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The United State Supreme Court has ruled in favor of Texas, holding that the state can reject confederate flag license plates because they are state property.  Because license plates are state property and not akin to bumper stickers, the First Amendment does not protect their usage.
The California Labor Commission has ruled that Uber drivers are officially employees despite the company’s argument that it does not set their hours or pick their hours.  The decision has the potential to cost the company severely as it will now have to provide health care, payroll taxes and more.
The Philadelphia City Council recently purchased public vacant lands which will be used to build mixed income housing.  These properties are a part of the City’s efforts to house its residents that cannot qualify for public housing but still have difficulty finding a place to live.
Despite being legalized in the state, the Colorado Supreme Court has ruled employers can terminate their employees for positive drug tests, even if it is medical use marijuana.
An administrative body in Los Angeles issued a mixed ruling in the shooting death of an unarmed Black man, finding that one officer was justified in his shooting but that the other had violated department policy.  The incident occurred after officers tried to restrain the man and he allegedly reach for one of the officer’s gun. 
The Texas police officer caught on video pointing guns at unarmed teens at a pool party has resigned.  The chief of police said the officer was “out of control” after video of him yelling and cursing at teens, and even manhandling and restraining some of them was posted on line.  The teens were at a pool party when neighbors called police to complain about the number of teens at the party.
Miami Beach will become the first city in the U.S. to supply certain public workers with body cameras.  The City Commissioners have moved to provide funding to equip workers in parking enforcement, fire and building inspection and other departments, with body cameras.  Introducing the body cameras, according to the City Manager will improve customer service as well as deter illegal activities.
The Department of Health and Human Services is extending a grant to states to utilize a pilot program that improves the foster placement process.  The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) allows states to exchange information quickly to facilitate interstate foster placement.  So far six states have participated in the program and found the time it took to place children across state lines decreased by 20 to 40 percent.
The New Jersey Supreme Court has held that the governor and the legislature do not have to fulfill the promise to fund the public pensions after Governor Chris Christie vowed to do so.  The governor argued that funding the pensions would lead to a hug fiscal crisis.  The Supreme Court, with reluctance, agreed stating it would violate the debt limitation clause in the New Jersey constitution.
Louisiana is poised to become the 24th state to legalize the medicinal use of marijuana.  The measure is expected to be signed by the Governor Bobby Jindal.  Despite legalizing its use, there is no law that allows for the release of medical marijuana in the state.