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A controversial plan to limit carbon dioxide emissions in Oregon that failed a year ago is back, jostling with another ambitious plan from environmental groups and utilities at this year's month-long legislative session in Salem. Continue reading.

The bitter dispute about North Carolina’s elections laws returned to a federal courtroom here on Monday as the state’s voter identification requirement went on trial. Continue reading.

The Justice Department and city of Ferguson, Mo., have reached a tentative agreement to revamp the city's troubled police operation by altering the agency's deadly force policies, requiring new ethics training and recruiting a more diverse officer rank, municipal and Justice officials said Wednesday. Continue reading.

In Roseau, Minnesota, there are good-paying jobs at the Polaris snowmobile factory. But a dearth of moderately priced housing means there are few places for the company’s managers and engineers to live. Continue reading.

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.