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Ohio Republicans Propose Total Ban on Abortion

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Indiana mayor indicted … Hunting on Sundays may become legal in Pennsylvania … City council in Michigan gives themselves lifetime healthcare.

Half of Americans Dealing With Civil Law Problems, Survey Finds

A quarter of respondents described two or more circumstances that had the potential to land them in court over a year's time, for issues like overdue debts, child custody disputes and evictions.

Ban on Hotel Shampoo Bottles is Latest Effort to Curb Plastic Waste

The planet-saving move will cut costs for hotel chains.

A State Agency Scraps Its Paper-Based Licensing System

In adopting a digital licensing system, officials at the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission say they moved away not just from stacks and stacks of paper, but also an old mindset.

Border Towns are Pushing for a Complete 2020 Count

For communities with high immigrant populations, an undercount of the 2020 census could sap both political representation and federal funding.

A Green New Deal for Public Housing

The Green New Deal for Public Housing Act would commit up to $180 billion over a decade to upgrading 1.2 million federally owned homes.

Chicago Mayor Wants an Exception to Minimum Wage for Tipped Workers

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Louisiana governor election results … New York to consider commercial rent controls … Shooting in California high school. 

Virginia’s Flood Mitigation Program Needs Funding

COMMENTARY | Communities lack resources to prepare for more common and costly flood events.

A Proposal to Treat Icy Winter Roads with Beet Juice

Lawmakers in Michigan want the Department of Transportation to study the feasibility of adding beet juice to road salt to treat icy roads in the winter.

For a City That Didn’t Burn, Challenges Continue a Year After California’s Most Destructive Wildfire

Officials say the city of Chico is strained by the influx of newcomers displaced by last year’s Camp Fire—but as a place untouched by wildfires, they aren't eligible for emergency funds to help with the sudden population growth.

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This State Pays to Help Asylum-Seekers Avoid Deportation

In immigration court, a lawyer makes deportation much less likely.

Another State Moves to Eliminate Seasonal Time Changes

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Gun magazine sales loophole in Colorado … Mold in election commission office in Arkansas … Report shows Massachusetts leadership lacks diversity.

Truckers Challenge ‘Gig Worker’ Law With Lawsuit

They’re arguing that the landmark California legislation, meant to strengthen protections for workers, is preempted by federal law and shouldn’t apply to the trucking industry.

Using Social Media to Monitor Endangered Species Uncovers Surprising Information

Federal researchers used Instagram to collect information on human interactions with endangered monk seals and found that the posts contained data that was missing from traditional reports.

Conflict Between Lawmakers Isn’t Always a Bad Thing

New research focused on local government shows that elected officials who engage in arguments over policy are more effective at governing than those who agree on everything, or those who get in petty fights.

States Try Recruiting New Hunters

Hunting and fishing revenue provides nearly 60% of state wildlife agency budgets.

States Hold Onto Federal Dollars Meant for Needy Families

One state has $732 million not being spent to help needy families.

The Way America Votes Is Broken. In One Rural County, a Nonprofit Showed a Way Forward.

In Mississippi last week, a seamless performance by a new set of voting machines took place amid widespread anxiety about election integrity.

State Attorneys General Take On National Fights

A new kind of state attorney general is rising to prominence nationwide.