A report commissioned by Democratic Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon following the shooting death of Michael Brown, a black teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson recommends changes in a variety of areas, in an attempt to address racial inequities highlighted by mass demonstrations over the past year.
Republican Gov. Sam Brownback says a new formula for funding Kansas’ 286 public school districts should focus on how the districts spend their money, create incentives to shift dollars into classroom instruction and encourage merit pay for teachers.
Republican Gov. Paul LePage, frustrated with “aggressive regulatory overreach” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over Maine’s tribal waters, has threatened to relinquish key powers granted to the state under the federal Clean Water Act. Maine would be the first state to give such powers back to the federal government.
California lawmakers have sent a scaled-back carbon-emissions reduction bill to Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk. The bill requires the state to increase the proportion of electricity derived from renewable sources and increase efficiency in natural gas and electricity use.
Twenty of 39 Louisiana senators and 49 of 105 House members drew no opponents during the three-day candidate registration period that ended last week. Their names won't appear on the Oct. 24 ballot because they were deemed “elected unopposed.”
With an estimated half-million dollars’ worth of marijuana grown in the District of Columbia’s first legal pot harvest, government officials and police are left dealing with a disconnect between growers and users. The drug is legal in the city, but sales of it are not.
The ouster of UCare as an insurer in most of Minnesota’s public health care programs could have an unintended consequence: a squeeze on the training of much-needed family practice doctors in the state.
Senior officials of a New York state anticorruption commission shut down last year by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo have told federal prosecutors they thought he and his staff intervened in its operations in a manner that led them to question the independence of the panel, the prosecutors said in a recent letter.
A Wyoming legislative committee is set to consider a resolution that would endorse genetically modified foods as safe and effectively call on Congress to pass pending legislation specifying that only federal agencies—not individual states—may regulate them.
The Kentucky clerk who went to jail rather than issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples returns to work, where her deputies have been issuing the licenses in her absence. Whether the Rowan County clerk, Kim Davis, allows them to continue will determine whether the national controversy over her religious objection to same-sex marriage will wind down.
Four inmates died and three others remained hospitalized after a fight broke out at a privately owned prison in Oklahoma.
The switch to paying West Virginia state employees biweekly rather than twice a month could end up costing the state more than $47 million in increased salary costs and $22.5 million in pension benefits over the next decade, lawmakers were told.
Ohio’s state colleges and universities are turning to academic advisers as key to achieving the results state lawmakers require for state funding, such a graduating more students with degrees and on time.