Census Uncertainty Spurs State Action to Prevent Undercounting

Starting in February, the bureau will turn over address lists to states and local governments for double-checking that must be finished within 120 days.

Why Free College Tuition Is Spreading From Cities to States

The free tuition push hasn’t produced an economic bonanza for any of the pioneering cities—at least not yet — and some states have struggled to come up with the money to keep their end of the bargain.

Billions From VW Settlement Boost Push to Clean Vehicles

States can spend as much as 15 percent of their payout to subsidize construction of public charging stations for electric cars.

Aging, Undocumented and Uninsured Immigrants Challenge Cities and States

“It’ll place a strain on the entire health care system, from primary care to hospitals,” according to Steven Wallace, associate director of the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

Felony Conviction Rates Have Risen Sharply, But Unevenly

The share of the population living with a felony conviction has gone up sharply in Georgia and Florida, while West Virginia and New Hampshire still have relatively low rates.

Testing for Tainted Marijuana Challenges States

Anecdotes have emerged of vulnerable consumers, such as cancer patients, contracting dangerous infections after smoking bad weed.

Distracted Dogging: Legal in Most States, Controversial in All

Driving with an animal in your lap may be fun, but it’s extremely dangerous for the driver, passengers, other motorists and the pet, traffic safety experts say.

Technology Is Turning Wrong-Way Drivers Around

Flashing signs try to get the attention of wrong-way drivers and tracking systems alert police and other drivers. But state officials say technology can only do so much.

Tax Bill Would Scrap a Billion From Western States

Western states rich in coal, oil and natural gas—among them Wyoming, New Mexico and Montana—already rely heavily on those industries and have had their budgets hit hard in recent years by falling energy prices.

Overburdened Mental Health Providers Slow Police Push for Drug Treatment

With many people outside of the criminal justice system on waiting lists for treatment, some mental health providers are unable to make room for drug users who have been referred to treatment as a way of avoiding arrest.

‘Puppy Mills’ Targeted by One State, Activists Seek Others

States and cities move to ban retail sales of “puppy mill” dogs.

Why Downtown Parking Garages May Be Headed for Extinction

“The whole view of the function of streets has had a metamorphosis,” according to DePaul University transportation professor Joe Schwieterman. “It’s made us rethink the opportunity cost of plopping a parking garage in prime downtown property.”

To Fend Off Hackers, Local Governments Get Help From States

But some city hall leaders say they can’t necessarily rely on states for cyber aid because many are busy trying to deal with their own cyber preparedness.

Amid Attacks, Teachers Weigh Their Safety Against Student Privacy

Sharing students’ criminal records with schools may violate their privacy, but some lawmakers think it will make teachers safer. Not all teachers are so sure.

Cybersecurity Quest Sends States to Vets, Students and Women

Hiring and keeping qualified IT staffers, particularly cybersecurity experts, is a serious problem for states.

Why It’s Hard to Control Drug Prices at the Ballot Box

Voters in California and Ohio have rejected measures meant to limit state spending on prescription drugs. But advocates say they plan to keep trying.

Public Defenders Fight Back Against Budget Cuts, Growing Caseloads

Public defenders say the funding problem they’ve been shouting about for years is at a crisis point.

'Proof of Citizenship' Voting Laws May Surge Under Trump

Requiring proof of citizenship makes election systems so complex that eligible voters are disenfranchised, according to a recent lawsuit in Arizona.