Tennessee’s top medical licensing officials are pushing the state government to crack down on doctors and nurses who spread damaging misinformation about the coronavirus vaccines, calling for aggressive probes with the potential to suspend professional licenses and end careers.
Since the summer, care providers have warned Democratic Gov. Kate Brown and state administrators of potentially serious consequences after the pandemic dealt one blow after another to Oregon residential programs and centers that provide mental health and addiction treatment to young people.
Kansas law enforcement agencies have received hundreds of complaints of bias over the past 10 years, but records available to the public show only two alleging racial bias resulted in consequences for officers, an Associated Press examination shows.
The heaviest rainstorm in years pelted Northern California, sparking flood warnings and mudslide alerts for urban and rural residents while evacuation centers were opened in anticipation of disasters. Thousands of residents lost electricity.
After Republican lawmakers in West Virginia and Maryland reportedly met about incorporating some Maryland counties into the Mountain State, West Virginia Republican Gov. Jim Justice said they would be “welcome with open arms.” Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan called the whole thing a publicity stunt.
The small, powerful state agency that polices the conduct of Minnesota lawyers has been roiled for several years by internal strife, leading to an exodus of key employees and an extraordinary intrusion into its inner workings by Supreme Court justices.
Chief Louis Dekmar of the LaGrange Police Department in Georgia started training officers to shoot away from the center of a person’s body because he believes it could reduce fatal police shootings. The effort has elicited criticism from the national law enforcement community.
Many Texas universities—which collectively hold billions of dollars in federal contracts—are wrestling with how to navigate the Biden administration’s mandate that all federal contractors be vaccinated by Dec. 8 in a state that bans vaccine mandates.
Michigan’s 2022 budget threatened to cut funding from health departments that impose school mask mandates, but officials who called the legislature’s bluff say state dollars are arriving anyway.
More than 100 Connecticut executive branch employees are in the process of losing their jobs over their refusal to either get vaccinated for COVID-19 or tested regularly for the disease.
Workers in state licensed day care centers will have to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing under an executive order issued by Illinois Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker. The state estimates the order will apply to about 55,000 workers at nearly 2,900 day care centers.
Some Black Alabama lawmakers and others want to redraw districts to lower the percentage of Black voters in District 7, the only Alabama district with a majority of African Americans. Instead, they would create two districts where Black voters would make up more than 40% of the population.
Multiple investigations into preferential COVID-19 testing that former New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration had provided for the well-connected—including state lawmakers and their families—have stalled, and individuals with intimate knowledge of the practice said they were never interviewed in connection with any of the inquiries.
The Grace Smith Medical Freedom Act, filed by Wyoming GOP lawmakers, would require county and state health officers to grant waivers from coronavirus immunization or face mask use requirements to any K-12 student who requests one.
The Mississippi Joint Legislative Redistricting Committee requires public access for three weeks to allow the public to draw congressional districts.
Wisconsin legislative auditors released a report, ordered by Republican lawmakers, that contended the state Elections Commission should adopt formal rules if it wants to continue to allow cities to have ballot drop boxes—a move that would clear the way for lawmakers to try to bar their use.
Massachusetts legislators have loosened 40-year-old limits on how many hours government retirees can work for a public agency each year while still collecting their taxpayer-funded pension, realizing a change long sought by former employees but derided by critics as too generous.
An effort by Montana’s independent districting commission to reconcile Republican and Democratic proposals for dividing the state into two U.S. House districts slid into a thicket, as public comment split on largely party lines and commissioners yielded only modest ground to their colleagues across the table.
An effort to allow more part-Hawaiian children and grandchildren of Hawaiian homeowners to inherit the properties has stalled in Washington, D.C.
U.S. environmental regulators are expected to base new rules for controlling methane emissions from oil and gas operations on the nation-leading policies of a state that has been tamping down on the potent greenhouse gas for seven years: Colorado.
A long-growing shortage of volunteer firefighters in some parts of the state has reached a critical level that could jeopardize public safety, according to the Virginia Fire Chiefs Association.