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Michigan's government on Monday released goals to help the city of Flint recover from a health crisis caused by the lead contamination of its drinking water.  The plan, involving several state agencies, is meant to address water infrastructure shortcomings and the health of children who have tested for high lead levels in their blood, expand support in Flint schools and boost economic development for the city, Governor Rick Snyder said. Continue reading.

Instead of divesting from oil companies, the nation's largest pension fund is trying to make all companies more environmentally friendly from within.  In an effort to highlight the potential impacts of global warming, the nation’s largest public pension fund is asking corporations to include climate change experts on their governing boards. Continue reading.

Whenever Jamison Rich got thirsty after gym or recess, he took a drink from the nearest water fountain at his elementary school.  Only last month did his family learn that the water bubbling out of some fountains contained high levels of lead, a notorious toxin that can silently damage developing brains and slow growth in little bodies like his.  Continue reading.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Tampon Tax Relief Passes Senate

Women in Mississippi could soon see a tax break when it comes to feminine hygiene products.  Sen. Hillman Frazier, D-Jackson, introduced an amendment to Senate Bill 2053 that would exempt feminine hygiene products from sales tax. SB 2053 revises the exemption for durable medical equipment and home medical supplies. Continue reading.

Spurred by lawsuits and a growing understanding of the population’s challenges, some states are making detention centers safer for and more accepting of LGBT youth.  Ten years ago, Hawaii saw the nation’s first lawsuit specifically addressing the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth in juvenile detention facilities. Continue reading.

A state program that aims to make clean vehicles more accessible to California drivers will soon implement increased incentives for low- and moderate-income consumers.  At the same time, the program will institute an income cap restricting the eligibility of relatively high-income green car buyers.  Continue reading.

The former mayor and former emergency manager of Flint both blamed the dangerously high lead levels in the city's water on state and federal officials, according to testimony released on Monday that is to be delivered at a hearing in Washington this week. Continue reading.

The Ferguson, Missouri city council may approve an agreement on Tuesday that it reached with the U.S. Justice Department to reform the city's police department following the 2014 shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Continue reading.

Voting rights advocates and the state of Nevada settled a lawsuit today over the state’s implementation of a federal law aimed at registering low-income voters.  Under terms of the settlement, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services will provide each of its clients a voter registration application, help them fill out the forms and send the applications to state election officials. Continue reading.

Liberal-leaning Vermont could become the first U.S. state to legalize recreational marijuana use through legislation, rather than by voter initiative, in a move that advocates for the drug say could speed its acceptance across the nation. Continue reading.