A Marshall Project report shows Louisiana's prison population dropped more than 5 percent from 2016 to 2017. That's one of the largest decreases in the country, in a state that had become known as the “Prison Capital of the World.” State Corrections Secretary Jimmy LeBlanc credits the drop to criminal justice changes.
A Medicaid expansion proposal has passed the signature threshold in Idaho, but further review is needed before it gets on the November ballot. Ada County Chief Deputy Clerk Phil McGrane says county clerks across the state have verified roughly 58,000 signatures that organizers submitted earlier this month.
Facebook and other social media companies could be compelled to give criminal defendants preparing for trial user content that is already public, California’s highest court ruled. The state Supreme Court’s ruling gives an opening to defense lawyers whose requests for information have been ignored by social media companies that argue that a federal privacy law prevents its release.
Uber and Lyft are expressing concern over a provision inserted into a Washington, D.C., budget bill at the last minute that would require them to turn over large amounts of ride data to the city. The companies say that detailed information about a person’s travel habits could fall victim to hackers taking aim at government computers.
Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, vetoed three education bills, calling them “a crude attempt” to dilute accountability in Maryland public schools. The bills would have changed the Maryland Board of Education to include two teachers and a parent, made it possible for more supervisors to join the union and made it harder for governors to fire about 900 political appointees at the Department of Education.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican, said that ballot initiatives are a bad way to write laws, and that he opposes a proposal to legalize medical marijuana. But the initiative should be allowed to move forward, he said, with a public debate and vote in November.
A top Amazon official emailed Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel in January to tell him the company was “impressed” with Chicago’s high-stakes bid to land the online retail giant’s second headquarters and as many as 50,000 jobs, records show. The email — part of a Freedom of Information request from the Chicago Tribune — came from Jay Carney, who worked with Emanuel in Barack Obama’s administration.
There are nearly 5,000 untested sexual assault kits in Missouri, according to a new audit report by Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley. Hawley, a Republican, launched an audit of the kits following an investigation by the Columbia Missourian that found there was no clear picture on the total number of untested kits.
The package, aimed at preventing sexual assault of minors and punishing predators, passed the Michigan House with overwhelming, bipartisan majorities. It arose from a scandal involving a former Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually abused women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.
An effort to clean up a Pennsylvania power plant is just one of several issues that Connecticut has with the Environmental Protection Agency, now headed by Scott Pruitt, a Trump administration official environmentalists love to hate because they say he is rolling back key clean air and clean water protections. While Connecticut lost on the power plant case, it may win other battles.