Arkansas executed murderer Ledell Lee Thursday, despite a flurry of legal challenges that had spared three other convicted killers. But courts still could scuttle the remainder of the nation's most ambitious death penalty schedule since capital punishment was restored in 1976.
Texas lawmakers intentionally diluted the political clout of minority voters in drawing the state's House districts in 2011, a panel of three U.S. district judges found. The judges did not offer a remedy for the violations, leaving open the question of how the ruling will affect House races in 2018.
With no deal in place to bolster New Mexico’s cash reserves and pay for state government operations, Republican Gov. Susana Martinez directed her cabinet secretaries to come up with employee furlough plans that could be rolled out as soon as next week.
Democratic Gov. Dannel Malloy has warned there could be as many as 4,200 layoffs across much of Connecticut state government if his administration cannot reach an agreement with unions to save $700 million next year and balance the state budget.
California has sold $1.25 billion in taxable bonds to finance a $64 billion, high-speed rail system, the first debt issue for construction since voters approved it nearly a decade ago.
Conservatives on the Wisconsin Supreme Court rejected a plan that would have required them and other state judges to recuse themselves in cases that involve large donors to their individual campaigns.
The Idaho State Board of Education approved tuition and fee increases of between 3 and 3.5 percent for the state's four-year colleges and universities. Much of the increase goes to cover a 3 percent pay raise approved by the Legislature.
The Florida Supreme Court said that a proposed constitutional amendment to restore the voting rights of convicted felons can appear on the 2018 ballot.
County officials across Arizona are waiting anxiously for the Legislature to deliver its 2018 budget to Republican Gov. Doug Ducey, warning they could be on the brink of financial disaster if the state doesn't throw them a bone.
West Virginia became the 29th state to legalize marijuana when Democratic Gov. Jim Justice signed a comprehensive measure that will allow the state to begin issuing marijuana patient ID cards on July 1, 2019.
Pennsylvania’s failure to comply with the 2005 law could cost residents nearly $1 billion to acquire passports to fly, 11 airlines warned. Not complying also will hurt deliveries because drivers won’t be able to enter federal buildings and military facilities after June 6 if their only identification is a Pennsylvania driver’s license.