Maine Legislature Returns to Consider LePage Vetoes

Lawmakers are expected to come back into session on Monday to consider dozens of recent vetoes by Gov. Paul LePage on bills ranging from Medicaid expansion to banning "conversion therapy."

More Money—and Stricter Scrutiny—for Child Care

“What we’re seeing is an influx of state policymakers starting to wrap their arms around the fact that learning doesn’t start in kindergarten,” said Bruce Atchison of the Education Commission of the States.

Index Shows States Have Work to Do Combating Youth Homelessness

Cyndi Lauper, who co-founded one of the groups that issued the report, said her hope is it will help states “amp up” their efforts.

A Frightening New Reason to Worry About Air Pollution

A massive study solidifies the link between particulates from cars and diabetes.

Which State Ranks Highest for Child Well-Being?

The KIDS Count Data Book, an annual release, analyzes child well-being in each states based on 16 indicators in four categories.

Palliative Sedation, an End-of-Life Practice That Is Legal Everywhere

Many dying patients turn not to medically assisted suicide, legal in just seven states and Washington, D.C., but to palliative sedation.

Yuma Hopes to Rebound After Deadly E. Coli Outbreak

The romaine lettuce crisis may be officially over, but this agriculturally rich area has taken a big economic hit.

Kentucky Not Giving Up on Medicaid Work Requirements After Judge’s Ruling

Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan is the best way to keep the popular program solvent. Critics say he’s ignoring key data and thousands risk losing coverage.

Share of Kids Facing Food Insecurity Still Above Pre-Recession Levels

“In 16 states, more than one-in-five children live in food insecure households,” new research from The Hamilton Project notes.

New Website Allows Washington State Residents to Research Health-Care Costs

Washington's HealthCareCompare, created by a state agency, allows residents to research the cost and quality of hundreds of medical, dental and pharmacy services and procedures.

The States That Exercise Least

A new CDC report highlights geographical trends in leisure-time physical activity.

U.S. Supreme Court Finds That California Crisis Pregnancy Law Violates Free Speech

The decision likely will have broader implications as other jurisdictions have disclosure requirements on the books for pregnancy centers, although those have also been subject to legal challenges.

Nonstick Chemicals Can Really Stick Around—in Your Body

Amid growing health concerns, policymakers in multiple states want to ban PFAS from food packaging and limit the substances in drinking water.

The Areas of the U.S. Where Ticks Are Spreading Red-Meat Allergies

The lone star tick used to live in warm southeastern states, but its habitat appears to be spreading thanks to rising temperatures across the U.S.

Rural America Needs Help Solving Its Growing Obesity Crisis

Regardless of the individual contributing causes of greater risk of obesity in rural areas, experts are mostly in agreement that more effective programs are needed in rural areas to assist people in learning how to live healthier lives.

Federal Judge Asked to Appoint ‘Special Master’ for Illinois Child Welfare Agency

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Intergovernmental ‘venom’ in S.C. … Colo. to adopt Calif.-style auto emission standards … and coral disease heading to Key West.

Data, Police and Mental Health: How a Pennsylvania County Helps People in Distress

Mental health co-responder programs are increasingly common in law-enforcement agencies across the country, due largely to declines in the resources available to mental health providers that have forced police officers and sheriff’s deputies to take on additional responsibilities when answering calls.

State AGs Try to Tackle a Difficult Subject: Elder Abuse

Beyond physical abuse and neglect, vulnerable senior citizens also face financial exploitation from their caregivers.

Houston Officials May Try to Foil Trump Plans for ‘Tender Age’ Shelter

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | D.C. voters approve measure to eliminate tipped minimum wage … Del. blood emergency … and a Calif. mayor ends up with 5,000 purple water bottles.