January 11, 2013 The Food and Drug Administration must review all new tobacco brands, and changes to existing ones, under a 2009 law giving the agency jurisdiction over tobacco. But the FDA has yet to approve any products under the new system, leaving some cigarette makers frustrated with the pace.
December 17, 2012 In recent years, states have passed a patchwork of immigration laws, at times running afoul of the U.S. Constitution. Advocates for the tough measures say state and local governments should still have a role, even as the debate shifts to the federal level.
November 15, 2012 Some who live along the Gulf Coast say the $4.5 billion in criminal and civil penalties aren't enough. Local authorities will continue to press their cases.
November 2, 2012 Alabama voters decide Tuesday on a measure that would remove Jim Crow-era language from the state constitution. Republican leaders say the language is an embarrassment that deters jobs and investment. But Alabama's black leaders are against the fix, arguing it's a trick to undermine public school funding.