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Protests returned to Ferguson, MO following the death of Maryland man Freddie Gray.  Protests and demonstrations have been raging in Baltimore after Gray’s death while in police custody.  Ferguson protests were in the streets chanting “No justice, No peace. No racist police.”
The Maryland legislature passed several bills this session aimed at helping those formerly incarcerated find new opportunities post release.  Some of these measures include expungement, voting rights restoration, and repealing mandatory minimum drug sentencing, were introduced by members of the Legislative Black Caucus of Maryland.
Georgia became the 36th state to allow for the possession of cannabis oil.  Those suffering from one or more eight serious conditions outlined in the bill will be able to use cannabis oil for treatment.  The measure will allow some individuals who have moved to other states in order to be able to use cannabis oil to return home and to their families.
The family of Michael Brown, the young African-American who was killed last year in Ferguson, MO, is filing a wrongful death suit against the police officer who shot him, the former Chief of Police and the City.
Oklahoma geologists released a report tying the state’s drilling activities to recent earthquakes that have been hitting the state.
Following the death of Freddie Gray, an unarmed Black man who police chased on a bicycle, and died in police custody, residents of Baltimore have taken to the streets in protest against police brutality.  Protests have reached a heated peak with some protestors turning to destruction of property and physical attacks against police officers.
Accenture, a management consulting and technology firm, recently conducted a survey of 2000 adults on their interactions with police and their thoughts on police.  The survey also asked what things police could do to improve relations between citizens and the police.
The Wisconsin legislature has advanced a bill in the Senate that will create strict regulations for ridesharing companies like Uber and Lyft.  Local governments have passed rules in an attempt to make ridesharing accessible for both riders and drivers.
The Texas House is taking to steps to plug the public pension hole.  Several states are addressing funding issues for their public pensions this year.  The bill would increase contributions for state employee pension funds.  Texas would also increase its contributions to the funds.
Several educators have been convicted for racketeering which stemmed from cheating on tests in an Atlanta school.  Many receive harsh penalties the judge in that case is now reconsidering after hearing hours of testimony from friends and family on the character of the offenders.