Amid a national epidemic of opioid abuse, the Food and Drug Administration said it will require that all fast-acting opioid painkillers carry its strongest warning about the risks for abuse, addiction, overdose and death.
Kentucky’s court system may have to fire 600 people, close drug courts that divert addicts into treatment and end pre-trial services that allow thousands of criminal defendants to be on supervised release unless the Legislature finds more money for the judiciary, Chief Justice John Minton warned.
Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed the bill to do away with Indiana’s unpopular annual No Child Left Behind exams designed to primarily test reading, writing and math by July 2017. The state would have to devise a new test.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback signed legislation allowing faith-based groups on college campuses to restrict membership to like-minded people, although the U.S. Supreme Court has said universities can require membership to be open to all. Kansas is the second state after Oklahoma to have such a law.
Senators passed the bill, dubbed “campus-carry lite,” which would allow students at Georgia’s public colleges and universities to carry Tasers and stun guns on campus so they could protect themselves.
Even as President Obama moves to normalize relations, Cuban refugees are pouring into Texas. From October 2015 to February 2016, more than 18,500 arrived at ports from Del Rio to Brownsville. If the trend continues, it will shatter last year’s numbers for the same ports, when a record 28,371 crossed.
Democratic Mayor Muriel Bowser call for increasing the District of Columbia’s current $10.50 hourly minimum wage to $15 over the next four years during her second citywide address.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency needs to do more to ensure that water systems in small communities, which serve more than 24 million people, comply with federal safe drinking-water regulations, the federal report says.
New Mexico’s budget forecast continues to look overcast, with low oil and natural gas production casting a ripple effect on the state’s economy.
The bill would prevent abortion clinics located within 2,000 feet of a K-8 public school in Alabama from opening or getting their licenses renewed.
Democratic Attorney General Kamala Harris is backing legislation that would require California police agencies to file reports about officer-involved shooting to her office electronically, rather than on paper, so they can quickly and easily be posted on a state website.
Farming practices in western Ohio will have to undergo major changes if there is any hope of reducing toxic algae blooms that plague Lake Erie every summer and threaten drinking water, a new study warns.
The bill would fine pedestrians $50 for using a hand-held phone or for texting while crossing New Jersey streets. Lawmakers say distracted walkers pose a danger to themselves, as well as drivers.