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Voters in as many as four states in November will consider higher levies on their wealthiest residents as income inequality steers liberal activists and politicians toward more progressive taxation. Continue reading.

A judge found police officer Edward M. Nero not guilty of all criminal charges in the case of Freddie Gray, whose death last year in police custody sparked riots and widespread anger in the city. Continue reading.

In many states, extra punishment is meted out to those who commit crimes against others because of their race or religion. Such hate-crime laws elevate the heinousness of crimes in which people are targeted because of their identity, their belonging to a group. Continue reading.

Colorado pot smokers are helping send 25 students to college, the first scholarships in the U.S. funded with taxes on legal marijuana. Continue reading.

Fueled by sexual abuse allegations against comedian Bill Cosby and the Catholic Church, and other high-profile cases dating back decades, state legislators across the country are considering lengthening or eliminating statutes of limitations on rape. Continue reading.

The numbers of minority FBI agents are continuing to drop at a slow clip, according to newly released statistics, but FBI Director James Comey says the bureau is working aggressively to reverse the decline. Continue reading.

Drinking is more likely to be the cause of death in much of the Southwest than in other parts of the country. In parts of Appalachia and New England, it’s a drug overdose. Suicide by gun stands out as disproportionately lethal in parts of the Upper Midwest and Alaska. Continue reading.

California's schools are going to have to answer for more than just test scores, by the year after next. The state may also judge them on suspension rates, graduation rates, attendance and the rate at which students who are still learning English are becoming proficient. Continue reading.

Nearly 1,000 nonviolent drug offenders will be eligible for early release from Iowa prisons over the next five years as part of a sentencing reform bill that Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law Thursday. Continue reading.

When Chené Marshall got into a fight in high school, she assumed she might be suspended. Instead, the police arrested her.  Then a 17-year-old junior with no criminal record, she did not realize that Louisiana was in the dwindling minority of states where all 17-year-olds are treated as adults by the criminal justice system. Continue reading.

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