| Aug 11, 2014
| 5:00 AM
California, like the rest of the nation, is slowly rousing itself after a generation-long binge of harsh and unthinking criminal sentences, especially for nonviolent crimes such as drug possession and sale. Our morning-after realizations include the...
| Jun 19, 2014
You've heard of Lyme disease, a bacterial infection caused by a bite by an infected tick. There's a good chance you know someone who has had it. From 2002-2012, more than 46,000 Pennsylvanians were diagnosed with the disease. While we don't have rates...
| Sep 18, 2014
| 5:28 PM
The 2010 federal healthcare reform law let states expand Medicaid, the joint federal-state health insurance program for the poor, largely at federal expense. California is one of 27 states that have taken up Washington's offer, and well over 1 million...
| Jun 21, 2013
Funding for the state certified farmers market program will likely expire at the end of December as a result of legislative maneuvering in Sacramento. The interruption may be just a month or so, and farmers markets would continue to exist during that...
| Jun 4, 2013
| 9:26 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill Tuesday shifting more of Florida's national mortgage-settlement dollars into programs targeting the homeless, low-income college students and foreclosure-clogged courts.
The bill is the product of a...
| Apr 22, 2014
| 8:47 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- With just days left before calling it quits, the Florida Senate is reviving debate over whether to allow the state's main school-voucher program to grow its enrollment base in exchange for stronger accountability of students and...
| Aug 20, 2013
| 2:07 PM
TALLAHASSEE – Gov. Rick Scott and the Cabinet are taking umbrage with President Barack Obama's “navigators” program intended to guide people through the requirements of the new Affordable Care Act, saying it lacks privacy protections....
| Sep 25, 2013
| 7:21 AM
TALLAHASSEE -- Two Florida lawmakers have filed the first of what's likely to be a series of measures looking at the state's sex offender laws.
State Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, and Sen. Kelli Stargel, R-Lakeland, filed legislation that would...
| Mar 6, 2014
| 6:58 AM
TALLAHASSEE – Florida may beef up penalties for poachers who harvest shark fins in state waters, but a Senate panel on Thursday gutted a broader effort to restrict the trafficking in fins for the dwindling population.
Shark meat and fin sales in...
| Jun 15, 2013
| 9:52 PM
SACRAMENTO — A battle is raging over a California program that grants businesses tax breaks for creating jobs but prevents the public from knowing who got them and why.
At issue are enterprise zones, which were established to boost employment in...
| Aug 2, 2013
| 6:00 AM
It's arguably never been a better time to be a dance music fan — or in the dance music business — in Los Angeles than right now.
The annual Hard Summer festival this weekend will draw an estimated 70,000 electronic music fans over two days...