• New ‘Blue Lives Matter’ laws raise concerns among activists

    JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — More than a dozen states this year have passed “Blue Lives Matter” laws that come down even harder on crimes against law enforcement officers. The new laws came in reaction to a spike in deadly attacks on police last year.

  • States rejecting bills intended to keep guns away from kids

    In state after state, proposals that would create or toughen laws intended to keep kids from getting ahold of unsecured guns have stalled — caught up in a debate over whether they are effective prevention measures or just government overreach.