1Drivers’ licenses ruling: Two state policies that stopped some refugees and children of immigrants from getting driver’s licenses in Ohio have been struck down by a federal judge. The separate rulings will affect an estimated 4,000 people in Ohio, most of them teenagers who are U.S. citizens and were blocked from getting driver’s licenses because of the immigration status of their parents, said civil rights groups behind the lawsuits. The organizations that challenged the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ policies said both policies were discriminatory because they denied licenses or ID cards to those lawfully living in the U.S.
2Stolen hearse: A stolen hearse with a casket and body inside has been recovered following a police chase on a Los Angeles freeway Thursday. The body was found in a casket inside the vehicle and one person was in custody, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. Authorities said the vehicle that crashed on Interstate 110 was the black Lincoln Navigator that was stolen from outside St. Anthony Greek Orthodox Church in East Pasadena on Wednesday night. Sheriff’s Sgt. Benjamin Grubb said the body did not appear to have been disturbed. Local media reported that the body remained in the vehicle while a mortuary attendant brought a different body into the church and that’s when the SUV was stolen.
3 Inmate suicides: Relatives of four inmates who killed themselves inside Alabama prisons are suing the state over the men’s suicides, adding to the legal problems for an agency already in court over its treatment of prisoners. The lawsuit claims corrections officials didn’t provide proper care for the men despite knowing they had severe mental illnesses and would sometimes harm themselves. A lawyer for the families says they want to hold officials accountable, the Montgomery Advertiser reported.
4Sex education lawsuit: A South Carolina law banning sex education teachers from mentioning any relationships other than heterosexual ones — unless the talk involves sexually transmitted diseases — is fueling a climate of state-sanctioned discrimination, a federal lawsuit says. The National Center for Lesbian Rights and Lambda Legal said the lawsuit filed this week seeks to overturn the Comprehensive Health Education Act of 1988 as an unconstitutional violation of the equal protection clause of the U.S. Constitution. The law, which mandates how sex education classes are taught, also subjects students to bullying and violence and stigmatizes a group that’s already at a heightened risk of suicide, the lawsuit contends.
5Ex-mayor sentenced: The disgraced former mayor of Baltimore was sentenced to three years in federal prison Thursday for arranging fraudulent sales of her self-published children’s books to nonprofits and foundations to promote her political career and fund her run for the city’s highest office. Catherine Pugh spoke through tears for about 10 minutes before her sentencing in federal court in Baltimore. The 69-year-old veteran Democratic politician was also ordered to pay more than $411,000 in restitution and to forfeit more than $669,000 to the government.
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