Some of the abandoned towns that dot Michigan's landscape from the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula to the Ohio and Indiana state lines are no more than outlines of foundations or a few weathered cemetery headstones. All speak to boom-and-bust cycles in Michigan's history.
The Washington Supreme Court says the state cannot require rape defendants to prove that an alleged victim consented — a decision critics said will make it harder to punish dangerous sex offenders.
Under the new protections, modeled after rights granted military reservists, New York officials said health care workers joining the fight against the Ebola outbreak in West Africa would have their pay, health care and employment statuses continue seamlessly when they get back.
The city council approved a controversial pipeline that would bring in groundwater from 142 miles away. The $3.4 billion project would pipe in 16 billion gallons of water each year from Central Texas' Burleson County.
Riverboat gambling operations would be allowed to rebuild on land, and horse track casinos could use live dealers for table games under a recommendation approved by a legislative study committee.
The trend toward one-party control of statehouses has made states a testing ground for party policies in an era of gridlock in Washington.
The New Mexico Supreme Court has cleared the way for the state’s top water manager to continue considering an application by a commercial venture that calls for piping drinking water from western New Mexico to more populated areas.
The state began to offer a youth hunt to children 16 and younger in 1999 and it has grown steadily, despite the fact that participation in hunting is declining in general nationally.
Their silence on medical marijuana and the constitutional amendment up for a vote on Nov. 4 stands out as one of the few commonalities between candidates for governor Rick Scott, the incumbent Republican, and Democratic challenger Charlie Crist. But they aren’t alone.
Kentucky is one of four states that require felons get a pardon from the governor to vote. As a result, the state is third highest in the nation with 7.4 percent of adults being unable to vote because of a felony.