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Archive: February 27, 2018

Studies show black youth are disproportionately affected by Florida's policies allowing the shifting of juveniles to adult court. (Pixabay)

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – State representatives in the Florida House are pushing for House Bill 509, a law to prevent juveniles from being tried as adults. The bill would revise the factors that a court must consider before deciding whether a child will be sent to adult court, while also limiting t ...Read More

Payday lending drains tens of millions of dollars from low-income families every year. (Steve Rhodes/Flickr)

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Three Senate Democrats want to know why the acting director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau plans to weaken protections that guard against payday lender wrongdoing. Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., and Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., have se ...Read More

Many South Dakota bakeries and restaurants are currently breaking the law by selling

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PIERRE, S.D. – A Sioux Falls cupcake maker is waiting to learn this week if South Dakota lawmakers will approve a bill that would allow her to reopen her bakery. Holly Boltjes launched "Intoxibakes" last year, but closed after receiving notice that she was breaking the law by selling cupcake ...Read More

Establishing permanent Aging and Disability Resource Centers across Nebraska is the focus of a bill under consideration at the State House. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

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LINCOLN, Neb. – With the state legislative session in full swing, advocates for older adults are hopeful their senators will continue to prioritize policies that support Nebraskans as they age. Among the top priorities for AARP Nebraska is Legislative Bill 1004, which would establish permane ...Read More

Low-snowfall years result in a loss of more 17,000 jobs, according to a new report. (Pixabay)

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DENVER – Winter arrived late in Colorado, and resorts have struggled to make and keep enough snow to attract skiers and snowboarders and the money they bring to the state. According to a new report, warmer winters associated with a changing climate are here to stay, unless large-scale effort ...Read More

The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a case on the DACA program, giving Congress more time to find a solution. (Phil Roeder/Flickr)

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SEATTLE – The Supreme Court has rejected the Trump administration's request to bypass a lower court and hear a case on the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The decision gives a reprieve to more than 700,000 recipients of DACA, including 19,000 in Washington state w ...Read More

President Donald Trump and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee are taking different approaches on drug policy. (Chip Somodevilla/GettyImages)

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SEATTLE – The Trump administration is proposing harsher penalties for drug offenses, even as states such as Washington look for other solutions. According to a report from the news outlet Axios, President Donald Trump has praised countries like the Philippines and Singapore, where drug traf ...Read More

Union leaders say they are pessimistic that the high court will rule in their favor in the Janus vs. AFSCME case. (Kconnors/Morguefile)
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California union leaders are speaking out as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a case that could deal a big financial blow to public-sector unions and the causes they support. Arguments started Monday in Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employe ...Read More

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