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Amid President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of massive voter fraud in the 2016 election, bills have been introduced in at least 20 states that would make it more difficult for many people to vote. In some states, such as Texas and Arkansas, lawmakers are responding to court rulings that struck down or scaled back earlier attempts to restrict voting. Continue reading.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Wednesday escalated his administration’s response to the opioid-addiction crisis, declaring a state of emergency and committing an additional $50 million over the next five years to beef up enforcement, prevention and treatment services. Continue reading.
Twelve years ago, Katrina Thomas served six months in prison, thinking she would never be able to vote again because of a felony conviction.  She found out when she was released that the Legislature had passed a bill in 2005, the year she entered prison, that allowed her to vote two years after her sentence was complete. Continue reading.
Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed into law a new program providing two years of tuition and fees at an Arkansas community or technical college for students enrolling in high-demand fields of study. Continue reading.
The Kansas Supreme Court on Thursday declared that funding for public schools in the state is unconstitutionally low, and it gave the Legislature until June 30 to come up with a response, setting up another possibility that it could order the closing of public schools if lawmakers fail to come up with a satisfactory solution. Continue reading.
Nearly 56,000 bridges nationwide, which vehicles cross 185 million times a day, are structurally deficient, a bridge construction group announced Wednesday. The American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) list of 55,710 deficient bridges includes high-profile spans such as Throgs Neck in New York, Yankee Doodle in Connecticut and Memorial Bridge in Washington, D.C. Continue reading.
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Indiana to Form Internet of Things Lab

From self-driving vehicles to Internet-connected Crock-pots, Fishers, Ind., hopes to be the next hub for the Internet of Things (IoT), as shown by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness' joint announcement of the Indiana Internet of Things Lab-Fishers. Continue reading.
As more and more Americans hold nontraditional jobs that don’t have benefits attached — think freelance graphic designers or Uber drivers — cities and states are exploring ways to ensure those workers still have access to workers’ compensation, unemployment insurance, and other support such as help paying for health insurance. Continue reading.
In a moment he described as “historic,” Gov. Chris Christie on Wednesday signed a sweeping piece of legislation that mandates insurance coverage for up to six months of substance abuse treatment, imposes the nation’s strongest limit on initial opioid drug prescriptions and requires education for patients and doctors about the risks associated with the drugs. Continue reading.
New York State has finalized regulations that will require banks and insurers to meet minimum cyber-security standards. The standards include reporting breaches to regulators - part of a concentrated drive to beat back increased cyber crime and keep damage to consumers at a minimum. Continue reading.
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