Privatizing State Parks Can Save Them—or Wreck Them

States vary when it comes to allowing concessionaires on public land.

What’s Really Behind the Native American Health Gap?

Melissa Walls of the Center for American Indian Health in Duluth, Minnesota, talks about the lasting health effects of “Indian Relocation” policies of the 1950s.

A Push to Eliminate the Mayor in One City After a Mayoral Scandal

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Texas will review Confederate artwork in Senate chamber … Georgia Governor to fill vacant Senate seat … St. Louis makes commitment to end AIDS by 2030.

Ranking States Based on ‘Bike Friendliness’ Amid an Uptick in Serious Crashes

"It’s the responsibility of state DOTs to take action to make it safer for people biking," says the author of a new report.

Report: Over 2 Million Children Affected by the Opioid Epidemic

The societal costs associated with children’s exposure to opioids could total $400 billion by 2030, a new report from the United Hospital Fund estimates.

Cities Target Alcohol Licensing As a Way to Fight Crime

A new report recognizes cities that have made efforts to enhance community safety by limiting alcohol availability.

After Rapper's 'Hymen Check' Comments, New York Lawmakers Want to Outlaw Virginity Testing

New York state legislators have filed two bills to ban the practice of virginity testing, which seeks to confirm the presence of a girl or woman's hymen as evidence that she is not sexually active.

Eliminating Food Deserts Won’t Help Poorer Americans Eat Healthier

COMMENTARY | The effect on healthy eating from opening new supermarkets is negligible at best.

Southern States Split in Response to EPA’s Coal Ash Rule Rollbacks

The South is home to nearly half of America’s largest coal ash disposal sites.

When Cities Don’t Accept Cash For Public Services

This year saw a wave of backlash against cashless retail, but what about when cities like Washington D.C. want to move toward all-digital payments?

With ‘Outlier’ 2nd Amendment Case, Supreme Court Could Raise Bar for Gun Laws

The New York City case gives the court a chance to tighten the standards that lower courts use to decide whether firearms regulations are constitutional.

Local Election Officials Can Get Free Election Auditing Software from the Feds

The open-source software is already being piloted in at least six states and officials say it can help authenticate results in 2020.

Putting Men on Diaper Duty

Lawmakers in Wisconsin hope to require more public buildings to place diaper changing stations in both men's and women's restrooms, the latest state to debate this new twist for so-called "potty parity."

Rural Communities Look to Jails for Revenue

A new report found that rural areas are increasingly renting out jail beds to places with overcrowded facilities in an effort to bring in more revenue.

Coping With Power Loss: California’s Hospitals Face New Reality

California’s recurrent power outages in response to wildfire threats have forced patients to think about how they get care when the power is cut at hospitals and clinics.

More Kids on Medicaid to Get Health Care in School

States are just now becoming aware of a five-year-old federal policy.

Taxing Online Sales Won’t Save Cities From the Retail Apocalypse

The Supreme Court’s year-old Wayfair decision allows most U.S. states to collect sales tax from online shopping. Can cities expect a revenue bump?

Former State Legislators Sue Over Term Limits

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New Jersey Assembly passes voting bill for those on parole and probation … States question Census Bureau’s request for data … New York City Councilmembers call for cycling and pedestrian safety offices.

Congress Questions Airbnb Over Scam Host Allegations, Compliance With Local Laws

Six members of the U.S. House of Representatives wrote to Airbnb to request a briefing to address concerns about the company’s ability to vet rentals.

Monitoring Deer Health Means a Helicopter Ride for a Utah Herd

About 50 mule deer in Utah were flown recently to a state-owned ranch to allow wildlife biologists to examine and tag them. Officials said the tests give them important insights into the health of the herd as a whole.