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Days after Flint Mayor Karen Weaver served notice that her city might file a lawsuit against the State of Michigan over the Flint drinking water crisis, the state removed Flint's ability to sue. Continue reading.
To prepare for asking her boss for a raise, a woman might want to try negotiating for a free breakfast each time she stays at a hotel.  Practicing negotiation skills like this could help women navigate high-stakes requests at work, where they are less likely than men to request raises or promotions and are more often turned down when they do, said Megan Costello, director of Boston’s Office of Women’s Advancement. Continue reading.
The Virginia Supreme Court denied a motion by Virginia Republicans which attempted to prevent the governor from restoring the rights of felons who have served their time. Continue reading.
Depending on whom you ask, Vermont has either struck a life-threatening blow to solar adoption in the state or thrown it a critical lifeline. In late June, the Public Service Board announced a plan to rework its solar incentives. Under the new regulations, consumers who generate solar energy may be paid less and, in some cases, charged more. Continue reading.
Websites take minutes to load and photos take hours to upload at Ryan Davis’ home in the small southern Tennessee city of Dayton. If Davis gets in his car and drives about half an hour south to Chattanooga, though, everything takes under a second. Continue reading.
Officials from 21 U.S. states on Tuesday filed a lawsuit claiming an Obama administration rule to extend mandatory overtime pay to more than 4 million workers will place a heavy burden on state budgets. Hours after the states announced their lawsuit, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups filed a separate challenge to the rule in the same federal court in Sherman, Texas.  Continue reading.
A divided U.S. Supreme Court refused Wednesday to reinstate North Carolina's voter identification requirement and keep just 10 days of early in-person voting.  The decision — a victory for voting rights groups and President Barack Obama's Justice Department — means voters won't have to show one of several qualifying photo IDs when casting ballots in the presidential battleground state. Early voting also reverts to 17 days, to begin Oct. 20. Continue reading.
A new Illinois law aims to help drivers answer the timely question of what to do if stopped by police.  The measure comes amid heightened tension in Chicago and across the nation over how traffic stops can go terribly wrong — and in the worst cases turn deadly.  Continue reading.
In most of America, lower-income people who have been arrested and can't afford bail sit in jail for weeks, months or even years before seeing a judge and possibly being convicted of a crime. In New Mexico, voters will decide in November whether that practice should essentially be a crime itself. Continue reading.
School administrators this year are being pushed to get better at recognizing homeless students — those "hidden" in other people's homes or whose families are staying in places like campgrounds, motels and cars — and to keep them in school even if they're missing paperwork or move around. Continue reading.

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