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Inmate Killed Herself One Day Before Parole Hearing. Now California Will Pay $1.5 Million Criminal Justice
Inmate Killed Herself One Day Before Parole Hearing. Now California Will Pay $1.5 Million

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Erika Rocha was 15 when she was accused of shooting the operator of a Southern California group home in February 1996. She was charged with attempted murder and set to be tried as an adult when she... Read More

State Attorneys General Sue To Block New Immigration Rule Immigration
State Attorneys General Sue To Block New Immigration Rule
2019-08-16 19:11:11
by Tom Ramstack

The attorneys general from 13 states filed a lawsuit this week to block a new Trump administration rule that makes it harder for immigrants receiving public assistance to get green cards for permanent residency. The lawsuit is pending in federal... Read More

Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes Immigration
Katko, Brindisi Launch Bipartisan Effort to Address Lake Ontario Woes
2019-08-15 20:24:06
by Dan McCue

WASHINGTON - Representatives John Katko and Anthony Brindisi have launched a bipartisan effort to hold the international commission that manages outflows from Lake Ontario accountable for recent historic flooding. Katko, a Republican, and Brindisi, a Democrat, have gotten the Government... Read More

California To Ban Pesticide Trump’s EPA Rescued From Elimination State News
California To Ban Pesticide Trump’s EPA Rescued From Elimination

LOS ANGELES — California regulators on Wednesday took formal legal steps to ban a widely used pesticide that had been rescued from elimination by the Trump administration despite links to developmental disorders. The move by the state Environmental Protection Agency... Read More

Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections Voting
Federal Judge Bans Paperless Voting Machines in Georgia for 2020 Elections
2019-08-15 17:04:02
by Dan McCue

A federal judge on Thursday ordered Georgia to stop using its "unsecure ... and grossly outdated" voting machines after this year and to have hand-marked paper ballots at the ready if new, more secure machines aren't in place by the... Read More

Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions State News
Ohio State Lawmaker Wants to Use Seized Fentanyl in Executions

COLUMBUS, Ohio — An Ohio lawmaker intends to introduce a bill to allow state prison officials to used seized fentanyl to execute prisoners residing on death row. In a Monday evening email to his colleagues, state Rep. Scott Wiggam, a... Read More

New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bid For Redistricting Commission State News
New Hampshire Governor Vetoes Bipartisan Bid For Redistricting Commission
2019-08-13 23:06:21
by Dan McCue

New Hampshire's Republican governor, Chris Sununu vetoed a bipartisan bill Friday that would have created an independent redistricting commission to draw the state's legislative and congressional district maps following the 2020 elections. In a letter explaining his veto, Sununu said... Read More

Trump Crackdown on Legal Immigrants Could Damage California Economy, Experts Say State News
Trump Crackdown on Legal Immigrants Could Damage California Economy, Experts Say

LOS ANGELES — The Trump administration’s new immigration crackdown — which could deny green cards to immigrants who use Medicaid, food stamps, housing vouchers or other forms of public assistance — would have major ramifications on the California economy, experts... Read More

NC Governor Announces Gun Safety Measures, Calls For Action State News
NC Governor Announces Gun Safety Measures, Calls For Action

GREENSBORO, N.C. — North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper said Monday that he signed an executive directive meant to strengthen background checks for gun buyers. Cooper said he signed the directive to his Cabinet agencies to “build on the work we... Read More

'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston State News
'Choose Your Ride' Drunk Driving Vehicle a Minor Sensation in North Charleston
2019-08-09 23:10:03
by Dan McCue

North Charleston Police Chief Reggie Burgess knew he had to do something. In 2016, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced South Carolina led the nation in drunk driving fatalities, with 44% of all auto accident deaths involving at least... Read More

At Annual Summit, State Republicans Balk at New Gun Control Laws State News
At Annual Summit, State Republicans Balk at New Gun Control Laws

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Many Republican state lawmakers don’t seem to have an appetite for taking up new gun control legislation despite last weekend’s mass shootings. Hundreds of legislators from across the country gathered in Nashville for the annual meeting of... Read More

Orange County, Longtime GOP Stronghold, Now Has More Registered Democrats Political News
Orange County, Longtime GOP Stronghold, Now Has More Registered Democrats

LOS ANGELES — Orange County, Calif., long a Republican stronghold, has officially turned blue. The county that nurtured Ronald Reagan’s conservatism and is the resting place of Richard Nixon is now home to 547,458 registered Democrats, compared with 547,369 Republicans,... Read More

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