A wind-driven brush fire in California chewed through hillside communities on the west side of Los Angeles, burning homes and prompting widespread evacuations. The Getty fire rapidly burned more than 600 acres and sent people fleeing.
In a win for Democrats, a panel of judges ruled North Carolina’s 2020 congressional elections must happen under new maps, saying that the current Republican-drawn maps are unfair to many voters. The legislature must now redraw the state’s 13 U.S. House districts.
About 330,000 voter registrations in Georgia could soon be canceled because registrants haven’t participated in elections for several years. The purge comes after Georgia canceled 534,119 registrations in July 2017, the largest single removal of voters in U.S. history.
Oklahoma GOP Gov. Kevin Stitt and legislative leaders told a judge in the state's opioid lawsuit that they believe Oklahoma law requires him to come back year after year and order Johnson & Johnson to pay more money until the opioid crisis has been fully resolved.
Missouri should build a 15-mile track to test the feasibility of tubed transport, recommends a 176-page report from Republican House Speaker Elijah Haahr, who formed a task force on the issue in March.
Wyoming — with the help of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights — has been looking to understand the prevalence of hate and determine whether state and local leaders can do more to fight discrimination.
Hawaii doctors received $4.29 million in total payments from drug companies for promotional talks or consulting work in 2018. The payments raise concerns that drug companies could be encouraging doctors to prescribe pharmaceuticals from a particular company even when another drug may be more beneficial to the patient.
Lawmakers are planning a slate of proposals, some with bipartisan support, to try to change the perceptions of e-cigarettes and help Minnesotans, especially students, better understand the dangers. Among the proposals is raising the age for purchasing tobacco products to 21.
An Anchorage judge has ordered the state of Alaska to allow signature-gathering for a ballot measure that would introduce ranked-choice voting in statewide elections, but the state plans to appeal its defeat to the Alaska Supreme Court.
Utility shut-offs, a hidden measure of the economic struggle for many in Connecticut, have more than doubled in the last four years, according to regulatory records. Advocates say low-income families are being kept in the dark about how to prevent them.
New legislation would allow New Yorkers to bring reusable containers to restaurants or other food establishments to pack up leftovers or take beverages to go. There is currently no law forbidding consumers from bringing their own boxes, cartons or cups to food establishments, but restaurants can ban the practice at will.
Democratic Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker backed legislation to allow college athletes to make money from endorsements. House Republicans are likely to oppose it. The legislation filed by state Rep. Emanuel “Chris” Welch, a Democrat, would put the state in line with California, which has a similar law.