The number of states that require high school students to take a CPR training course in order to graduate. North Carolina is already one of these states, but Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to sign a bill that enforces the requirement.
Source: New York Times | The South |
July 24, 2012
The number of municipalities in the South that have enacted smoking bans in bars, restaurants or workplaces in recent years. Last week, Atlanta became the largest city in the South to ban smoking in public parks.
Source: Wall Street Journal | Lowell, Mass. |
July 19, 2012
The age that teenagers in Lowell, Mass., would be able to vote in municipal elections if a bill passes the state Legislature. If signed into law, Lowell would be the nation's first city to allow under-18 residents to vote in local elections.
The amount of money that 43 states will share from the nation's largest health-care fraud settlement. Drug maker GlaxoSmithKline will pay the federal and state governments to resolve charges of illegally marketing certain prescription drugs and overcharging publicly funded programs.
The amount spent annually to impound, shelter, euthanize and dispose of homeless animals. Pittsburgh has begun to shift funds away from impounding and euthanizing cats and dogs toward a free spaying and neutering program.