Tuesday, March 14, 2017

What Do States Owe People Who Are Wrongfully Convicted?

In April 2000, 23-year-old Floyd Bledsoe sat in an Oskaloosa, Kansas, courtroom awaiting the verdict in his first-degree murder trial in the death of his 14-year-old sister-in-law, Zetta “Camille” Arfmann.… Read More
Monday, March 6, 2017

Appeals Court Reinstates a Texas Immigration Law

A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that Texas can once again enforce a 2015 state law that added criminal penalties for “harboring” or concealing immigrants who are in the United… Read More
Monday, March 6, 2017

After Court Setbacks, Lawmakers Push for New Voting Restrictions

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… Read More
Monday, March 6, 2017

Maryland Governor Declares State Of Emergency for Opioid Crisis

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… Read More
Monday, March 6, 2017

Committee Advances Bill to Allow Immediate Voting Rights to Felons

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… Read More
Monday, March 6, 2017

Arkansas Governor Signs College Grant Program into Law

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… Read More
Monday, March 6, 2017

Unanimous Decision by Kansas Supreme Court: School Financing System Does Not Meet Constitutional Requirements

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… Read More
Thursday, February 23, 2017

Nearly 56,000 Bridges Called Structurally Deficient

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… Read More
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… Read More
Thursday, February 23, 2017

With Growth of the Gig Economy, States Rethink How Workers Get Benefits

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… Read More
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