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An agreement reached Wednesday would weaken Texas’ strict voter identification law and allow residents to cast ballots in November’s election even if they have none of the seven identifying documents that the law recognizes. Continue reading.

Prosecutors in Virginia won a rare conviction of a white former police officer who shot and killed an unarmed black teen suspected of shoplifting.  But the guilty verdict Thursday was for voluntary manslaughter, a lesser charge than the original first-degree murder count. Continue reading.

The Delaware Supreme Court has ruled the state's death penalty law is unconstitutional – and the only chance at fixing it is to punt the issue to the already-divided General Assembly. Continue reading.

Public pension plans are reporting dismal investment returns this year, a development that will likely mean governments will have to pony up more money in the coming years. Continue reading.

Patients burst into tears at this city’s glistening new charity hospital when they learned they could get Medicaid health insurance.  In Baton Rouge, state officials had to bring in extra workers to process the flood of applications for coverage. Continue reading.

Uber plans to ask the state Legislature to pass statewide regulations for ride-hailing companies, clearing the way for the company to operate anywhere in the state. Continue reading.


Courts dealt setbacks on Friday to Republican efforts in three states to restrict voting, blocking a North Carolina law requiring photo identification, loosening a similar measure in Wisconsin and halting strict citizenship requirements in Kansas. Continue reading.


Getting caught with small amounts of marijuana will result in citations akin to a traffic ticket instead of the possibility of jail time under legislation Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner signed into law Friday. Continue reading.

The Legislature early Monday sent to Governor Charlie Baker three key bills — regulating ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft, requiring utilities to contract with more hydro- and wind-power, and working to boost the economy through programs such as job training. Continue reading.

Congressional inaction on Zika funds has hampered efforts on the local level to stop the spread of the disease. That was more or less proven Friday when Florida Department of Health officials said it's highly likely that four new cases in Miami were the first to be contracted by infected mosquitoes in the U.S. Continue reading.

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