A federal judge has struck down a 2014 Alabama law that enabled judges to put minors seeking abortions through a trial-like proceeding in which the fetus could get a lawyer and prosecutors could object to the pregnant girl's wishes.
Hawaii approved its first laboratory to begin testing samples of medical marijuana 17 years after use of the drug was legalized in the state.
Connecticut lawmakers narrowly approved a new labor contract with public employees that is expected to save the state at least $1.2 billion — largely through pension concessions — and could clear the way for lawmakers to agree on a past due budget.
Five insurance companies have stepped in to offer plans on the federal exchange in 19 of the 20 Ohio counties that otherwise would have had no marketplace options for 2018.
The people behind California’s latest effort to leave the U.S. are preparing to fan out across the Golden State to collect signatures for a 2018 ballot initiative. It would repeal a provision of the California Constitution stating that the state is “an inseparable part of the United States ... up to and including agreement establishing California as a fully independent country.”
A total of 123 school districts across Michigan have received waivers from the Michigan Department of Education allowing them to bypass the state’s 17-year ban on starting school before Labor Day and open their doors to students in August.
The collapse of the GOP health care overhaul in Congress has Georgia’s leaders wrestling over whether to stand pat and let a funding crisis continue to threaten the state’s fragile hospital system or seek changes that could open the spigots for more federal dollars.
House lawmakers tentatively approved a series of bills aimed at helping Texas curb its unusually high rate of women dying less than a year after childbirth.
A small medical team is responsible for the care of hundreds of inmates in nine county jails across a massive expanse of land in Utah and Wyoming. Prison watchdogs and groups that advocate for inmates say hundreds are receiving a low level of medical care.
Minnesota’s School Safety Technical Assistance Council has approved an 11-page document designed to help schools provide safety and support for transgender and gender-nonconforming students.
Medical professionals across Arkansas are joining the state's budding medical marijuana business, though many health care providers remain ambivalent or are opposed to participating. Almost 300 Arkansans have been approved to use the substance, which isn't yet legally available in the state.
A new South Carolina law requires school districts to give their students statewide tests online, using computers. But 47 of the state’s more than 80 school districts requested waivers, opting for paper-and-pencil tests instead. Forty districts said they didn’t have enough computers, and 36 said they didn’t have adequate internet access.
Denver police estimate that marijuana is grown in one of every 10 homes in the Colorado city. Law enforcement authorities say they’re seeing more houses that have been left with thousands of dollars in damage — such as extensive mold — from the grow operations.