The number of children being hospitalized because of prescription opioid poisoning has risen sharply since 1997, especially among toddlers and older teenagers, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine reported.
The Georgia Supreme Court said a law that prohibits guns at school property trumps one passed at the same time that allowed firearms inside school safety zones.
The number of U.S. banks working with pot businesses, now sanctioned in many states, is up 45 percent in the last year. Still, marijuana merchants say there are not nearly enough banks willing to take their cash — a situation they hope will change if ballot measures in California, Florida and seven other states pass.
As the second week of early voting began in North Carolina, the state NAACP and voters in Beaufort and Moore counties filed a lawsuit in federal court contending elections officials are erroneously purging eligible voters from the rolls as part of an attempt to suppress African-American voters.
Kansas’ public employee pension officials are considering lowering the 8 percent expected rate of return for investments annually, which could mean taxpayers and possibly employees would need to chip in more money.
Latinos now make up more than 10 percent of Nebraska’s population, a number that’s expected to double by 2040. But that growth has not translated to more Latino representation in the Legislature.
Under the 2013 law, women should be able to go to a pharmacy without a doctor’s prescription and pick up hormonal contraception, including pills and patches. But California pharmacists aren’t required to provide birth control and many say they’re unsure whether they ever will.
Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to tie the proposed spending increase, which would be the first across-the-board hike in Arkansas since 1996, to schools’ performance rather than their enrollment.
A new Illinois law requires all licensed hairdressers to take a one hour class every two years, when they get their license renewed, to help identify signs of domestic abuse in their clients.
A company that was denied a license to grow medical marijuana in Maryland has filed a lawsuit against state regulators alleging that they didn’t follow a law calling for racial diversity in the potentially lucrative industry. It’s the third prospective marijuana grower to pursue legal action against the cannabis commission.
The proposal would levy a 2.5 percent tax on many companies’ Oregon sales over $25 million, generating an estimated $3 billion a year for public education and other state services. Proponents say the state’s business taxes are unusually low. Opponents say consumers would end up paying some of the bill.