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Minnesota will offer free GED testing for all residents through at least July 2016, Gov. Mark Dayton announced Thursday. The governor, Education Commissioner Brenda Cassellius and Employment and Economic Development Commissioner Katie Clark Sieben are also proposing new funding to extend free GED testing through 2017. Continue reading.

Police aren’t thought of as first responders who supply a medical remedy. However, in many cases, an ambulance or EMTs aren’t yet in the area. Continue reading.

The city of Newark, New Jersey, and the U.S. Department of Justice have reached a deal to resolve allegations that the city's police department routinely violated civil rights, particularly those of minorities. Continue reading.

A deal to raise California’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2022 was reached Monday by Gov. Jerry Brown and state legislators, making the nation's largest state the first to lift base earnings to that level and propelling a campaign to lift the pay floor nationally. Continue reading.

Jacqueline Cason didn’t expect to be crawling down the stairs of her own damn house at 38 years old. When Cason lived in Mississippi, her asthma was annoying but manageable—a puff from an inhaler now and again. Continue reading.

A federal judge on Thursday formally approved a class-action settlement intended to overhaul the way solitary confinement is used in New York State’s prisons. Continue reading.

More than a dozen state attorneys general gathered in New York earlier this week, ostensibly to announce their support for President Obama’s efforts to combat global warming and to underscore their intention to collaborate on investigations involving climate-related issues. Continue reading.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has signed three bills targeting abortion providers, including one requiring them to follow outdated federal guidelines for the most common abortion drug and prescribe it at much higher doses than needed. Continue reading.

The governor has signed a bill that makes Utah the first state to require doctors to give anesthesia to women having an abortion at 20 weeks of pregnancy or later.  The bill signed by Republican Gov. Gary Herbert Monday is based on the disputed premise that a fetus can feel pain at that point. Continue reading.

A controversial law that criminalizes women who give birth to drug-dependent babies will sunset later this year after a bill in front of a House committee failed Tuesday. Continue reading.