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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
Senate lawmakers on Wednesday set aside a month’s long partisan battle long enough to override changes Gov. Bruce Rauner made to legislation aimed at reducing heroin abuse, but the truce proved to be short-lived when talks turned to the budget stalemate....Continue Reading
Washington state’s Supreme Court has become the first in the nation to decide that taxpayer-funded charter schools are unconstitutional, reasoning that charters are not truly public schools because they aren’t governed by elected boards and therefore not accountable to voters....Continue Reading
The governor of California will sign a bill that will cancel the high school exit exam for 2015.  Thousands of California seniors were in jeopardy of not being able to graduate after the contract between the California Department of Education and the company that provides the exam expired.  Canceling the exam this year will enable these students to graduate and move onto college or the armed forces.
Maryland has become the first state to institute new policing policies aimed at eliminating racial profiling.  The law requires law enforcement agencies to institute and enforce policies that prohibit racial and ethnic profiling during traffic stops.