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Indiana’s First Church of Pot

Indiana Church of PotBe careful what you wish for: A ‘church of cannabis’ is the latest unintended consequence of the right’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act madness.  Hoosiers, get your Hookahs.

In the latest Unintended Consequence of the “Religious Freedom” laws now sweeping the country, an Indiana church today was granted tax-exempt status by the IRS. But not just any church: The First Church of Cannabis, which proposes to exploit Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA) to smoke pot at its services.


Nebraska lifts ban on driver's licenses for young illegal immigrants

Nebraska allows driving permits to illegalsThe Nebraska Legislature voted on Thursday to end its ban on issuing driver’s licenses to the children of illegal immigrants.

Lawmakers in the unicameral state legislature voted 34-10 to approve the motion, according to The Lincoln Journal Star.

Thursday’s vote ended Nebraska’s stance as the only state forbidding driver’s licenses for young illegal immigrants, whom immigration advocates call "dreamers." It also marked a stunning defeat for Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R), a fierce critic of the measure.


Austin judge expected to plead guilty to 2 counts in weapons case

Judge Time WrightTim Wright, the Williamson County court-at-law judge charged with peddling firearms to a felon, is expected to plead guilty to two of nine counts stemming from his side business selling and exhibiting guns.

In new records filed in a federal court in Austin, Wright admitted to dealing in firearms without a license, selling more than 60 weapons from June 1, 2014 to Dec. 15, 2014. He also is confessing to making false statements to law enforcement agents, according to a plea agreement entered late Wednesday.


FCA, Honda, BMW expand recalls of vehicles with Takata air bags

Takata recallFiat Chrysler Automobiles, Honda Motor Co and BMW on Thursday expanded recalls of vehicles with potentially deadly air bags made by Takata Corp, after the Japanese manufacturer last week boosted the number of vehicles affected to 53 million globally.

The recalls announced on Thursday are part of that widened Takata recall. Of the worldwide figure, 34 million vehicles are in the United States, making it the largest automotive recall in American history.


Judge rules in favor of gainful employment rule for for-profit colleges

for profit collegesA federal judge in New York ruled the Obama administration has the right to impose rules limiting the amount of debt students can carry from career-training programs.

The Association of Proprietary Colleges, which represents 23 schools in New York, filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Education in November after the Obama administration made the gainful employment rule. The group said the rule would unfairly affect for-profit colleges.


Nebraska senators override governor's veto, repeal death penalty

Nebraska senate overrides vetoNebraska has repealed the death penalty following a dramatic vote Wednesday by state lawmakers to override the governor’s veto.
The high-stakes vote to override the veto of Legislative Bill 268 was 30-19. It requires at least 30 of 49 senators to overturn a gubernatorial veto.

The outcome represented a defeat for first-term Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who made an all-out effort to peel away some of 18 conservative senators who helped pass the repeal bill. Earlier in the session, lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto of a bill that raises the state gas tax.


Black Mothers Judged Unfit at Higher Rate than White Mothers in NJ

Black childrenJameelah lost custody of her newborn son in the delivery room after she tested positive for marijuana. The baby was returned four days later after the state determined he wasn’t in imminent risk of harm — that’s the standard the state is supposed to prove in order to place a child in foster care.

That intervention landed Jameelah in rehab, which she must attend three days a week in order to maintain custody of her son. The mom of six from Newark thinks the state is too quick to remove children from black parents.


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