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Legal news from Friday, February 19, 2016
by Ram Eachambadi

The Supreme Court of India on Friday refused to intervene in the arrest of left-wing student leader, Kanhaiya Kumar, for sedition. Kumar's arrest triggered demonstrations in universities across the country against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party. Kumar had sought the Supreme Court's intervention after a previous hearing in a lower court was …

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by Ram Eachambadi

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday upheld the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act but enjoined the Secretary of Health and Human Services from the enforcing the mandate until the Supreme Court weighs in on some of the issues, currently pending in a similar case. While the …

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by Alexis Wheeler

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed legislation Thursday that will effectively cut funding to Planned Parenthood in the state by millions of dollars, although the two bills do not target Planned Parenthood by name. The first new law severs state funding, under Title X, for public providers of abortions. The money will be diverted instead to "less controversial …

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by Kasey Tuttle

Chicago residents filed a class action lawsuit Thursday accusing the city of Chicago of knowingly contaminating the city's water supply when replacing lead water pipes in the city. The elevated, unsafe levels of lead in the drinking water have persisted since 2008 when the city began construction on the old lead pipes, delivering water to 80 percent of …

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by Alexis Wheeler

The Oregon legislature approved a law to create the highest minimum wage rate in the country Thursday. The system works according to the specific economic need in a particular region, taking the cost of living of each into account. This unique procedure makes Oregon's the first proposal to pass rates not uniform across the state.The increases will take place …

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by Matthew Santiago

The Kentucky Senate approved a bill on Thursday that would create distinct marriage license forms for opposite-sex and same-sex couples. The bill in its current form provides that opposite-sex couples register themselves as "bride and groom" while same-sex couples register as "first and second party." Though former Democratic governor Steve Beshear removed the …

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by Matthew Santiago

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a class action suit against Kansas on Thursday on behalf of six individuals challenging Kansas' voter registration law. Since 2011, Kansas has been one of only four states that requires proof of citizenship for voter registration. The ACLU claims that Kansas' controversial law violates the National Voter …

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by Kasey Tuttle

UNICEF reported Friday that the Ukraine conflict has severely affected children living in the area. The constant violence and fear has resulted in one in three children suffering psychologically. The UN reported nearly a quarter billion children have been internally displaced and more than 20 percent of the schools have been destroyed. Last year, 20 children …

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