Poor Ohioans who are jailed for failing to pay court debts often find it difficult to do anything about it, although so-called “debtor prisons” are unconstitutional.
Critics say the sizable contributions tied to one casino owner’s interests show the flaws in a 2012 law banning casino owners from making donations to political candidates.
Two San Diego firms—a software company and a fleet management company—will get close to $14 million in city and state incentives to move almost 1,500 jobs to downtown Dallas.
Republican Gov. Tom Corbett signaled that he was willing to advance millions of dollars in state education money to Philadelphia schools to ensure that they open on time next month, after legislators failed to vote on a $2-per-pack cigarette tax to help fund the city schools.
Pollution concerns persist about tides of phosphorus in the Great Lakes and in waterways across the U.S., including inland lakes from Minnesota to Nebraska to California, and even in the glacial-era kettle ponds of Cape Cod in Massachusetts.
The court said rap lyrics filled with visceral images of gang violence can’t be used as evidence of guilt unless they have a "strong nexus" to the crime being charged.
Visitors to some state-run historic sites, such as Lincoln’s Tomb in Springfield, will have fewer days a week to access them starting later this year.
South Dakota’s policy of trying to keep certain types of felons out of state prison has resulted in more of them ending up in county jails.
A state senator and an Oklahoma petroleum geologist have called for a federal task force to develop a statewide emergency plan in response to the ongoing earthquake swarm.
Police say the influx of workers moving to North Dakota because of the oil boom has brought an increasing number of sex offenders to the state.
California's newest budget package of $152 billion includes large increases for education, pays down debts and proposes a 32-year plan to fully fund the teachers' pension system.
Businessman Scott Honour said he would undo the minimum wage measure that Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton signed into law earlier this year.