Hemp, on the Brink of Being Legal, Still Faces Challenges

Nineteen of the states that allow hemp cultivation reported a crop last year.

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

More states are moving toward mandating financial literacy classes.

Red States May Be Ready to Expand Medicaid—In Exchange for Work

In several states this year, the march to bring health care benefits to more low-income residents came with the insistence that able-bodied adults put in hours of work or volunteer time each month to retain the assistance.

As States Legalize Sports Gambling, Convenience and Tax Rates Are Key

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all approach to legalization, but one analysis says states should see serious budget revenue gains with the right policies.

Kentucky Not Giving Up on Medicaid Work Requirements After Judge’s Ruling

Gov. Matt Bevin says the plan is the best way to keep the popular program solvent. Critics say he’s ignoring key data and thousands risk losing coverage.

Kentucky Sues Walgreens Over Opioid Abuse Epidemic

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Montana preps for another difficult wildfire season … Charlotte’s uncharted scooter territory … and N.J. governor makes first legalized sports bet.

A New Open-Source Framework for Government Projects

Louisville, Kentucky is making the infrastructure for analyzing historic Waze data available to anyone who partners on the process.

How Exposed Is Your State to Trade Tensions?

More than a dozen states have above-average international trade exposure, per a new Moody’s report.

Kentucky’s Deadline Task: Implement an Expanded Sales Tax

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | CVS move surprises transit agency … Philly jury’s $10 million award … a ‘breakthrough compromise’ in Alaska … and Idaho's new grizzly bear season.

Kentucky Official Says State Is Safe to Visit Amid Outbreak

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Asian tick’s New Jersey foothold … Ohio cities find compromise on telecom bill … North Dakota governor covers costs of his official travel … and Kauai recovers.

Yes, Bookmobiles Are Still a Thing. (We Checked.)

“There are tons of populations that don’t have access, who can’t get to the library, can’t get the internet. Bookmobiles and outreach services are key to serving those people.”

Kentucky Governor Cites ‘Thug Mentality’ in Teacher Pension Fight

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Major storm systems disrupt California and Northeast; Austin’s busy 9-1-1 call center; St. Paul mayor’s inaugural ball funding gap; Vermont’s ‘regressive’ DMV compliance; and Indiana’s new IoT hub.

Ways Cities Can Avoid Paying to Translate the Same Sentences Repeatedly

Here’s how Philadelphia and Bowling Green, Kentucky keep their translation service costs down.

Trump’s Trade War Could Stall Kentucky’s Bourbon-Fueled Boom

An international tit-for-tat could have consequences for Kentucky and other regional economies.

Seema Verma: Medicaid Work Requirements Are ‘True Compassion’

Now that the Trump administration has approved work requirement waivers in two states—Kentucky and Indiana—as many as 11 more could follow.

Up to $20 Million in Grants Available for Coal Communities in Appalachia

It's the latest round of grants under the POWER initiative, which targets places where the coal sector has declined.

Appalachia, Civil War Scholars Alarmed by Kentucky Governor's Budget Ax

STATE & LOCAL ROUNDUP | Michigan governor says pipeline isn’t at risk for imminent failure; fake flu information in Oklahoma; and a step closer to paying every city employee at least $15 an hour in Cleveland.

15 Kentuckians Sue Trump Administration Over New Medicaid Waiver

The plaintiffs contend that waivers that require work as a prerequisite for health coverage will cause “irreparable harm to the health and welfare of the poorest and most vulnerable in our country.”

Kentucky’s Medicaid Waiver Will Do More Than Just Require People to Work

The state’s waiver would also impose monthly premiums on beneficiaries, and threatens six-month program lockouts on individuals who do not comply with Medicaid rules.