefly address the glaring issues that have rocked his administration in recent months -- in a speech observers say smacked of his lame-duck status.
January 28, 2014

California's Great Big Water Problem

The California drought will soon expose the geographic, political, personal and institutional divisions that complicate meaningful congressional action.
January 28, 2014

Kansas Has a Lot More Earthquakes. Is that Because of Fracking?

Kansas residents and scientists are noting an increase in earthquakes and wondering if fracking is the cause.
January 28, 2014

Varsity Football Players Organize

Northwestern football players are seeking to join a labor union.
January 28, 2014

When a Town Dies

A Texas town is fading away, in stages.
January 27, 2014

Railroad Freight Safety Has Been a Problem for a Long Time

Railroad tank-car safety woes date for decades before crude oil concerns.
January 23, 2014

Mississippi Governor Focuses on Teacher Pay in State of the State

Gov. Phil Bryant reiterated his support of a merit-based pay increase for teachers Wednesday during his annual State of the State speech.
January 23, 2014

Wisconsin Governor Unveils Tax Cut Package in State of the State

Gov. Scott Walker used his election-year State of the State address Wednesday to rally support for his plans to use the majority of Wisconsin's $912 million in unexpected revenue for tax cuts.
January 23, 2014

South Carolina Governor Spotlights Education in State of the State

Gov. Nikki Haley put education at the forefront of her State of the State address Wednesday, calling for lawmakers to reshape classrooms in poorer areas of South Carolina.
January 22, 2014

Michigan Governor's $350M Pledge to Save Detroit's Art, Pensions 'Not a Bailout'

Rick Snyder proposes $350M to prop up Detroit pensions and the city's art collection.
January 22, 2014

Missouri Governor Urges Lawmakers to Pump Money into Education During State Address

Gov. Jay Nixon implored lawmakers Tuesday to pump nearly $500 million in additional funding into education, from preschool all the way up to the Missouri's colleges and universities.
January 22, 2014

New Mexico Governor Focuses on Jobs, Education in State of the State

Gov. Susana Martinez called on New Mexico lawmakers to focus largely on job creation and education during the 30-day legislative session that began Tuesday, but Democrats responded warily and blasted the governor for having what they described as a politically driven election year agenda.
January 20, 2014

Atlanta, the Day After

Across the snow-struck region, motorists reclaim abandoned cars.
January 15, 2014

Georgia Governor Proposes 80% of New Spending Go to Schools in State of the State Speech

Nathan Deal Proposes a $547 million increase in state education spending, while also promising to keep Georgia's tax burden low.
January 15, 2014

Alabama Governor Defends Medicaid Stance in State of the State

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley defended his decision not to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act Tuesday in an election-year State of the State address
December 16, 2013

Arizonans Work to Address Border Problems

Arizona border residents join together to tackle migrant aid issues.
December 13, 2013

Why Wisconsin Doesn't Know Much When its Police Officers Die in the Line of Duty

Wisconsin lawmakers urged to require outside agencies to probe officer-involved deaths
December 11, 2013

Fire Shuts Down Arkansas Nuclear Power Plant

Arkansas Nuclear One plant shuts down unit after transformer fire.
November 27, 2013

Illinois Has a Deal to End State Pension Crisis

Lawmakers reach an agreement on pension problem.
November 13, 2013

Charlie Crist Hires Obama's Campaign Staff

The former Republican's team for his race for Florida governor looks a lot like President Obama's campaign staff in the state.
November 13, 2013

More Governments Banning the Criminal History Box from Job Apps

A growing number of state and local governments are doing what most federal agencies already do and eliminating the criminal history box from public-sector job applications.
November 12, 2013

School Tests Gunshot Detection Software

An Oakland, Calif., charter school will be among the first in the U.S. to use the new technology.
October 29, 2013

Are Anti-Bullying Efforts Making Things Worse?

2 suicides raise worries about schools showing anti-bullying videos
October 28, 2013

The First House Republican Joins Democrats in Co-Sponsoring a Broad Immigration Reform Bill

California Rep. Denham backs immigration overhaul bill
October 24, 2013

What the Government Shutdown Did to Towns around Yosemite National Park

Near Yosemite, residents wonder if shutdown was the real scorched earth.
October 24, 2013

Maryland Judge Really Has a Way with Words

Maryland Court of Appeals Judge Robert McDonald gets creative with opinions.
October 18, 2013

Is the Runway at LAX Falling Apart?

A lawsuit contends that Los Angeles' $250 million runway has structural problems that could disrupt future flight operations at the nation's third-busiest airport.
October 16, 2013

Many States Not Enacting Immigration Laws

After a flurry of local activism in recent years — much of it inspired by Arizona's controversial enforcement law — lawmakers are waiting on the federal government to take the lead.
October 15, 2013

Secession Brews in Northern California

The 'State of Jefferson,' a succession moment with historic grievances.
October 14, 2013

Gabrielle Giffords Goes to Gun Show

Gabrielle Giffords made her first visit to a gun show since she was shot in 2011, attending a New York event to highlight the state's aggressive gun control policy.
October 10, 2013

Kwame Kilpatrick Sentenced to 28 Years in Prison

The former mayor of Detroit was sentenced today after being convicted for public corruption.
October 10, 2013

Time to Dismantle the Hollywood Sign?

Hollywood's iconic landmark is also its biggest headache.
October 10, 2013

Wendy Davis Tries ‘No Label’ Strategy in Texas Governor Run

Wendy Davis has a new campaign video out. It doesn't mention she's a Democrat.
October 1, 2013

California Legalizes Pot's Cousin Hemp -- But Only If Feds Do

California farmers could be growing industrial hemp -- not marijuana, mind you -- by spring after Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that would permit California farmers to grow the long-banned distant cousin of the trippy herb. But only if the federal government lifts its hemp cultivation ban.
August 27, 2013

Illinois Becomes 17th State to Expand Recording of Police Interrogations

Illinois police will have to record interrogations of people suspected in any of eight violent felonies under legislation Gov. Pat Quinn signed Monday that aims to prevent false confessions and wrongful convictions.
July 25, 2013

HHS Officials Urge Florida to Reconsider Medicaid Expansion

Officials with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services held a conference call with reporters to reiterate the economic and social benefits of expanding the healthcare safety net for the Florida's poorest residents, in an effort to convince lawmakers to reconsider Medicaid expansion.
July 24, 2013

Study Shows Urban Areas Are Actually Safer Than Rural Ones

Even though cities have higher rates of crime and murder, a new study finds that overall, urban areas are safer than the sticks. However, that doesn't apply to every American city.
July 23, 2013

Wisconsin Enacts Legislation Targeting Food Stamp Trafficking

More kinds of food stamp fraud would be explicitly subject to state sanctions, under a bill signed privately Monday at the state Capitol by Gov. Scott Walker. It was passed in the legislature with broad bipartisan support.