Lawsuits pile up over Texas voter ID law

September 19, 2013 - The Texas chapter of the NAACP and the state's Mexican American Legislative Caucus are the latest groups to challenge the state's voter photo ID law as racially discriminatory. The Texas fight is likely to end up at the U.S. Supreme Court, where other states like Mississippi and North Carolina that recently passed similar laws will be watching closely.

Homicides soar in states with 'Stand Your Ground' laws

September 16, 2013 - A new report documents an overall rise in homicides in states that have passed versions of the controversial self-defense law. The increase in "justifiable" homicides has been especially dramatic in some Southern states, and African Americans have borne the brunt of the increase in deadly violence.

To dodge law, high-cost lender offers cash for free

September 5, 2013 - After several Texas cities passed laws banned certain high-cost lending practices, a company called TitleMax found a way around them: It's giving away cash for free to lure in customers who can then find themselves stuck with loans that have annual interest rates as high as 310 percent.