WASHINGTON - The glee in Republican-controlled states after the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act ruling in June may give way to a different feeling for state officials: the crushing weight of a full legal offensive from the U.S. Justice Department.
The emergency call came in at 10:47 on a Saturday night: "Woman in Overland Park with difficulty breathing. Code one closest."
WASHINGTON - Every day, 80 to 120 children cross the Texas border illegally - and alone.
WASHINGTON - As Congress considers major revisions to federal immigration laws, legislators in a few states are trying to block the federal government's power to deport immigrants who land in their jails.
WASHINGTON - Hospitals make mistakes, sometimes deadly mistakes. A patient may get the wrong medication or even undergo surgery intended for another person. When errors like these are reported, state and federal officials inspect the hospital in question and file a detailed report.
WASHINGTON - When it comes to red-light cameras, New Jersey Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon says the people in his state have had enough. Nothing, he says, has generated more feedback in his five years as a legislator than his fight against the cameras.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. -Just two states have governors who are physicians. Democrat John Kitzhaber of Oregon is an emergency-room doctor. Republican Robert Bentley of Alabama is a dermatologist. Their states may have little in common, but the medically trained governors have embraced similar Medic…
WASHINGTON - The presidential candidates' tax proposals may lack detail, but one thing is clear: State taxes, which are closely tied to the federal tax code, could change dramatically depending on the outcome of the election.
WASHINGTON - For Ron Briggs, California's ballot initiative to repeal the death penalty isn't just a policy change, but a chance to right the "ineffective legal beast created by California's death penalty laws," which he and his father, then a state senator, helped put in place nearly 40 years ago.
WASHINGTON - Mayor Ken Moore and the elected aldermen of Franklin, Tenn., unanimously approved a resolution this month warning against overbearing central government.
WASHINGTON - A 34-year-old New Jersey man beat odds of more than
32,000-to-1 last month when he correctly picked the winners of 15
National Football League games against the point spread on a $5
wager. He collected $100,000.
WASHINGTON — What was scheduled to be a busy week in the
nation's death chambers instead has offered growing evidence that a
moratorium on lethal injection is materializing across the country
— even as a U.S. Supreme Court justice suggested that some
executions should go on.
WASHINGTON — Lawmakers across the country are doling out tougher
punishments for sex offenders — from satellite tracking to the
death penalty — but a handful of states are starting to ease up on
penalties in cases of youths arrested for sex.