The Obesity Cure Is Out of Reach in the Heaviest States

Bariatric surgery works, but hundreds of thousands of eligible patients can’t get it.

2018 Hurricane Season Awaits Communities Still Recovering From 2017

Local officials have pushed for hazard mitigation funds as well as outstanding FEMA reimbursements.

The States Where People Die Young

A new study explores where and why Americans are dying early.

Meet Missi, Mississippi’s 1st Artificial Conversational Chatbot

You can also now take a virtual reality tour of the Magnolia State’s Capitol.

Here’s Where Children Rely Most on Medicaid

In Arkansas, 61 percent of all children get their health insurance coverage through the program. How does your state or local area compare?

Next Stop on the Route Fifty Roadshow: New Orleans

In the Big Easy, experts from across the Gulf Coast and the nation will share the changing nature of disasters and what 'Responding to Modern Emergencies' looks like.

Rural Doctors’ Training May Be in Jeopardy

A program designed to address the shortage of doctors in rural and poor urban areas could be in peril unless Congress acts.

Vaccine Critics Target Mississippi; Conn. Gov. Declares End to Chronic Homelessness

Also in our State and Local Daily Digest: Chicago awaits major federal announcement on its policing practices; Cuomo’s ‘Buy American’ procurement push; and Seattle sends help to snowed-in Portland.

FEMA Advised to Claw Back $25 Million From Town Struck By Tornado

The local government in Louisville, Mississippi, “generally complied” with standard accounting requirements for federal aid, but did not follow federal procurement rules in awarding 12 contracts, among other problems, according to a Department of Homeland Security inspector general report.

Why Mississippi’s Law on Religious Rights and LGBT Discrimination Got Blocked

In a 60-page ruling, a U.S. district-court judge stopped enforcement of a law providing religious exemptions for LGBT discrimination.

Updating State Theft Laws Can Bring Less Incarceration—and Less Crime

State governments, which bear primary responsibility for managing criminal offenders, have begun to re-evaluate the way they punish those that commit low-level theft.

Some States Help College Students Avoid Unplanned Pregnancies

Mississippi has one of the highest teen-pregnancy rates in the country. So in 2014, the state passed a law that requires public colleges to teach students how to avoid unplanned pregnancies.

These States Have Relied Most Heavily on Federal Aid

An analysis from the Tax Foundation presents federal aid as a percentage of state revenue for fiscal year 2013.

Mississippi River Winter Floods to Test Government Response, Army Corps Defenses

Levees are being checked for sand boils as water levels rise. And in Louisiana, there’s no word yet whether the Bonnet Carré and Morganza spillways will be opened.

Southern States Fight for Groundwater

Who can use the Mississippi Delta’s aquifers?

8 State and Local Election Results Worth Noting

From the Kentucky gubernatorial election to ballot measures on affordable housing in San Francisco, here are some of the races and initiatives we were tracking.

Stats Shot: New Data Offer Insight Into States With Best and Worst GDP Growth in 2014

The U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis has released sector-specific, quarterly GDP figures for states.