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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.

Oregon's most consequential energy bill in decades — a nationally ambitious plan to wean the state off coal and boost renewable sources — has become law. Continue reading.

More cancer patients in Georgia would be able to receive the same treatment that former President Jimmy Carter says eliminated signs of his disease under a bill given final passage Monday by the state Senate.  House Bill 965 — dubbed the Honorable Jimmy Carter Cancer Treatment Access Act — now goes to Gov. Nathan Deal for his signature to become law.  The bill aims to prevent insurance companies from limiting coverage of drugs for Stage 4 cancer patients. Continue reading.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has urged federal officials to reconsider their denial for funds to help deal with the crisis caused by lead-contaminated water in the city of Flint, his office said on Thursday. Continue reading.

All workers in Minnesota would have access to paid family and medical leave under a new proposal unveiled by a group of Democratic state legislators.  Sen. Katie Sieben and other legislators announced the Paid Family and Medical Leave Act on Monday morning flanked by advocates from around the state. Continue reading.

Nebraskans no longer would have to get a cosmetology license to charge for hair-braiding services, under a bill the Legislature passed Thursday. Legislative Bill 898 would exempt natural hair braiding — including the use of hair extensions and topical agents such as conditioners, gels and shampoos — from state licensing requirements. Continue reading.

In the final hours of their 2016 session, Oregon lawmakers on Thursday approved the last pieces of a bipartisan housing package, including a landmark bill lifting the state's 17-year-old ban on affordable housing mandates. Continue reading.