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Dylan Roof, the man charged with the deaths of nine members of an AME church has been indicted on federal charges, including hate crimes.  The Department of Justice will be pursuing a case against Roof, it is not yet clear if they will be seeking the death penalty.
In an attempt to fulfill his promise to close Guantanamo Bay, President Barack Obama is committed to vetoing bills that make it harder to close the detention center.
Hepatitis C, which is spread through blood, has seen more treatment options in the last year. Kentucky is facing a growing population of Hep C sufferers among IV drug users.
The Ferguson Police Department has selected a new police commander.  Andre Anderson, will be serving as the interim police chief in Ferguson.  The previous police chief stepped down following protests and national attention surrounding the death of unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown.
A week after Sandra Bland, an African American woman who was stopped by police for not using a turn signal was found dead in a jail, protestors have taken to the streets.  The young woman was arrested for allegedly assaulting a police officer and was held in jail for three days before committing suicide the officers stated.  In what seems to be a running trend, protestors are demanding answers in what looks like a suspicious death in police custody.
With the exception of Maine and Vermont, every state has some form of felony disenfranchisement.  These laws prevent those who are currently incarcerated, on probation, or on parole from voting.  Some states are now considering measures that would reopen voting to those formerly incarcerated.
The Governor of Alaska, Bill Walker, announced that he will be expanding Medicaid through an executive order after failing to get the legislature to expand Medicaid.  Expansion would provide over 40,000 Alaskans with health coverage.
A new measure allows the families of those with disabilities to deposit up to $100,000 in savings account without causing them to lose their Supplemental Security Income benefits.  The bill increased the amount from $2,000.
Wisconsin Governor and Presidential candidate Scott Walker filed a lawsuit against the federal government to allow Wisconsin to drug test food stamps applicants.  The plan would require applicants without any dependents, to be tested for drugs.
Litigation on North Carolina’s election law changes started recently.  Litigation was intitated by civil rights groups who allege the 2013 laws discriminated against Black voters.  Changes in the law include reduced early voting, elimination of same-day registration and ending preregistration for high school students.
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