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A North Dakota federal judge granted a preliminary injunction to the 13 states that filed a suit against the Obama Administration over a water regulation.  The regulation, which expands federal jurisdiction over waterways, the states claim would limit the amount of state control over the waterways and submit them to the authority of the Clean Water Act
The Supreme Court of New Jersey has ruled that children who have entered the state without documentation are eligible to apply for amnesty if they can prove they were abused in their home country.
One of the many issues highlighted by the unrest in Ferguson was the low number of black police officers despite the community being overwhelming Black.   States often face low numbers of black applicants for police exams and are recognizing the importance of police diversity as a way to strengthen relations between police and citizens
A recent study published in the Journal of American Medicine found that women and minorities are still underrepresented in medical specialty fields.  Blacks and Hispanics are represented larger in the areas of family medicine, obstetrics and gynecology and pediatrics, but tend to have the lowest numbers in orthopedics, radiology, and ear, nose, and throat specialty.

A three-panel judge will hear arguments over redistricting in what has become a three year battle over districts and claims that the Republican-controlled legislature super packed African Americans into districts.
Ohio has reached its goal of contracting with minority-owned businesses in the state.  19 percent of goods and services purchased by the cabinet agencies, commissions, and state agencies used minority-owned businesses. 
California legislators supported by the California Teachers Association are pushing legislation that would make kindergarten mandatory.  Only sixteen states and the District of Columbia mandate kindergarten
In a step towards improving juvenile justice, NJ legislators passed a bill that raised the age for minors to be tried as an adult from 14 to 15 years old, with the exception of certain crimes.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has weighed in local court on behalf of litigants who have lost their cases because of poor representation.   DOJ has also waded into cases where individuals accused of terrorism have argued that their constitutional rights have been infringed.  The Obama administration has gotten involved in cases where civil rights have been questioned.
Illinois enacted a comprehensive body camera bill in an attempt to revamp police interactions.  The bill sets statewide standards for use of the cameras, and also expands police officer training to include use of force and requires an independent investigation of all officer-involved deaths. It also prohibits chokeholds and creates a database of officers who have been fired or resigned due to misconduct.