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A Proposal to Protect Referees From Angry Parents

A Wisconsin lawmaker, who is also a youth umpire, wants to increase penalties for harassing or intimidating sports officials, a move he hopes will improve recruitment and retention in the field of athletics.

Death Penalty Used by an Increasingly Small Number of States

Seven states executed 22 inmates this year, the second lowest number of executions since 1991.

Supreme Court Declines to Consider Homeless Camping Ban Case

The high court is leaving in place an appellate court ruling that found it was unconstitutional to prosecute homeless people for sleeping in public outdoors when no shelter was available.

In a County Jail, 'The Barracks' Aims to Give Veterans Resources and Hope

At the Gwinnett County Jail in Georgia, inmates who previously served in the military can choose to join a veterans-only housing unit that offers structure and tailored programming.

Seven Cities in a Snowy State Ban Snowballs. Now One is Poised to Reverse Course

A handful of Wisconsin cities have identically worded ordinances that ban snowball fights in public places. After going viral for their policy, officials in Wausau are ready to change it.

The New First Responder Crisis: Not Enough Dispatchers

COMMENTARY | What can governments do to recruit and keep the “first” first responders?

Don’t Make Intimate Violence Victims Look for Help

COMMENTARY | Research shows victims fare better when police and community organizations coordinate assistance.

A Move to Allow Digital Driver’s Licenses as a Legal Form of ID

Under a Colorado program, bars and other businesses will have the choice of whether or not to accept them. Similar initiatives are taking shape in other states.

How a Community Apologized for Failing to Stop a Predator

Police in Meridian Township, Michigan, dismissed a 2004 complaint against gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, a decision that allowed him to continue abusing young women for a decade. Then they went public with their mistake.

Restore Pell Grant Eligibility to Incarcerated Students

COMMENTARY | The National District Attorneys Association, the largest group representing prosecutors, supports federal grant funding for prisoners to get college degrees.

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Cities, States Urge Supreme Court to Hear Homeless Camping Ban Case

After a Boise, Idaho law that prohibits sleeping in public spaces was ruled unconstitutional by an appellate court, some local governments are raising concerns about how they can now legally address problems stemming from homeless people living on the streets.

Arrests of 6-Year-Olds Show the Perils of Putting Police in Elementary Schools

COMMENTARY | About one-third of America's elementary schools have a school police officer on hand. Do these officers make schools safer, or are they turning primary schools into mini police precincts?

Dispatching a 'Battle Buddy' to Help Distressed Veterans

An initiative in Joliet, Illinois, sends police officers with military experience to respond to calls for service involving veterans who need help.

Facial Recognition Software Incorrectly Flags 26 State Lawmakers as Criminals, ACLU Says

One California lawmaker said a recent test of Amazon's technology is proof that it should be kept from body-worn police cameras. The company says the testing method used by the ACLU wasn't fair.

Ohio Governor Urges State to Seize 'Window of Opportunity' on Gun Laws

Two days after a mass shooting in Dayton, Gov. Mike DeWine called for the state legislature to pass a “red flag” law, toughen background checks, and improve access to the state’s mental health system.

White-Nationalist Terrorism Must Be Stopped

COMMENTARY | Conservatives have not been afraid to confront extremism in our world, and we must not be afraid to confront terrorism here at home.

Two Mayors on the Mass Shootings in Dayton and El Paso

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | No more disposable water bottles in San Francisco airport … Challenging new voting law in Florida … A hold on Puerto Rico’s disaster money.

The Hidden Challenges in Police Use of Facial Recognition Technology

The Orlando Police Department ended its pilot program involving facial recognition technology this month, saying the agency was unable to devote the necessary resources to the program.

Marijuana Banking Legislation Gets Attention in U.S. Senate

Meanwhile, Democrats have introduced bills in both chambers of Congress that would decriminalize cannabis at the federal level.