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US moves to reassert authority on voting rights

WASHINGTON - The glee in Republican-controlled states after the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act ruling in June may give way to a different feeling for state officials: the crushing weight of a full legal offensive from the U.S. Justice Department.

August 05, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

End-of-life document is quietly entering use

The emergency call came in at 10:47 on a Saturday night: "Woman in Overland Park with difficulty breathing. Code one closest."

June 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Tally of kids entering US illegally, and alone, is surging

WASHINGTON - Every day, 80 to 120 children cross the Texas border illegally - and alone.

May 13, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Efforts to block deportations surface in a few states

WASHINGTON - As Congress considers major revisions to federal immigration laws, legislators in a few states are trying to block the federal government's power to deport immigrants who land in their jails.

March 31, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Vital information on hospital safety, quality now available via new US website

WASHINGTON - Hospitals make mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes. A patient may get the wrong medication or even undergo surgery intended for another person. When errors like these are reported, state and federal officials inspect the hospital in question and file a detailed report.

March 24, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

Traffic cameras widely disliked, but use widens

WASHINGTON - When it comes to red-light cameras, New Jersey Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon says the people in his state have had enough. Nothing, he says, has generated more feedback in his five years as a legislator than his fight against the cameras.

March 03, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

More states seek to control their Medicaid plans

MONTGOMERY, Ala. -Just two states have governors who are physicians. Democrat John Kitzhaber of Oregon is an emergency-room doctor. Republican Robert Bentley of Alabama is a dermatologist. Their states may have little in common, but the medically trained governors have embraced similar Medic…

February 18, 2013 12:00 amLoading…

States' taxes, bonds may be directly affected by election's outcome

WASHINGTON - The presidential candidates' tax proposals may lack detail, but one thing is clear: State taxes, which are closely tied to the federal tax code, could change dramatically depending on the outcome of the election.

October 29, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

Calif. plan ends death penalty to halt 'fiscally ruinous' effect

WASHINGTON - For Ron Briggs, California's ballot initiative to repeal the death penalty isn't just a policy change, but a chance to right the "ineffective legal beast created by California's death penalty laws," which he and his father, then a state senator, helped put in place nearly 40 years ago.

September 04, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

As some towns, cities find out, 'overbearing gov't' can be down road

WASHINGTON - Mayor Ken Moore and the elected aldermen of Franklin, Tenn., unanimously approved a resolution this month warning against overbearing central government.

March 26, 2012 12:00 amLoading…

States ponder sports betting as source of new revenue

WASHINGTON - A 34-year-old New Jersey man beat odds of more than 32,000-to-1 last month when he correctly picked the winners of 15 National Football League games against the point spread on a $5 wager. He collected $100,000.

November 07, 2011 12:00 amLoading…

Virginia joins with 15 other states in suspending lethal injections

WASHINGTON — What was scheduled to be a busy week in the nation's death chambers instead has offered growing evidence that a moratorium on lethal injection is materializing across the country — even as a U.S. Supreme Court justice suggested that some executions should go on.

October 19, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

States now easing up on youth sex cases

WASHINGTON — Lawmakers across the country are doling out tougher punishments for sex offenders — from satellite tracking to the death penalty — but a handful of states are starting to ease up on penalties in cases of youths arrested for sex.

July 22, 2007 12:00 amLoading…

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