A federal appeals court greenlighted a Massachusetts challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of a federal requirement for employers to include birth control coverage in their health insurance plans.
Minnesota has long allowed people who rape their partner to escape penalties if they meet certain conditions, a law that Democratic Gov. Tim Walz called “antiquated and shameful” before repealing it.
Democratic Gov. Tony Evers pledged to “fight like hell” to expand Medicaid in Wisconsin, a day after Republican legislative leaders said they would kill his proposal next week.
Hawaii lawmakers passed bills instituting all-mail voting and automatic recounts for races with narrow victory margins, measures lawmakers hope will boost voter turnout and confidence in elections. The bills now go to the governor, who hasn’t indicated whether he’ll sign them.
General Motors officials outlined a plan to state and local leaders to spend $1 billion on its truck and van plant, adding hundreds of thousands of square feet and an unspecified number of new jobs. In a closed-door meeting in Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s office, the leaders learned Missouri is competing against other states for the expansion project.
In five years, all Georgia elementary schools will have to screen every kindergartner for a reading condition called dyslexia, under the measure signed by Republican Gov. Brian Kemp. It also calls on the state’s teacher credentialing agency to set new standards for what future teachers must learn about dyslexia.
Democratic Montana Gov. Steve Bullock has signed a bill allowing emergency care providers to offer non-emergency medical assistance in their communities to reduce 911 calls in rural areas. The providers could fill gaps in the current medical system by helping people manage their medicine or chronic illnesses.
Electric cars and solar panels are the most visible signs of California's ambitious climate change policies. Now the state is setting its sights on a lower-tech way to cut carbon emissions: soil.
Democratic senators from Virginia and New Jersey are asking the federal government to investigate beach umbrella safety. Flying umbrellas propelled by wind gusts have caused injuries and at least one death, the senators said.
Some expect North Carolina's Democratic governor, Roy Cooper, to veto a state budget that doesn't include Medicaid expansion. Republicans control the legislature but don't have the votes to override a veto.
Supporters of the Texas measure say it would prevent women from regretting an abortion, but abortion rights advocates fear the bill lacks key protections, like a requirement for the counselor to be a licensed medical professional.
There are 65 men and one woman currently sentenced to death in Louisiana. Since 2004, Louisiana has spent well over $200 million on death penalty prosecutions, appeals and housing condemned inmates on death row.