A study by University of Hawaii researchers has found a third of the state’s shorelines are vulnerable to coastal hazards as the waves and storms that hit the islands become intensified by the growing impacts of sea level rise. Most of those areas have a significant population, with homes, roads and other assets at risk.
Court records and individual cases discovered by The Texas Tribune indicate that a number of asylum-seekers who came to international bridges in Texas and California were separated from their children anyway — or were not able to cross the bridge at all. Experts argue there’s no basis to the government’s claim that there aren’t enough resources to process asylum-seekers.
California Democratic legislators ended a dispute over a proposed net neutrality bill, agreeing on a measure that would bar internet service providers from blocking, speeding up or slowing down websites and video, as well as charging websites fees for fast lanes.
Mississippi has revamped its request to impose work requirements on its Medicaid beneficiaries, a move to address federal concerns that its original proposal would have left some without insurance. In the overhauled proposal, Mississippi guarantees beneficiaries will receive up to 24 months of coverage if they comply with the proposed work requirements.
Louisiana’s LA Wallet website went live, offering residents a new app that will display a legal copy of their state driver’s license for identification purposes. Downloading the app is free; activating an existing license costs $5.99.
Millions of Americans lost their licenses because they were too poor to pay court costs or traffic fines, which can run into hundreds and sometimes thousands of dollars. A federal district judge has ruled that one of these laws, in Tennessee, was unconstitutional.
Fire experts battling several wildfires across Colorado are using terms like “unprecedented” and “unnatural” to describe fire dynamics this season. For instance, in south central Colorado, a 300-foot-high tsunami of wildfire scorched 20,000 acres of heavy tall pine forests and grassland into stumps and ash.
Oklahoma brought in $12.18 billion over the past year, a record in collections to state coffers, Treasurer Ken Miller said. The new record was $73 million more than the previous 12-month record of $12.1 billion set in February 2015. "It would appear Oklahoma's economic engine is hitting on all cylinders," Miller said.
In response to record reports to Las Vegas law enforcement and all-time-high amounts of illegal fireworks seized for July Fourth, officials in the Nevada city urged residents to consider the risks of using the pyrotechnic devices.
The new state-sponsored retirement plan in Oregon turned a year old this week. It has succeeded in enrolling more than 32,000 private-sector employees who previously didn’t have access to retirement savings at work. They have set aside a combined $4.6 million through automatic payroll deductions.