Thursday, July 7, 2016

State's Economic Development Agency Moves Ahead On Diversity Rules for Tax Credits, But Not Without Some Criticism

The state agency in charge of handing out hundreds of millions of dollars in tax credits to companies that promise Californians jobs is moving closer to requiring those businesses to… Read More
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Medicaid, Private Insurers Begin to Lift Curbs On Pricey Hepatitis C Drugs

After legal battles and lobbying efforts, tens of thousands of people with hepatitis C are gaining earlier access to expensive drugs that can cure this condition.  States that limited access… Read More
Thursday, July 7, 2016

More Than 70% of Texas Prisons Don't Have AC, And Why That Won't Change Anytime Soon

It is officially swelter season in Texas, and for most of the 150,000 inmates in the state's sprawling prison system, it means another summer of seemingly endless months in cells… Read More
Thursday, July 7, 2016

Iowa Supreme Court Upholds Ban on Felons Voting

Lawmakers and civil rights advocates are pledging to rewrite state law and amend the Iowa Constitution after the state Supreme Court on Thursday upheld a lifetime voting ban for convicted… Read More
Thursday, July 7, 2016

'Hollywood South' Fleeing Louisiana for Better Deals Elsewhere

It's the middle of a recent work day inside a Hollywood-style movie studio in downtown New Orleans, and Trey Burvant turns off the lights on an empty Stage 1. He… Read More
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
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