There's one thing on which nearly everyone can agree: The overconsumption of soda and sugar-sweetened drinks is harmful to our health, especially for kids. That's why New York state's budget measure to tax those drinks is a win for public health.
Connecticut might be closer to passing a bill that would require employers to provide paid sick leave, an effort that is similar to a bill proposed in the fall by Connecticut Sen. Christopher Dodd. But the Senate is tied up with bigger bills.
States may soon adopt national core standards for education that were designed by state governors and state school leaders, TheWashington Postreports. It's part of President Obama's efforts to improve academics across the country.
The Post and Courier in South Carolina recently ran an article on accusations of racial profiling in North Charleston. In that city, police pull black drivers over more often, and black men are twice as likely to be pulled over than white men, the article says, citing police statistics. While African Americans made up 45 percent of the population, they accounted for 65 percent of the traffic stops in which no one is arrested or given a ticket. That led to accusations of racial profiling, and the police chief, Jon Zumalt responded with the usual:
Via RaceWire, Obamahas signed an executive order to bolster federal support for historically black colleges and universities:
Obama says these schools have felt the pain of the recession (and his own cuts last year) the most because they enroll a higher proportion of low and middle-income students. His order includes $850 million which will ensure students can afford a college education and HBCUs can improve and expand facilities.