Newly emboldened attorneys general across the United States — including in Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey and New York — have begun to take an aggressive stance toward investigating sex abuse by Catholic clergy, examining whether church officials covered up malfeasance, issuing subpoenas for documents and convening special task forces.
The largest health insurance company in Tennessee will stop covering OxyContin prescriptions next year as part of sweeping policy changes intended to combat opioid addiction and make pain pills less valuable on the black market.
Thirty-seven people died of overdoses involving fentanyl and related synthetic opioids in Alaska in 2017. In 2016, there were eight fentanyl-related deaths.
The California agency that fights wildfires says it’s about to exceed its budget and needs $234 million more. Fire season generally picks up in fall, when winds and high temperatures can combine with dried-out forest and grasslands to create dangerous conditions.
The Mississippi governor and lieutenant governor, both Republicans, say they will support teacher pay raises in the 2019 legislative session, months before state elections. The Mississippi Department of Education says teachers made an average of $44,659 in the 2016-2017 school year.
Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, signed an executive order for transferring all remaining U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees out of the city jail and declaring that Atlanta will no longer hold anyone for the federal agency.
Arkansas officials say the website that people on the state’s expanded Medicaid program use to report work activities under a new requirement to keep their coverage is experiencing “sporadic” issues.
Gov. Charlie Baker, a Republican, unveiled a legislative proposal that would expand the criteria for ordering bail in the wake of high-profile crimes allegedly committed by defendants who had been released on bail. The legislation would make it easier for prosecutors to seek a hearing to determine if criminal defendants pose a danger to the public.
Navajo leaders say voter rolls in San Juan County, Utah, list about 1 of every 4 tribal members in the wrong political boundaries — meaning they might receive incorrect ballots — despite the court-ordered redrawing of the boundaries that is intended to end political domination of largely Republican whites over Democratic American Indians there.
The Nevada program will allow students who grew up in foster care to register for tuition credit without paying certain fees, similar to the waiver available to members of the state National Guard. Nevada is the 29th state to provide tuition assistance for foster youth.
Cashiers account for more than 76,000 workers in and around Washington, D.C. — more than the region’s total number of surgeons, chief executives, lawyers and computer systems managers. Over time, all of those point-of-sale jobs could be outsourced to technology.
Current and former employees of a New Mexico prison have reached a $2.5 million settlement with the state to resolve allegations of sexual harassment and discrimination.