Illinois is promising to improve safety at its youth prisons and offer inmates better educational and mental health services.
A Nebraska school district asked a deaf preschooler to change his sign language name because they believe the hand motion he used looked like he was shooting a gun.
The lawsuit was brought on behalf of two individuals and two groups that picket outside churches against clergy who allegedly sexually abused children.
The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri had filed a lawsuit challenging the summary.
The measure on the statewide ballot said people have the right to pray in public or private so long as they do not disturb the peace, and it gives a specific imprimatur for prayer before government meetings.
Presiding commissioner John Griesheimer said “(The prayers) will be respective of all faiths and religion; Jewish, Muslim, whatever.”
They say the ban violates the inmates’ constitutional rights.
The suit was filed Tuesday by the ACLU on behalf of an anonymous resident of Franklin County.
The law, enacted in 1961, makes it a felony for someone to make an audio recording of a conversation unless all parties agree.
More police would be wearing a wire, under a bill which has been introduced in the state House.