Young Farmers Can't Farm Without Land

Just 4 percent of America’s family farms have principal operators younger than 35, while nearly a third are led by someone age 65 or older.

Measuring Results of Early Childhood Spending

Finding more resources to help struggling populations “needs to be reframed as an economic imperative, even a national security issue.”

Throwing Shade: Reducing Urban Temperatures by Planting Trees

A Maryland county is planting free trees in urban areas to increase shaded areas and lower temperatures.

Engaging Teens With More Than Just a Summer Job

The Summer Youth Enrichment Program in Prince George's County, Maryland, aims to help teenagers long-term.

Local Furor After Mayor’s Colin Kaepernick Social Media Classroom ‘Experiment’

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska meth seizures increase … Portland mayor sets “cleanest” city goal … and L.A.’s new emergency shelter.

Maryland County Makes Condoms Available at Certain High Schools

The decision was sparked by rising rates of sexually transmitted infections in the county.

Russia Doesn’t Need to Change Votes—Just Sow Confusion

The confusion in June primary elections in Maryland and California—caused by computer glitches and human error—show what could happen if foreign adversaries successfully hack voter registration information, experts say.

Md. Investigating Contract of Software Vendor Bought by Russian Oligarch

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Alaska plastic bag bans … concerns over city’s disclosure of overdose address information … and an Ill. county’s mumps outbreak is over.

Mid-Atlantic Officials Share Regional Efforts to Regulate the Environment

Frustrated by federal environmental deregulation, states are turning to ‘cooperative federalism’ to achieve clean air and water goals.

Will Two Major Floods Prompt Development Changes in Ellicott City?

The increased amount of impervious surfaces surrounding the watershed makes the area more susceptible to runoff, which contributes to the severity of flood impacts, though hydrologists have said development is not solely to blame.

Flood Clean-up Begins in a Historic Maryland Mill Town. Again.

Unlucky topography and an intense rainstorm creates a major disaster in Ellicott City for the second times in nearly two years.

This Jobs Program Just Might Get People Back to Work

But creating evidence-based employment programs can be tricky.

Why Most States Are Struggling to Regulate Airbnb

At least 16 states debated bills to regulate the short-term rental industry this year. Only one, Indiana’s, was signed into law.

Fido Survived the Research Lab. Now What?

Maryland just became the seventh state to enact a “Beagle Freedom” law.

The States Most and Least Prepared for Public Health Disasters

According to this year’s numbers, U.S. public health systems continue to improve overall.

‘I’ve Personally Sacrificed My Entire Career for This’

The debate around sexual-harassment legislation is playing out in the Maryland General Assembly, where reform advocates say leadership is loath to embrace changes.

States Want More Money and Less Punishment Over Opioids

“To fully address the crisis we have to treat it as a health care issue, as a child welfare issue and as a drain on our local economies,” said U.S. Sen. Patty Murray of Washington state.

After EPA Flip, a Push in Several States to Block ‘Harmful’ Pesticide

“If it’s not going to be done federally, we should do it at state level,” said Maryland Del. Dana Stein, a Democrat who has introduced a chlorpyrifos ban in her state. “This is the tactic. It’s the only available option.”