An undercover investigation by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at a monkey breeding facility has led to a federal review at the southwest Florida business.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investigating a Primate Products Inc. in Hendry County, where an undercover worker found sick and injured monkeys living in inhumane and unsanitary conditions.
The newly legal hemp industry is entering its second growing season with some big questions for producers experimenting with marijuana’s non-intoxicating cousin.
The federal government has allowed limited imports of hemp seed — in Colorado’s case, this past month — for research and development purposes. Companies trying to create a U.S. hemp industry are seeking investors not only for unproven products but for a plant that is still classified under the federal Controlled Substances Act with marijuana and thus cannot be patented.
The Illinois State Senate on May 29 voted 34-19 to pass House Bill 217, the Illinois Youth Mental Health Protection Act that will protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning youth from the discredited practice of conversion therapy.
The bill was approved 68-43 by the House in May.
The Indiana attorney general’s office says the state had to pay more than $1.4 million in fees to plaintiffs’ attorneys in its unsuccessful attempt to maintain its ban on same-sex marriages.
Same-sex marriage became legal in Indiana in October, when the U.S. Supreme Court decided to let stand two federal court rulings that said the state’s ban and refusal to recognize such marriages performed elsewhere was unconstitutional.
The groups behind Run Warren Run are suspending their push to draft Elizabeth Warren to run for president on June 8. That day, six months after launching the campaign to draft the U.S. senator into a run for the White House, the groups are delivering a petition with 365,000 signatures from supporters.
MoveOn.org Political Action and Democracy for America launched the Run Warren Run campaign in December 2014 with a commitment to invest at least $1.25 million after supermajorities of both groups’ members voted in support.
Illinois could soon establish statewide rules for the use of police body cameras, but the proposed legislation would not require officers to have the devices.
A package of police reforms passed the Illinois House on May 28 with a 107-3 vote and was headed back to a Senate committee.
The California Assembly has approved changing the process for qualifying ballot initiatives in response to a proposal advocating the slayings of gay and lesbian people.
A pair of bills advanced this week to make it tougher for Californians to propose clearly unconstitutional ballot measures.
Vanity Fair magazine on June 1 published a 22-page cover story introducing Caitlyn Jenner, formerly known as Bruce Jenner.
Former House Speaker Dennis Hastert paid hush money to conceal claims that the Illinois Republican sexually a boy decades ago when he was a high school wrestling coach, according to a person familiar with the allegations.
A choreographer who accused Michael Jackson of years of molestation cannot pursue his allegations against the singer’s estate because he waited too long to file the legal action, a judge ruled.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff wrote in his ruling that Wade Robson’s claim is untimely and should be dismissed.