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The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is concerned about his “record of hostility” toward the Voting Rights Act and the enforcement of civil rights. Continue reading.
When she was 12, Logan began having suicidal thoughts. She started cutting herself and withdrew from her friends. She went from being a straight-A student to a failing one, and had to give up a coveted spot at her magnet school in Tennessee. Continue reading.
After President Trump signed executive orders last week to ramp up immigration enforcement, Democratic members of the state Senate on Tuesday made good on their promise to speed up legislation meant to strengthen protections for immigrants and religious minorities in California. Continue reading.
Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan on Tuesday announced new measures aimed at addressing the state’s growing opioid epidemic, including proposals to limit prescriptions for pain medications and increase prison terms for drug dealers convicted of distributing opioids that result in lethal overdoses.Continue reading.
The battle to legally grow, sell, buy and smoke pot in California has been a long one.  Voters in the state ushered in medical marijuana 20 years ago, but took until last fall to approve a plan to legalize and regulate recreational marijuana. Continue reading.
In Wyoming, Republican Gov. Matt Mead is counting on a state-funded research center set to open this year to find a way to produce energy from coal without releasing carbon dioxide into the environment. In Kansas, Republican Gov. Sam Brownback is eyeing new wind farms to bring jobs and economic growth. Continue reading.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Union Membership Hits New Low

Fewer American workers belong to labor unions than at any time since the government began tracking membership, according to a new report released Thursday.  The Bureau of Labor Statistics said just 10.7 percent of American workers were members of labor unions in 2016, down from 11.1 percent the previous year, and down from 20.1 percent in 1983, the first year the bureau collected union statistics. Continue reading.
The City of Detroit is weighing in on a high-profile literacy lawsuit that accuses state officials of denying Detroit students access to literacy.  Eli Savit, an attorney representing the city, filed an amicus brief today in U.S. District Court in Detroit that argues access to literacy is a fundamental right. It asks Judge Stephen J. Murphy III to shoot down the state's request to dismiss the case. Continue reading.
Philadelphia is the first city in the nation that prohibits employers from asking about a job applicant's prior earnings.  Mayor Kenney signed the Wage Equity Law on Monday, after City Solicitor Sozi Tulante issued an 11-page opinion arguing for the legality of the ban. The law was created to bridge the gender pay gap. Continue reading.
On President Barack Obama's last full day in office, the U.S. Department of Transportation said it would conduct a sweeping review of Maryland's transportation policies to determine whether they violate federal civil rights rules. Continue reading.

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