Click here to visit the original story at ProPublica  Over the past decade, states have slashed workers’ compensation benefits, denying injured workers help when they need it most and shifting the costs of workplace accidents to taxpayers. by Michael Grabell, ProPublica, and Howard Berkes, NPR, March 4, 2015 (Photo Credit: Jeff Swensen, ProPublica) Dennis Whedbee’s crew was rushing to…

February 23, 2015 A leukemia patient in California is taking to court a ban on assisted suicide. The issue has never been able to traverse beyond the dissent from voters and state legislatures, so 53-year-old Christie White, along with her lawyers and doctors will open a new avenue for proponents. Though advocates will continue their…

February 6, 2015 State Senator Ed Hernandez of Azusa has proposed Bill 151 which would make California the state with the oldest minimum smoking age in the US. In a statement released last Friday, Hernandez argues that raising the minimum age to 21 will reduce the number children and young adults who become exposed and…

January 26, 2015 “Is your vest like ours, or is it a suicide bombing vest?” In a professional situation, is this ever appropriate banter? What about when it’s being directed towards a muslim co-worker? Elsiddig Elhindi, a 56-year-old Sudanese immigrant, does not think so. His lawyer agrees, and together they are taking his case to…

January 17, 2014 According to a meta study by WalletHub, California ranks as one of the top five states that pose financial risk to drivers. The study essentially looked at the risk placed upon drivers by using the factors of uninsured drivers per capita in addition to the liability requirements of insured drivers. Put more…

December 16, 2014 Experts and analysts are deciding where to place their concern regarding a nearly seven point leap in failure rate for candidates taking the bar exam. The possibilities being considered are whether the bar exam has become more difficult, or the candidates taking the exam are simply less capable. Not since 2005 has…

At the beginning of 2012, a new law took effect which repealed what is known as “open carry” rights in California. Due to Penal Code 26350, it became illegal to carry in public a firearm (with a number of exceptions), whether or not the gun was loaded or being carried out in the open. To…

November 19, 2014 It’s hard to avoid talking about marijuana right now. This recent midterm brought legalized marijuana to two more states, Alaska and Oregon, along with the District of Columbia. That makes 4 states and our capitol who have accepted marijuana as a legal substance. It was nearly 5 states, but Florida’s vote failed…

November 5, 2014 Depending on how you look at it, Berkeley has either succeeded where over 24 cities and states have tried and failed, or failed where the others have succeeded. Berkeley is a suburb of San Francisco and home to one of the best-known California universities, the University of California at Berkeley. The city…

October 27, 2014 The California legislature has decided it’s time to allow undocumented immigrants into professional fields which require licensing. SB 1159 is a bill which will requires the 40 licensing boards overseen by the California Department of Consumer Affairs to disregard the legal status of applicants, and is set to come into effect by…

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