The Los Angeles City Council in California approved a new ordinance that requires proof of vaccination against COVID-19 to enter indoor restaurants, shopping malls, movie theaters, hair and nail salons and many other indoor venues.
A federal judge blocked a new Texas law that banned abortions after six weeks and allowed private citizens to file lawsuits against anyone who facilitated the procedure. Texas immediately appealed the ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
A panel of South Dakota judges will review allegations about Republican Gov. Kristi Noem's intervention to help her daughter obtain a state appraiser license. The panel will determine whether any misconduct occurred.
Arkansas lawmakers gave final approval to legislation requiring employers to let their workers opt out of getting the COVID-19 vaccine, a move opposed by Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, business groups and hospitals.
A state audit found Georgia labor department employees received a daily free meal beginning in March 2020 and continuing for more than a year, violating state purchasing rules. Until it was discontinued this summer, the pandemic-long feast cost taxpayers more than $1.1 million in state and federal money, much of which was earmarked for unemployment benefits.
Hawaii’s COVID-19 crisis has laid bare the serious shortage of nurses in the state, with thousands departing the profession and only a relative handful arriving to replace them.
Former conservative state Supreme Court justice Michael Gableman, who is leading the GOP-backed investigation of the 2020 election in Wisconsin, told the Green Bay Common Council that a subpoena had been or would soon be delivered to the mayors of Green Bay, Milwaukee, Madison, Racine and Kenosha.
Michigan Senate Republicans mistakenly helped Democrats stop a controversial vote. The Senate was voting on Republican-backed bills that would make changes to voting laws when Democrats called for a vote to end session for the day, and apparently some Republicans weren’t aware of what they were voting on and joined Democrats.
Florida’s Department of Economic Opportunity is trying to claw back possibly billions of dollars in non-fraudulent unemployment claims distributed during the first 18 months of the pandemic. Thousands of residents have received stern letters warning them that they face being sent to collections if they don’t reimburse the state.
Entangled in the congressional infrastructure debate, Wyoming’s biggest source of mine cleanup funding expired last week, raising questions about the future of reclamation.
With 68 killings this year, Portland, Oregon, continues on a pace to surpass the most violent year in its modern history—1987, when 70 people were killed. But a stunning pattern of sudden, sometimes indiscriminate shootings sets this wave apart. Fatal shootings in almost all sections of the city have followed fistfights, social media disputes and drug deals gone bad.
Legislators and others who work in the Alaska Capitol will again be required to be tested for COVID-19 regularly. The Legislative Council, which is responsible for the Capitol, updated its COVID-19 safety policy in response to the recent surge in cases.
An attempt by Republican Gov. Mike Parson’s administration to break the union representing Missouri’s prison guards is illegal and must be stopped, a circuit court judge has ruled.
Colorado lawmakers will consider a bill next session that would allow people on bicycles and electric scooters to treat stop signs as yield signs and stoplights as stop signs. Under an existing 2018 law, local governments in Colorado can decide whether to allow the safety stop.
Many more Afghan evacuees are expected to begin arriving soon in Nebraska from military bases, once their vetting and paperwork processes are complete. Meanwhile, refugees displaced from other countries around the world continue to arrive.
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, signed into law a $1.3 billion construction plan to build two 4,000-bed prisons and a new prison for women and renovate other facilities. The bill bypassed the normal bidding process because it allows the state to negotiate directly with entities.
New Jersey will now require all schools in the state to report all COVID-19 testing and vaccination data among students and staff members to the state health department on a weekly basis regardless of where infections occurred, Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy announced.
Delaware homeowners can thank a new method for calculating flood risk for lowering some of their flood insurance premiums after the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced program changes.
Coronavirus vaccines likely prevented the deaths of 2,600 Medicare recipients in New York from January to May, a new study from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services projects. The study also projected that the vaccine reduced hospitalizations among New York Medicare recipients by 6,700.