Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill allowing California physicians to prescribe lethal doses of drugs to terminally ill patients. Four other states—Montana, Oregon, Vermont and Washington—also permit assisted suicide.
The U.S. Justice Department and five states—Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas—finalized a settlement worth more than $20 billion arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
The Illinois Department of Public Health will no longer provide testing of sexually transmitted infections for dozens of county health departments and other facilities, saying resources must be shifted to more complicated testing to identify disease outbreaks and biological threats.
As the nation mourns those killed in last week’s mass shooting at an Oregon community college, Kansas universities are preparing to implement a state law that will allow most people to carry concealed firearms without a permit on campus.
A Senate committee advanced legislation that would give top entertainers a break in New Jersey income taxes if they perform at least four shows a year in struggling Atlantic City. Supporters of the bill say it would give the tourist city an economic boost.
Republican Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed suit against Volkswagen, asking that the German auto company be forced to provide West Virginia consumers a refund for cheating U.S. emissions tests. He also seeks penalties of $5,000 per violation for the 2,684 VW diesel vehicles registered in the state.
State officials removed five tigers from an animal shelter in central Ohio, saying the owner had failed to comply with state requirements that ban the ownership and sale of certain exotic animals without a special permit.
Police departments across Alaska are starting to equip officers with video cameras. The state also plans to outfit all 400 state and wildlife troopers with cameras.
A state commission studying alternatives to the gasoline tax to pay for highway repairs in New Hampshire will examine a proposal that targets all fuel-efficient vehicles, which pay little or no gas tax.
Oklahoma will join two dozen other states on Nov. 1 in allowing online registration, though there’s no guarantee it will be ready in time for the 2016 elections.
A joint legislative committee recommended the state provide up to $250,000 in matching funds for technology-based startups, with the provision that the products or ideas could return economic benefit to Wyoming’s economy.
Without an exemption, Louisiana residents could find their state driver's license will not be accepted to board flights as early as next year. The federal government has stopped accepting licenses from Louisiana, New Hampshire, Minnesota and New York as ID to enter 217 federal buildings because they do not comply with the REAL ID law.