This year, Vermont came close to becoming the first state to legalize recreational marijuana through the Legislature. Other states spent the first half of 2017 battling over regulations to govern voter-approved pot sales.
The threat of more frequent and more intense natural disasters linked to climate change is forcing cities and states to change the way they prepare for, and recover from, events like tornadoes, forest fires, floods and hurricanes.
Across the U.S., the number of young people living alone on the streets appears to be growing. Many communities are stepping up their efforts to help, intervening early with services specifically targeted toward the needs of young people.