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The state of Ohio plans to resume executions in 2017 with a new three-drug combination.   The state will use the drugs midazolam, rocuronium bromide and potassium chloride. To make the switch the state is expected to adopt new execution protocol by the end of the week. Continue reading.
In a 2-1 decision, the appeals court reversed the lower court's ruling, sending the case back for remedy, CNN reported.  According to the ruling, the purge would affect thousands of Ohio voters who don't vote regularly "even if he or she did not move and otherwise remains eligible to vote." Continue reading.
Constance Todd, 70 years old and a diligent voter in elections local and national, did not know what to make of the letter she got from the local registrar this month.  “You have been convicted of a felony involving moral turpitude,” it read, apparently referring to a conviction for a series of bad checks from 20 years ago, “which disqualifies you from voting under Amendment 579 of the Constitution of Alabama.” Continue reading.
When an unmarried couple with children breaks up, it is often a matter of packing boxes, divvying up property, and maybe getting an order for child support from a local court.  Unlike a divorcing couple, their split is not typically guided by legal standards that dictate how much money they owe each other, or how much time they get to spend with their kids once they separate. And, particularly for unmarried fathers, that lack of legal oversight can mean a long fight for custody of their children.  Continue reading.
Why are black preschoolers in America more than three times as likely to be suspended than their white classmates?  Perhaps because teachers are more likely to expect young black children — especially young black boys — to misbehave, according to a new Yale study. Continue reading.
In Charlotte, North Carolina last month, protesters outraged at the police shooting of Keith Scott demanded something fairly new to such events: that police release video of the incident.  In TV news footage they could clearly be heard chanting, “No tapes, no peace!”  Continue reading.
Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills Wednesday intended to help students graduate from California public colleges and universities in four years.  One bill would create programs at Cal State campuses to give students extra support from academic advisers and priority registration in classes. Students in the programs would need to take a minimum number of credits and maintain a qualifying GPA. Continue reading.
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.

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