The Obama administration said it will expand a refugee program for Central American children who are fleeing danger, part of a broader effort to stem the unregulated flow of unaccompanied minors across the southern U.S. border.
S&P Global Ratings downgraded Kansas’ credit rating to AA-, from AA, citing the state’s lack of cash reserves. Forty-one states now have a higher rating from S&P. Only three — Illinois, New Jersey and Kentucky — have worse ratings.
A ban enacted last year that barred police departments from obtaining military-grade equipment will get a second look by the White House after police aired concerns about recent shootings that targeted officers. If the ban is lifted, military equipment such as body armor and tank-like armored vehicles could once again be transferred to local police departments.
Several bills moving through the California Legislature would make it easier for homeowners to build small units on their properties, whether in their garages, as additions to existing homes or as new, freestanding structures.
Democratic National Convention attendees are getting a perk not usually afforded to regular Pennsylvania residents — they can buy drinks after 2 a.m. at some Philadelphia venues and purchase liquor outside of state-owned stores.
A state law that capped unemployment benefits for laid off workers at 13 weeks has been found unconstitutional by the Missouri Supreme Court. The high court said the Legislature incorrectly approved the change, which slashed the maximum number of weeks of jobless benefits to one of the lowest levels in the nation.
More than 62,000 people have signed up for a new Mississippi No Call Registry for cellphones in less than a month. The process for registering a cellphone is the same as registering a landline, and the goal is the same: to reduce the number of annoying calls from telemarketers.
When classes begin in a few weeks, nonwhite students will outnumber white students in Oklahoma public schools for the first time. White students will remain the largest ethnic group of public school students in the state, but the combination of Hispanic, black, Asian, American Indian and Pacific Islander students will outnumber whites.
Minnesota’s new Office of Enterprise Sustainability will provide agencies with assistance to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and water usage, increase energy efficiency and recycling, and better coordinate efforts across state government.
Texas lawmakers could put up major road blocks next year for a private firm’s plans to build a high-speed rail project connecting Houston and Dallas, now that a federal transportation board has decided the project falls under state jurisdiction.
A special legislative session to address a potential New Mexico budget deficit of up to $600 million — in both the current and just-finished budget years — seems increasingly inevitable. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez suggested that such a session could be a quick one, though she did not say exactly when she might call it.
Carpooling has dropped to less than 10 percent of commuters in the Seattle area compared to 18 percent in 1980, a trend mirrored across the nation. Carpooling doesn’t provide the flexibility needed by today’s dual-income families, a Washington state transportation expert said.
A bill signed by Republican Gov. Pat McCrory establishes a new statewide district for five low-performing schools that is meant to improve student proficiency. The district will be turned over to charter school management companies and overseen by a superintendent chosen by North Carolina’s Board of Education.