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Several educators have been convicted for racketeering which stemmed from cheating on tests in an Atlanta school.  Many receive harsh penalties the judge in that case is now reconsidering after hearing hours of testimony from friends and family on the character of the offenders.
A federal judge is questioning an assessment test for new teachers after numbers from the first initial test show a low number of Black and Latino teachers passing.  The judge has asked for an intensive review of the test, its development, impact and other important qualities to determine if there is bias that may be affecting teacher scores.
Arizona governor, Doug Ducey, signed into law a bill that prevents Arizona from setting up its own state exchange.  This will potentially impact the thousands of Arizonans receiving subsidies for health care if the U.S. Supreme Court rules states without a state exchange are ineligible to received health care subsidies.
The controversial welfare bill that has garnered national attention was signed by Kansas Governor Brownback.  The bill is a comprehensive vehicle, the governor states, is aimed at creating more self-reliant individuals by limiting their dependence on welfare, by limiting the amount of money they can withdraw and the products welfare money can be used for.
Kansas lawmakers are considering a measure which will limit what activities and products individuals can use their public assistance dollars for.  The bill, which the governor is rumored to be signing, will prevent individuals from using funds for tattoos, theme parks, certain food options, and other services.
After ban-the-box legislation failed in the Virginia legislature, the governor issued an executive order which would remove questions about prior convictions on job applications for state employment.
New Jersey recently changed its Medicaid benefits law for legal immigrants, only allowing those who had been in the U.S. legally for five years or more to be eligible.  This has ended coverage for thousands and left applicants in limbo.  The matter went all the way up to the state Supreme Court which ruled in favor of the cut for Medicaid recipients.
Kansas has become the first state to ban an abortion procedure commonly used in second trimester abortions.  While the procedure is only used in about 8-9 percent of abortions, similar bans are being considered nationwide.
One man has begun a program in local barbershops to encourage young boys to read and help their reading scores by providing them age-appropriate books they enjoy reading.
In a scene too familiar in the American media, an unarmed man names Walter Scott was shot in the back after running from a police officer who had stopped him for a traffic violation.  It is unclear what prompted the man to run but a passing witness recorded the incident.