Health & Human Services

Breaking Down Opioid Deaths by Occupation

New research from the state of Massachusetts could help guide response efforts to the drug abuse epidemic.


School Board's Prayer Policy Ruled Unconstitutional

A federal appeals court ruled that the Chino Valley Unified School District's prayer policy violated the First Amendment.


Preparing for the Inevitability of the Next Recession

Some states and localities are more ready to deal with an economic downturn than others.


Caught in a Disaster? Your Rescuer Might Be an Amateur

CERT volunteers have played a prominent role in responding to California wildfires in recent years.


More Counties Join PILT Class-Action Lawsuit Against the Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Fact-checking Trump’s claims on Calif. wildfires … a big N.M. groundwater ruling … and Detroit’s dismal rental inspection compliance.


Considering Ways to Prevent America's Deadliest Type of Bike Crash

"Overtaking" crashes have led to more than 600 cyclist fatalities in recent years.

Health & Human Services

Summer Jobs Programs Aren't Enough

Ensuring teens are employed for six-week stints can keep them out of trouble, but that doesn’t always mean long-term employment success.


It's Hard to Manage Your Credit When You've Never Heard of 'Interest'

More states are moving toward mandating financial literacy classes.


Moody’s: Trump’s $12B Farmer Bailout Won’t Have the Desired Effect

Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska and North Dakota have the most to lose in a “trade war” with China.


Bringing Art to Public Utility Boxes

The city of Madison, Wisconsin is expanding a program that decorates utility boxes with designs by local artists.

Health & Human Services

Michigan Daycare Center Reports High PFAS in Its Water

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trial runs for the dreaded L train shutdown in N.Y.C. … job losses in Trump counties … and Maine is not prepared as tick-borne diseases spread north.

Tech & Data

FirstNet to Offer Emergency Drop Kits Creating a ‘Connected Bubble’ to First Responders

AT&T’s team is also working with states to get a liaison in every emergency operations center.


House Bill to Expand Tax Credit Program Would Target Rural Areas

Legislation introduced in late July would add authority to the New Markets Tax Credit program.


Census Bureau Takes Hits from Lawsuits, GAO Review and Cancelled Contract

The Government Accountability Office last month criticized the Census Bureau's practices for maintaining schedules for receiving resources on time.

Public Safety

Another Use for Drones: Investigating Car Wrecks

Law enforcement agencies are finding it is quicker and safer to do scene investigations with drones.


Federal, Tribal and Local Officials Join Effort to Save Orca

The 4-year-old whale, summering off the coast of Washington, is emaciated.

Public Safety

Destroyed By ’93 Flood, This Village Likely Spared St. Louis a Major Disaster

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A major train derailment in Pittsburgh; Florida’s red-tide crisis … Boston’s new top cop … and the plan to carve a new city out of Baton Rouge.


Figuring Out If 'Opportunity Zones' Can Revitalize Struggling Neighborhoods

In two Alabama cities, those laying groundwork for the new tax incentive program see both promise and risks in the investments it could spur.