Wednesday, June 22, 2016

8.2%: Lowest Black Unemployment of Obama’s Presidency

EIGHT POINT TWO. The lowest since 2009. The African American unemployment rate has been a hot issue over the last eight years — particularly around the question of whether African… Read More
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

U.S. To Invest $200 Million to Shorten Organ Transplant Wait Lists

The U.S. government announced plans on Monday to invest $200 million to help shorten the waiting list for patients waiting for organ transplants.  The investment, to be led by the… Read More
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Ban the Box Becomes Law In Louisiana to Give Ex-Cons a Better Chance At Job Re-Entry

Gov. John Bel Edwards signed into law Wednesday legislation that intends to give ex-convicts a greater chance at re-entering the workforce.  Dubbed “Ban the Box,” House Bill 266, now Act… Read More
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Iowa Supreme Court Says Juveniles Can’t Be Sentenced To Life in Prison without Parole for Murder

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday that juveniles convicted of first-degree murder cannot be sentenced to life in prison without parole, arguing that such punishments are “speculative” and don’t properly… Read More
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kansas Supreme Court Rules Latest School Funding Plan Unconstitutional

The Kansas Legislature’s funding of schools remains constitutionally inequitable, the Kansas Supreme Court ruled Friday, reaffirming its June 30 deadline for lawmakers to fix the problem or have the state’s… Read More
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Gov. John Kasich Signs Medical Marijuana Bill into Law

With little fanfare, Gov. John Kasich on Wednesday signed a law creating a strictly regulated medical marijuana program.  Kasich's communications team announced the signing without any comment, simply including it… Read More
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

States Eye Wallets of Richest Residents with Income-Tax Measures

Voters in as many as four states in November will consider higher levies on their wealthiest residents as income inequality steers liberal activists and politicians toward more progressive taxation. Read More
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Baltimore Officer Acquitted On All Counts in Freddie Gray Case

A judge found police officer Edward M. Nero not guilty of all criminal charges in the case of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked riots and… Read More
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

These Kids Are Going To College on Pot

Colorado pot smokers are helping send 25 students to college, the first scholarships in the U.S. funded with taxes on legal marijuana. Read More
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Louisiana Could Be the First State Where Targeting Police is a Hate Crime

In many states, extra punishment is meted out to those who commit crimes against others because of their race or religion. Such hate-crime laws elevate the heinousness of crimes in… Read More
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