Also in our Weekend State and Local Daily Digest: Emergency declaration in Georgia; Philly-area bridge closed after structural fracture; a big EPA fine from a Honolulu molasses spill.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Philly’s rat stats; Arkansas mayor resigns amid scandal; and Nevada governor’s education proposal.
Analysts say selling health insurance across state lines would destabilize the market and increase premiums.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is getting ready to protect employees from wage theft and other illegal practices if the federal government doesn't.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Missouri's governor plans big higher ed cuts; Wisconsin city struggles with state limits on revenue; and more state legislative updates.
A massive eradication effort wiped out screwworms in the U.S. 35 years ago—but then they reappeared.
Prison officials fear inmates can use social media to commit crimes. But prisoner advocates say banning its use hampers a successful return to society.
The share of population behind bars has fallen back to the 1998 level.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Chicago awaits major federal announcement on its policing practices; Cuomo’s ‘Buy American’ procurement push; and Seattle sends help to snowed-in Portland.
What are state governments doing to prevent a repeat of a public health crisis like the one that’s hobbled Scott County, Indiana?
Caltrans utilizes the animals to eat invasive species and eliminate potential ignition points that could blow up into big fires.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More state legislative updates; a bad audit for a Florida state agency’s IT; L.A. County’s one-stop shop for immigration defense
After a lower court ordered unusual legislative contests this year to mitigate unconstitutional racial gerrymandering, the justices temporarily stayed the order.
Making clean syringes available to people who inject drugs can save counties millions of dollars in the long run, but funding has been slow to reach these critical programs.
In his State of the State Address, the New Jersey governor laid out plans to address drug abuse and the ongoing opioid epidemic.
To resist the current political peril, just boost the urban voter turnout, right? Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: More state legislative updates; L.A. legal settlements strain city finances; and Denver police horse euthanized after neglect.
Hacktivists, who blend hacking and activism for political and social causes, can lock up government computer networks, deface websites, steal data — and cost taxpayers.
Also in our State and Local Digest: A push to raise Mont.’s gas tax; municipal panic buttons expand in Mass.; and a W.Va. city hall is a ‘total loss’ after a fire.
Lawmakers in Texas, Kentucky, and Virginia are the latest to propose legislation that replicates North Carolina’s controversial law—despite the risk of backlash.
Between 1980 and 2015, voters approved nearly 70 percent of the 32 tobacco tax hikes that appeared on statewide ballots. But this time was different.
“We’re not in ideal times,” said Corrections Secretary John Wetzel. “If you look at the financial realities, our choices were to reduce staffing and programming, or do this.”
Also in our State and Local Weekend News Digest: State government layoffs loom in Iowa and Maine; Cuomo’s new cybersecurity response proposal in New York; and not much fuss on the last street plowed in Bismarck, North Dakota.
Now in control of both the state House and Senate, Republican leaders look to tackle escalating health insurance premiums.
Uncertainty about the future of the carbon auctions has not only roiled that carbon market but also given potential participants reason to rethink their participation.
Relatively few states have authorized remote testimony in the legislative process, but the early use of the practice has shown successes in the Evergreen State.
In 2015, more people died from opioid overdoses than homicides and the problem is made worse by a lack of access to treatment options.
Many states are experimenting with telemedicine to address health disparities that can depress student achievement.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo unveiled a plan to make the state’s public colleges and universities free for families earning less than $125,000.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s three-part criminal justice reform proposal would also raise Virginia’s felony theft threshold for the first time since 1980.
Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Some drought relief in California; Harrisburg’s ex-mayor wants his curios and collectibles back; and Toledo vs. suburbs water struggle.
Some of the 20,000 victims are still alive today.
A primer on the effort underway to devolve federal power back to the states.