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Free college is not just a pipe dream in this country.  In his State of the Union address, President Obama called for free two-year community college, which was met with applause, but his proposal is not new. Continue reading.

If Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey makes good on her threat to sue Gilead Sciences Inc. for overcharging for its hepatitis C drugs, her case probably will rely on an untested legal theory that could be applied widely to other specialty pharmaceuticals. Continue reading.

Texas prison psychiatrist Pradan Nathan recalls an unsettling face-to-face session with a dissatisfied patient about a dozen years ago at a maximum security prison in East Texas. The large man, a member of a notorious prison gang, insisted Nathan prescribe him a particular medication. Nathan said he didn’t need it. Continue reading.

Nevada is currently embroiled in an enormous controversy over rooftop solar power. With a recent decision, regulators have cut off the state's burgeoning solar industry at the knees, enraging customers and sending solar companies fleeing the state. Continue reading.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

5 States Shaking Up Medicaid in 2016

In his last full year in office, President Obama is eager to cement his legacy of making more low-income Americans eligible for subsidized health care. Standing in his way are the 19 Republican-led states that have declined to expand Medicaid. That's why last week he proposed a new incentive for them to change their minds: more money. Continue reading.

Police across Illinois would need a warrant to use controversial cellphone trackers under a measure Democratic lawmakers will unveil Wednesday, a move that comes a little more than week after a judge ruled the Chicago Police Department must turn over records regarding its use of the secret tracking system. Continue reading.

A small group of Alabama officials is pushing for a clearer legal definition of “moral turpitude,” a change that could restore voting rights to some ex-felons. Continue reading.

A group of Democratic lawmakers in Washington have announced a proposal to make community college and technical college free for state residents without a bachelor’s degree. Continue reading.

When Milwaukee resident Linda Hopgood found out last summer she was about to lose her food stamp benefits, she immediately started looking for work. But she said she quickly became discouraged by employers telling her she did not have the skills they were looking for. Continue reading.

Thursday, January 21, 2016

The States with Declining Populations

Most states are gaining residents, but a few have lost population in recent years. None are seeing major losses, but it looks as if some states' populations will continue to stagnate or slowly decline in the years to come. Continue reading.