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AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

AP: Public unions see only modest decline after court ruling

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Anticipating that the U.S. Supreme Court might end mandatory union fees for public employees, some labor-friendly states enacted laws last year to protect membership rolls while unions redoubled their recruitment efforts.
Those steps appear to have paid off, at least initially.
Union membership ... (full story)


Officials say it will take Years for medical cannabis sales

Officials say it will take Years for medical cannabis sales

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Despite legislation from 2017 that allowed cannabis to be legal for medical use on July 1 of this year, West Virginia officials say they're still years away from the first sale. That's — at least in part — because of a hangup with finding a banking solution to get around federal law. State ... (full story)


Drug court graduation illustrates many ties to addiction

Drug court graduation illustrates many ties to addiction

The path to recovery from drug and alcohol addiction is a lifelong journey. But along the way there are numerous milestones to celebrate.
Recently, a drug court in Union County Common Pleas Court held one such event that’s become so common for the growing program that it organizes four graduation ceremonies annually.
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Ingham County judge officiates wedding of recovering addict

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — She saw potential.
That's what Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk recalls when she sentenced 18-year-old Corey Warren. He was in her courtroom first for writing unauthorized checks on his grandparents' estate and later for an unarmed robbery at a Tim Horton's.
That was 2008, and Warr ... (full story)


Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

Churches jump into action with threat of immigration sweeps

CHICAGO (AP) — As a nationwide immigration crackdown loomed, religious leaders across the country used their pulpits Sunday to quell concerns in immigrant communities and spring into action to help those potentially threatened by the operation.
A Chicago priest talked during his homily about the compassion of a border activ ... (full story)