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Royal Dutch Shell said it will end oil exploration in offshore Alaska "for the forseeable future,'' after an exploratory well in the Chukchi Sea failed to yield the oil and gas that was hoped for.  Continue reading.

Four years ago, Gov. Jerry Brown and the Legislature dissolved 400 redevelopment agencies throughout California that provided public subsidies to spur economic development and housing construction in blighted city cores.  On Tuesday, Brown took action to replace the old system with a more limited one that will target downtrodden areas with financial assistance. Continue reading.

Kentuckians will be able to register online in time to vote in next year's presidential elections, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said Tuesday.  Grimes, the state's chief election official, also said online registration will allow Kentucky voters to change their information, such as political party affiliation, on their own computers. Continue reading.

The state began moving toward managed care for Medicaid recipients Tuesday despite a persistent group of dissenters who are arguing that the plan rejects a system run by doctors that for years has helped hold down costs.  Continue reading.

At least 1,263 Tennesseans died last year from opioid overdoses, up 97 deaths from 2013 — a staggering statistic that points to growing abuse despite an array of measures to stem addiction.  It’s an epidemic sweeping across the state, affecting people in both small towns and big cities. Continue reading.

Tiffony Henderson catches a 5 a.m. bus in north Minneapolis every workday. At 6:30, she greets her first customers at a downtown bagel shop with a smile.  But at age 39, after more than a decade in the restaurant business and several stints as a store manager, her pay is stuck at $9.50 an hour even as the cost of living has inched up. “I take pride in my work,” she said. “But there’s many days I wake up and I say, ‘All I’m gonna get is this little check.’ ” Continue reading.

In 2006, John de Graaf was in the middle of turning the book The Motherhood Manifesto, which chronicled some of the harder choices working mothers face, into a documentary film. As part of his research he met Selena Allen, a mother who had delivered her baby boy six weeks prematurely and couldn’t afford to take off more than four weeks -- cobbled together using vacation and sick time -- from her job...Continue Reading
Baltimore has reached a tentative $6.4 million settlement with the family of Freddie Gray, a black man who died from an injury sustained in police custody, city officials said on Tuesday....Continue Reading
D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser said Wednesday that she would allow police officials to withhold some footage captured by body cameras, a move that members of the D.C. Council said backtracked from a proposal she made last month that would have given the public more access to videos....Continue Reading
Thursday, September 10, 2015

Cab Companies Sue State Over Uber, Lyft

Taxi companies in Tallahassee and Fort Lauderdale have sued the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services in the latest attempt to curb the growth of tech companies like Uber and Lyft....Continue Reading