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The first Hispanic Supreme Court justice has been on the bench for nearly five years but had never written an opinion addressing race in America until today.
A Supreme Court decision on upholding U.S. rules that curb air pollution that floats across state lines was seen as a boost for the Environmental Protection Agency's upcoming plan to crack down on carbon emissions from power plants.
The President Barak Obama administration announced that it is developing new rules aimed at improving schools by focusing on the training that teachers receive before they enter the classroom — an idea that met with a mix of cautious support and questions from Maryland's leading schools of education.
In state capitals across the country, legislators are debating proposals to roll back environmental rules, prodded by industry and advocacy groups eager to curtail regulations aimed at curbing greenhouse gases.
The Florida House approved a bill that would let teachers pack heat at school.
Critics worried that the Supreme Court’sdecision this week, upholding Michigan’s ban on race as a factor in university admissions, could hurt minority enrollment in other states with similar bans like Arizona.
Nurse practitioners will have to wait to gain independence in patient care following Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman's veto of a bill to lift state restrictions. But backers of the bill vowed to try again next year and expressed confidence that they will succeed.
Nearly 12,000 voters used Georgia's new online registration system by Monday's deadline, causing state officials to declare it a success as they prepare for the May 20 primary election. The final tally — officially at 11,970 — more than doubled the goal of Secretary of State Brian Kemp's office.
The fight over last year's expansion of the state Medicaid program is still alive, as the state Court of Appeals ruled this morning that lawmakers have standing to dispute the move. The court sent the legal challenge by three-dozen Republican lawmakers who opposed expanding Medicaid back to Maricopa County Superior Court to decide if the lawmakers' argument that the expansion required a two-thirds majority vote is valid.
The Justice Department is broadening the criteria it will use in evaluating clemency petitions from certain federal prisoners and expects the changes to result in thousands of new applications, Attorney General Eric Holder. The new criteria, which will be detailed later this week and are aimed at inmates serving time for nonviolent drug offenses.