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
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

High-Profile Cases Spur States to Reconsider Statutes of Limitations for Rape

Fueled by sexual abuse allegations against comedian Bill Cosby and the Catholic Church, and other high-profile cases dating back decades, state legislators across the country are considering lengthening or eliminating… Read More
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Comey Vows Fight as FBI Minority Agent Numbers Slip

The numbers of minority FBI agents are continuing to drop at a slow clip, according to newly released statistics, but FBI Director James Comey says the bureau is working aggressively… Read More
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Where Drinking, Drugs and Alzheimer’s Are Disproportionately Fatal

Drinking is more likely to be the cause of death in much of the Southwest than in other parts of the country. In parts of Appalachia and New England, it’s… Read More
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

California's Schools Will Soon Be on the Hook for Things like Suspensions, Attendance And Graduation Rates

California's schools are going to have to answer for more than just test scores, by the year after next. The state may also judge them on suspension rates, graduation rates,… Read More
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Branstad Signs Bill Allowing Early Release of Hundreds of Drug Felons

Nearly 1,000 nonviolent drug offenders will be eligible for early release from Iowa prisons over the next five years as part of a sentencing reform bill that Gov. Terry Branstad… Read More
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

NJ Bills Aim to Catch up With Uber, Lyft

Applications that allow people to use smartphones to summon a driver at a moment’s notice have soared in popularity in recent years.  And as companies like Uber and Lyft have… Read More
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

States Move Toward Treating 17-Year-Old Offenders as Juveniles, Not Adults

When Chené Marshall got into a fight in high school, she assumed she might be suspended. Instead, the police arrested her.  Then a 17-year-old junior with no criminal record, she… Read More
Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pfizer Blocks Its Drugs from Use in Lethal Injections

Pfizer Inc has taken steps to ensure that none of its products are used in lethal injections, the largest U.S. drugmaker said on Friday.  "We are enforcing a distribution restriction… Read More
Monday, May 16, 2016

Google to Ban Payday Loan Advertisements

Google announced Wednesday that it will ban all payday loan ads from its site, bowing to concerns by advocates who say the lending practice exploits the poor and vulnerable by… Read More
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