Judges Take Up Abortion Bans Put in Place During Coronavirus Pandemic

Federal judges on Monday blocked Texas, Ohio, and Alabama from forcing abortion clinics to close. A day later, a federal appeals court panel temporarily reinstated the Texas limits.

States, Hospitals Grapple With Medical Rationing

States say they don’t understand the criteria the federal government has been using in allocating limited medical resources from the U.S. stockpile.

What Will Happen When Red States Need Help?

President Trump’s targets have been Democratic leaders. But the outbreak isn’t going to stay confined to Democratic states.

Extended Income Tax Deadline Is Yet Another Coronavirus Budget Curveball for States

Shifting the due date for income tax filings to July from April will likely create some budget gaps that states will have to manage in the final months of their fiscal years.

Stay-At-Home Scofflaws Face Fines, Arrest for Social Distancing Failures

Local authorities are beginning to crack down on those who blatantly violate orders banning large public gatherings, while trying to make it harder for people to break the rules in public spaces like parks.

‘Now Is the Time to Beg’: City Officials Plead with Residents to Stop Flushing Toilet Paper Alternatives

The coronavirus-induced toilet paper shortage is causing people to resort to creative alternatives. These can prove disastrous for sewer systems.

State Legislatures Scramble to Meet in the Age of Coronavirus

Lawmakers across the country rushed to pass resolutions permitting virtual meetings and remote voting, efforts they said were necessary to adhere to social distancing guidelines and protect legislators.

Feeling Overwhelmed? Approach Coronavirus as a Challenge to Be Met, Not a Threat to Be Feared

COMMENTARY | The way people process threatening events matters a lot for how well they’ll manage this period of uncertainty.

Watch New Orleans

With the country’s attention turned north, the coronavirus pandemic is exploding in Louisiana.

Mayors to Governors: Toughen Up!

Mayors are trying to protect their communities.

The Four Possible Timelines for Life Returning to Normal

The coronavirus outbreak may last for a year or two, but some elements of pre-pandemic life will likely be won back in the meantime.

$60 for Toilet Paper? How Attorneys General Are Fighting Price Gougers

State attorneys general are inundated with price gouging complaints and working with online retailers to crack down on overpriced items.

Coronavirus Shows Cracks in the Gig Economy

COMMENTARY | The coronavirus has exposed the problematic nature of the gig economy on workers’ pay and benefits.

Some States Stall Plastic Bag Bans During Coronavirus Outbreak

Lawmakers and some store chains are temporarily banning reusable bags amid fears that their usage could help spread coronavirus.

Nearly 200 Cities Short on Supplies for Dealing With Coronavirus, Mayors Report

The U.S. Conference of Mayors says new survey findings show shortages of essential items have reached “crisis proportions.”

Trump Signs Coronavirus Aid Package—But Democrats Say More Help Needed for States and Cities

The House approved the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act on Friday and President Trump later signed the measure into law. But lawmakers said they expect to address the growing financial needs of local governments in a fourth bill.

‘We’re Doing What We Can’: How a Makeshift Network Is Filling in the Gaps with Medical Supplies

A shortage of necessary medical supplies like face masks has engaged a broad coalition of helpers, from those at home with just a sewing machine and fabric to public libraries with 3D printers.

Help Wanted: Retired Doctors And Nurses Don Scrubs Again In Coronavirus Fight

Some governors have issued pleas for retired medical professionals to join the fight against coronavirus.

The Child-Care Crisis Is Even Worse for Health-Care Workers

Medical professionals need to be at work more urgently than ever, but their child care has essentially evaporated. Eager (but fragile) networks of volunteers have stepped in to help.