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Senate lawmakers on Wednesday set aside a month’s long partisan battle long enough to override changes Gov. Bruce Rauner made to legislation aimed at reducing heroin abuse, but the truce proved to be short-lived when talks turned to the budget stalemate....Continue Reading
Washington state’s Supreme Court has become the first in the nation to decide that taxpayer-funded charter schools are unconstitutional, reasoning that charters are not truly public schools because they aren’t governed by elected boards and therefore not accountable to voters....Continue Reading
The governor of California will sign a bill that will cancel the high school exit exam for 2015.  Thousands of California seniors were in jeopardy of not being able to graduate after the contract between the California Department of Education and the company that provides the exam expired.  Canceling the exam this year will enable these students to graduate and move onto college or the armed forces.
Maryland has become the first state to institute new policing policies aimed at eliminating racial profiling.  The law requires law enforcement agencies to institute and enforce policies that prohibit racial and ethnic profiling during traffic stops.
A North Dakota federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to the 13 states that filed a suit against the Obama Administration over a water regulation.  The regulation, which expands federal jurisdiction over waterways, the states claim would limit the amount of state control over the waterways and submit them to the authority of the Clean Water Act
The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled that children who have entered the state without documentation are eligible to apply for amnesty if they can prove they were abused in their home country.
One of the many issues highlighted by the unrest in Ferguson was the low number of black police officers despite the community being overwhelming Black.   States often face low numbers of black applicants for police exams and are recognizing the importance of police diversity as a way to strengthen relations between police and citizens
A recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine found that women and minorities are still underrepresented in medical specialty fields.  Blacks and Hispanics are represented larger in the areas of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, but tend to have the lowest numbers in orthopedics, radiology, and ear, nose, and throat specialty.

A three-panel judge will hear arguments over redistricting in what has become a three year battle over districts and claims that the Republican-controlled legislature super packed African Americans into districts.
Ohio has reached its goal of contracting with minority-owned businesses in the state.  19 percent of goods and services purchased by the cabinet agencies, commissions, and state agencies used minority-owned businesses.