Nevada, Delaware and other states are competing to offer ways for the rich to fend off creditors, divorcing spouses and even tax collectors by creating trust laws that can shelter wealth — an effort critics fear is turning into a competitive game of giveaway.
Proposition 58, which will appear on the Nov. 8 ballot in California, will ask voters to remove the restrictions of Proposition 227, which mandated that English learners be taught in English only, rather than in bilingual programs long favored by many educators.
A federal judge seems inclined to let a legal challenge continue over North Carolina’s law allowing magistrates to refuse to marry same-sex couples, but only if those suing can prove they have the right to file the legal action.
More than 3,300 4-year-olds will attend preschool this upcoming school year as part of Minnesota’s new, state-funded preschool program that targets impoverished school districts that don’t have early education options.
Everything from the price of a cup of coffee to the cost of a house can fluctuate between, and even within, states. Now, the federal government measures these variations.
Vermont’s highest court has dismissed charges against a so-called jailhouse lawyer accused of illegally practicing law by dispensing legal advice to fellow inmates. The court said the accused never held herself out as a licensed attorney or accepted payment for legal work.
Farm families in Western states like California and Colorado are increasingly under pressure to sell their water. It’s been coined “buy and dry,” as water is diverted from farm fields and instead used to fill pipes in condos and subdivisions.
Some Pennsylvania wardens describe addicted inmates as patients, but are hesitant to allow for medically assisted treatment inside their prisons and jails.
Between 80 and 90 percent of those surveyed in a new national poll said roads, bridges and energy grids are in “some or extreme need of repairs.” And more than 70 percent of respondents thought federal, local and state governments should be doing additional work to improve infrastructure across the nation.
Some 15,000 Rhode Island state income tax refunds are still being processed because they contain errors, have been flagged for alleged fraud, or were filed after the April 18 deadline. As of last week, the Division of Taxation had paid 426,924 tax refunds, about 96 percent of the total expected to be paid.
The state isn’t helping cover the cost of a cocktail of drugs that can protect sexual assault victims from contracting HIV as agreed to under a 2014 law. That has left Ohio hospitals and sexual assault nurses scrambling in some cases to get the expensive and time-sensitive drug regimen to patients who often are reeling from the trauma of an attack.
Nebraska suffers from a severe shortage of workers in science, technology and building trades and still has work to do to attract fast-growing startup companies, says a report prepared for Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts. The report said wages remain below the national average in much of the state, forcing residents to work more than one job.