FRANKFORT, Ky.

Medicaid requirements axed

A federal judge says Kentucky can’t require poor people to get a job to keep their Medicaid benefits, chastising President Donald Trump’s administration for rubber-stamping the new rules without considering how many people would lose their health coverage. The decision is a setback for the administration, which has been encouraging states to impose work requirements and other changes on Medicaid, the joint state and federal health insurance program for the poor and disabled. Kentucky was the first state in the country to get that permission, and the new rules were scheduled to take effect Sunday in a northern Kentucky suburb of Cincinnati.

ASHEVILLE, N.C.

No charges in jaywalk beating

The Justice Department says no federal charges will be filed against a former police officer who beat a black pedestrian. U.S. Attorney Andrew Murray said in a release Friday that after a thorough and independent investigation, evidence doesn’t warrant prosecution of a violation of federal criminal civil rights laws. Body camera video from August showed Christopher Hickman, who is white, punching, choking and shocking Johnnie Jermaine Rush, whom officers had accused of jaywalking.

DES MOINES, Iowa

Abortion wait period blocked

The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday struck down a law requiring a 72-hour waiting period for women seeking an abortion, ruling that the restriction was unconstitutional and that “autonomy and dominion over one’s body go to the very heart of what it means to be free.” Justices noted that the waiting period could force delays, increase costs and in some cases prevent a woman from legally obtaining an abortion.

WASHINGTON

NSA deleting call records

The National Security Agency is deleting more than 685 million call records the government obtained since 2015 from telecommunication companies in connection with investigations, raising questions about the viability of the program. The NSA’s bulk collection of call records was initially curtailed by Congress after NSA ex-contractor Edward Snowden leaked documents revealing extensive government surveillance. The law, enacted in June 2015, said that going forward, the data would be retained by telecommunications companies, not the NSA, but the NSA could query the massive database. Now it’s deleting all the data it collected from the queries.

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com wires