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States post yellow alerts to try to nab hit-and-run drivers

States are creating a Yellow Alert system for fatal hit-and-run crashes - similar to an Amber Alert for abducted children - in hopes it will help make it easier for police to track down hit-and-run drivers.... Read more»

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Redistricting battles kick off in state courts

Many states face increased legal wrangling this redistricting cycle - so far, some 49 redistricting suits have been filed in state and federal courts in at least 22 states, and delayed census redistricting data has been the main reason cited in most lawsuits filed so far. ... Read more»

Biden administration opens civil rights probes of 5 GOP-led states banning school mask mandates

Federal education officials have launched civil rights investigations in five Republican-led states that have prohibited school districts from mandating mask-wearing.... Read more»

House rejects extra funding to help tribal courts after McGirt ruling

The House this week rejected a proposal that would have added $154 million to the Bureau of Indian Affairs budget to help tribal courts cope with an influx of cases after a 2020 Supreme Court ruling that expanded tribal jurisdiction. ... Read more»

Nation’s first opioid trial promises long odds, high drama

An Oklahoma trial will provide Americans the first chance to hear the full scope of arguments on both sides in any of the lawsuits claiming that false and aggressive marketing by U.S. painkiller manufacturers caused an opioid overdose crisis.... Read more»

What the Devil won't tell you

State of play: Arizona's school funding rank has barely budged

Whatever was lost to the timing of the end of the teacher walkout will be irrelevant to the broader strategy. Arizona no longer ranks 49th in K-12 spending. With all the new money shoveled into K-12, the state ranks 48th.... Read more»

All aboard the celebration of Tucson’s railroad heritage

Explore the last steam engine used in the Tucson sector at the Southern Arizona Transportation Museum on Locomotive Saturdays.... Read more»

Supreme Court OKs use of lethal-injection drug used in botched Az execution

Use of the drug midazolam in lethal injections does not constitute cruel and unusual punishment, despite its use in botched executions in Arizona and Oklahoma, the Supreme Court ruled this week.... Read more»

Will the Supreme Court’s lethal injection review kill the death penalty?

The Supreme Court is reviewing lethal injection for the first time in seven years. Here’s what it means for the death penalty. ... Read more»

Mexico's drug war

Cartel accused of laundering money through U.S. horse racing

U.S. authorities have accused 14 members of the Mexican Zetas drug cartel of hiding millions of dollars of drug proceeds in a horse racing and breeding operation in the United States.... Read more»

The state of open records laws: access denied

Some open records laws are filled with hundreds of exceptions, buried in state codebooks to the point where it’s difficult to keep track of what the exceptions are and just how they got there.... Read more»

National Parks the focus of planned haze rule

By November, the EPA is supposed to complete a plan that could regulate emissions from dozens of Texas’ industrial plants, with the goal of reducing haze at parks.... Read more»

Analysis

Romney's Super Tuesday wins half-hearted

Turnout was so light for Super Tuesday, the vote appears less than convincing.... Read more»

Report: Tough laws don’t make illegal immigrants ‘self-deport’

Strong family ties, the cost of returning to their native countries and fewer economic opportunities back home have kept illegal immigrants in the U.S., despite strict immigration laws here, a new report claims. The report said tough laws like Arizona’s SB 1070 do not prompt illegal immigrants to “self-deport.”... Read more»5

Analysis

Immigration: Staying put but still in the shadows

Have state anti-immigration bills led to an exodus of unauthorized migrants from the United States as restrictionists have promised?... Read more»1

Biggest quakes on Okla. record rock state

The biggest earthquakes on record in the state of Oklahoma damaged buildings and roads, and injured a handful of people to hospital.... Read more»

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