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Federal Spending on Kids Falls, as More Dollars Flow Toward Older Adults and Debt

The findings are included in the latest edition of an annual report. “In a sense in our budget, we’re treating kids worse and worse,” said one of its authors.

First Auto Workers Strike in 12 Years Affects Plants in Nine States

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | New York considers combining IDs and credit cards with smart chips … Kentucky governor won’t provide details on plane trips … Boston debates ban on protester masks.

Dreaming Big for a Risky Hemp Crop

Many first-time hemp growers don’t have buyers.

Un-Corrupting City Hall

These cities all suffered notorious municipal scandals. What have officials and voters done to tackle corruption and keep it from happening again?

Virginia AG Says Couples No Longer Need to Disclose Race on Marriage Licenses

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Florida legal marijuana push raises more than $1.2 million ... Gun rights protests in Columbus, Ohio ... Drugstores and drug distributors ask for a new judge in opioid lawsuit.

Don't Move People Out of Distressed Places. Instead, Revitalize Them

A new study shows that place-based policies are key to helping people in distressed cities, where investments should be tailored to local economic conditions.

Southern States Have Shuttered 1,200 Polling Places Since 2013

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | States brace for Trump clean-water-regulation rollback … Michigan teacher pay stagnates … Alaska’s summer of warning-bell warming.

Free Preschool, Longer School Days and Affordable Day Care Help Keep Moms in the Paid Workforce

COMMENTARY | Mothers are more likely to be full-time employees in states where child care is more affordable. In states with more expensive child care, more mothers worked part-time.

‘It's All Up in The Air’: California’s Gig Worker Bill Promises Big Shifts for Truckers

What the bill will mean for Uber and Lyft has drawn attention. But the trucking industry is bracing for changes as well.

Appeals Court Overturns State Restrictions on Political Robocalls

Montana’s attorney general is reviewing the decision to see if an appeal is possible, or if lawmakers will need to take action.

County Leaders Lobby for Federal Lands Money

Local governments received $514 million last year through a program meant to compensate them for the property taxes they are unable to collect from federal lands.

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NRA Files Lawsuit Against San Francisco after City Supervisors Label It a Terror Group

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Seattle takes up crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women … North Dakota abortion language law blocked by judge … Missouri deep in red on jail payments to counties.

How to Increase Access to Gifted Programs for Low-income, Black and Latino Children

COMMENTARY | New York City could be on the verge of dismantling gifted programs at its elementary and middle schools. Taking that step could make things even worse for some of the children it aims to help.

This State's Parks are Full of 'Happy Little Trees'

A partnership between the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Bob Ross Inc. brought in new volunteers to help with reforestation efforts.

Union Organizing Emails May Be Subject to Disclosure After State High Court Ruling

A group often at odds with government labor unions says the case sets an important precedent for when correspondence about union activities is public record.

Why Are America’s Three Biggest Metros Shrinking?

After a post-recession boomlet, the New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago areas are all seeing their population decline.

In Charleston, the Real Flooding Crisis Is Only Beginning

The historic South Carolina city escaped the worst of the latest storm, but rising seas and an aging drainage system may soon bring chronic inundation.

Smithsonian to Rural Regions: Your Wealth Is in Your Culture

A traveling exhibit will visit up to 165 rural cities across 28 states.

Where Is the Best City to Live, Based on Salaries and Cost of Living?

Paychecks stretch the furthest in smaller cities for most workers, but techies continue to do best in larger, more expensive cities.