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Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

Advocates: Supreme Court Will Let $15 Minimum Wage Continue

SEATTLE (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in for the first time Monday on a $15-an-hour minimum wage, signaling it does not plan to stop the movement that is spreading across the nation, worker advocates say. The justices refused to hear a challenge to Seattle’s law, which franchise owners said discriminates against them by […]

Senators Introduce Criminal Justice Overhaul Plan — Again

Senators Introduce Criminal Justice Overhaul Plan — Again

WASHINGTON (AP) — A bipartisan group of senators unveiled legislation on Thursday to give judges more discretion in sentencing offenders, a renewed push to overhaul the nation’s criminal justice system after objections from some conservatives and Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. Legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee last November would allow some nonviolent drug […]

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

Enforcing Higher Minimum Wage Laws Becomes New Challenge

SEATTLE (AP) — States and cities whose lawmakers proudly passed “living wage” laws are finding it difficult to make sure employers actually pay their workers accordingly. Seattle and San Francisco, and the states of Oregon, California and New York are phasing in wage increases that will grow to $15 an hour or more. Evidence of […]

Meet a Man Who Backs Nonviolent Offenders Returning to Society

Meet a Man Who Backs Nonviolent Offenders Returning to Society

WASHINGTON (AP) — Twenty years after being busted for cocaine trafficking, Daryl Atkinson is the public face of the Justice Department’s efforts to help convicted felons re-enter society. Atkinson finished college and earned a law degree after spending three and a half years behind bars for his drug crimes. Now, he’s joined the Justice Department […]

Ferguson Reform of Police, Courts and Laws Receives Judge’s OK

Ferguson Reform of Police, Courts and Laws Receives Judge’s OK

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Reforms are expected to begin quickly in Ferguson now that a federal judge has approved a settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and the city where 18-year-old Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. Federal Judge Catherine Perry issued her ruling Tuesday approving the agreement after a lengthy […]

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