The opioid epidemic that has ravaged life expectancy among economically stressed white Americans is taking a rising toll among blacks, Hispanics and Native Americans, driving up the overall rate of death among Americans in the prime of their lives.
The economically struggling U.S. island territory of Puerto Rico voted overwhelmingly on Sunday in favor of becoming the 51st state, although turnout for the non-binding referendum was low and adding another star to the U.S. flag likely faces an uphill battle in Congress.
Republican Gov. Rick Scott signed amended “stand your ground” legislation, making it easier for defendants in Florida to successfully claim they were protecting themselves when they commit violence.
Low-level offenders who have been arrested and can't come up with enough money to get out of jail can get a rehearing of their bail amount under a new Illinois law signed by Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner.
Putting aside the many pieces of legislation bestowing Rhode Island lawmakers’ congratulations or condolences, reinstating corporate charters or allowing dignitaries and others to perform marriage ceremonies, the 2017 General Assembly had enacted only four “public laws” as of June 9.
When Ohio lawmakers approved generous cuts in, or outright elimination of, state income taxes for many businesses, they didn’t mention that dozens of the legislators who voted on those reductions stood to personally benefit.
Kansas legislators approved pay raises of up to 5 percent for state workers who haven't had any in recent years as lawmakers wrapped up work on budget issues and adjourned their unusually long annual session.
Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper signed into law a controversial bill that changes how state law enforcement agencies seize money and property suspected of being linked to crimes, despite pressure from Colorado sheriffs and police chiefs who say the measure will hurt investigations.
Pharmacists in New Mexico who undergo training will legally be able to prescribe and provide birth control pills to women. The initiative is an attempt to deal with a shortage of primary care doctors, gynecologists and obstetricians in New Mexico, particularly in rural areas, and a large number of unintended pregnancies in the state.
Arkansas' chief medical examiner says nothing in autopsy reports suggest that four inmates put to death in April suffered while they died. But that won't end the debate over whether the state's three-drug execution is cruel.
The plan moving quickly through the Wisconsin Legislature would also bar voucher schools from employing teachers who aren't eligible for teaching licenses because of their criminal history and eliminate requirements that voucher schools have to meet to receive state money, including standards for student attendance, grade-level promotion and academic growth.
The bill signed by Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval increases the cost-of-living raises for state workers in Nevada from 2 percent to 3 percent per year.
A common sight for more than 100 years along North Carolina roads — prisoners picking up trash or clearing debris while guards keep close watch — could soon go the way of inmates smashing rocks with sledgehammers into gravel.