A U.S. district judge blocked abortion restrictions in Alabama that limit how close clinics can be to public schools and ban a procedure used to terminate pregnancies in the second trimester, saying the laws are likely to be unconstitutional.
The Arkansas Supreme Court disqualified a medical marijuana proposal from the ballot less than two weeks before the election and with thousands of votes already cast. But voters still will be able to consider a competing plan.
More than 95 percent of Ohio children have health coverage, as the uninsured rate fell to historic lows after the state expanded Medicaid, a new analysis finds. In all, 26,000 children gained coverage between 2013 and 2015. An estimated 115,000 under the age of 19 still are without health insurance.
Iowa is the first state to generate more than a third of its electricity from wind energy, the American Wind Energy Association said. The state generates power from more than 3,700 turbines, and ranks third nationally in the number of turbines.
In a change in liquor laws that date to the end of prohibition, beer wholesalers in Pennsylvania soon should be able to sell six-packs of beer, growlers and single cans directly to the public. Right now, they can only sell cases, 12-packs and kegs of beer.
After scrapping Kentucky’s health care exchange, Republican Gov. Matt Bevin’s administration says it expects a smooth transition Nov. 1, as open enrollment begins for health insurance on the federal exchange. But health care advocates worry that some people will be left behind.
Republican Gov. Rick Snyder vetoed legislation that would have maintained Michigan’s 6 percent "use" tax on Medicaid managed care organizations, more quickly ended a broader health insurance tax and changed the pot of state money used to draw federal matching dollars.
Tobacco companies have funneled more than $18 million into dueling campaigns to raise Missouri’s lowest-in-the-nation cigarette tax. But this time, the makers of big cigarette brands are the primary supporters of the initiatives. One reason: One proposal would require retailers to impose an additional 67 cents in taxes on a pack of smokes made by small brands.
Wealthy Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner is on track to spend $50 million in Illinois legislative races this year after having much of his agenda blocked in the Democratic Legislature.
Georgia’s leaders have a long history of asking for divine help to break droughts. Now, Republican Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black and Republican U.S. Rep. Doug Collins want God’s help to end the latest drought to parch Georgia’s fields and streams.