US: Thirteen states sue Trump administration over new rule to limit legal immigration
Some experts say the rule could cut legal immigration in half by denying visas and permanent residency to hundreds of thousands of people if they fail to meet high enough income standards or if they receive public assistance such as welfare, food stamps, public housing or Medicaid.
NY: Hundreds of child sexual abuse lawsuits flood New York courts
Hundreds of New York residents began filing lawsuits on the first day the Child Victims Act took effect. The new state law says that for a year, sexual abuse victims of any age in New York — including, crucially, those whose cases had expired under the old statute of limitations — can take legal action.
NM: Top leaders propose steps to combat domestic terror in New Mexico
New Mexico’s governor, key lawmakers and members of law enforcement announced they will pursue several initiatives to improve the state’s ability to prevent hate crimes and domestic terrorism. The proposals include increasing penalties for hate crimes, improving mental health care, proposing additional gun safety legislation and creating a state counterterrorism unit.
TX: Texas governor launches domestic terrorism task force in wake of El Paso massacre
The Texas task force will analyze current and emerging state threats to improve prevention strategies. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott took similar action — which led to sweeping legislation — after last year’s school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.
CA: California’s largest legal weed farms face conflict in wine country
Unlike food crops, cannabis can’t be sold if there’s any trace of fungicide or pesticide in it, according to California state law. Winemakers are using a more expensive and far less effective spray on the grapevines that are nearest to cannabis farms.
AR: Tofurky asks court to halt enforcement of Arkansas’ meat-labeling law
A plant-based food producer has asked a federal court to temporarily stop Arkansas from enforcing a law that bans labeling vegetarian and vegan products as meat and advertising them as such while litigation is underway.
MA: Meth has taken hold in Massachusetts
Methamphetamine, an illegal drug that has long plagued the West and Midwest, has finally taken hold in Massachusetts, posing a daunting new challenge to a state still grappling with the opioid crisis. Meth has become more available and less expensive in New England, and it is often used in combination with other drugs.
MS: Over 200 applied for chicken plant jobs at job fair after Mississippi ICE raids
More than 200 people applied for jobs at a Mississippi chicken processing plant during a job fair, according to a state official. Koch Foods, one of four companies with plants in six small Mississippi towns, was targeted in a massive federal immigration raid on Aug. 7. It contacted the state employment agency the same day to request its help in hiring workers.
LA: Most Louisiana voters believe in climate change, poll says
The survey of 1,006 likely voters in Louisiana found that 71% believe in climate change, and 80% think more extreme weather will affect future generations. The survey also showed wide support for coastal restoration projects.
MN: Minnesota Supreme Court says forced body cavity search is unconstitutional
The Minnesota Supreme Court overturned a drug possession conviction for a Minneapolis man after concluding that a forced body cavity search violated his constitutional rights to dignity, personal privacy and bodily integrity. The search of Guntallwon Brown’s rectum while he was strapped down and sedated is a violation of the Fourth Amendment, the court ruled.
IL: State seeks to bar former Illinois governor from practicing law
The Illinois panel that licenses and disciplines attorneys has quietly moved to finally take former Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s law license away permanently, more than eight years after he was convicted in a federal corruption case.
OH: Ohio State University seeks to trademark ‘The’ associated with college brand
Ohio State University wants to trademark the word “The” when used “in ways that clearly signify association with Ohio State and its brand.” The trademark could apply to clothing, including T-shirts and hats. The university filed the application with the United State Patent and Trademark Office.
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