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Florida, North Carolina, and Virginia are facing litigation on redistricting maps.  Claims brought mostly by Democratic-led groups have found their way to the state Supreme Court in an effort to end partisan gerrymandering and super-packing minorities into districts.
The Urban Institute conducted a study to determine where inequality is most severe down to the neighborhoods.  Inequality, which was measured by income, college attainment, home ownership, and average housing value, was greatest in areas with larger populations.
New York City Council has introduced nine bills aimed at improving police practices.  Most notably, one bill would make the use of chokeholds, which are already banned, illegal.  Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, expressed some pushback against the bills arguing they were redundant or address concerns that are already being changed within the police department.
A report by the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University found there has been a decline in homeownership in recent years.  It dropped to 63.7 % the lowest it’s been in two decades.  The decline has been attributed to costs, region, and other variables.
According to a study by the Center for Technology and Civic Life, 79 % of the nation’s elected state and local prosecutors are white men.  A lack of diversity paired with community distrust of law enforcement and the court system is partly responsible for the dearth of racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.
Much like larger metropolitan areas, rural towns have homeless.  Nonprofit organizations often provide resources and supplies to homeless individuals; however it is often difficult to track where they are.  States are taking steps to solve the issue of rural homelessness by working with these organizations and the federal government.
A study has found that state-run insurance programs may be placing too heavy restrictions on Hepatitis C treatments.  Sovaldi, which is the only drug currently on the market, that provides the best treatment options for those with Hepatitis is incredibly expensive costing nearly $85,000 for a 12-week trial.  For states that provide the drug there are many stipulations, such as it must be prescribed by a specialist, which may prevent low-income sufferers from obtaining treatment. 
After a 7-year review, New York State has decided to ban fracking.  The Department of Educational Conservation issued a document that would finally ban fracking in the state.  The ban is not permanent and is expected to be challenged by fracking supporters.
Ohio and a few other states have filed lawsuits against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over their new water regulations.  The suits allege the EPA overstepped their authority and that the new regulations give the EPA too much power over the state’s bodies of water.
The Confederate flag has been in the news recently following, the church massacre that occurred in South Carolina earlier this month.  South Carolina is one of few states that still fly the Confederate flag at their state house.  Since then, there has been talk in the remaining states where the flag still plays a role.