The Homeless Get Sick; ‘Street Medicine’ Is There for Them

“Street medicine,” which had only a few resolute practitioners when it got its start in the mid-1980s, has surged within the past decade, growing into a network of programs in over 85 cities and in 15 countries.

Shredding Tires to Fight Mosquitoes

A Louisiana parish will use federal grant money to buy a tire shredder to eliminate mosquito breeding grounds.

Take Two Carrots and Call Me in the Morning

In California, a large-scale pilot program will test the concept of "food is medicine" with a thousand patients who have congestive heart failure.

Thousands Fail to Meet New Medicaid Work Mandates in Arkansas

The state is the first to move forward with new requirements for beneficiaries.

Counting Kicks to Prevent Stillbirths

A handful of states have adopted an Iowa campaign encouraging mothers to monitor fetal kicks.

GOP, Democratic State AG Groups Face Off in Fort Worth Over Obamacare

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Pennsylvania prison mystery illnesses … Arizona teacher vacancies … and San Francisco’s fake safe-injection site.

Back-to-School Time Means Kids Are Back to Breathing Their Parents’ Auto Exhaust

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Tropical Storm Gordon moves onshore … Chicago mayor’s big re-election news … a big test for Denver’s new wireless alert … and Maine files Medicaid expansion plan.

Maryland County Makes Condoms Available at Certain High Schools

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

Local Governments Aren’t Waiting for States to Raise Smoking Age

At least 340 towns, cities and counties in 21 states have taken action, compared with about 200 in 14 states in 2016.

Wyoming Preps to Take Over Nuclear Permitting From Feds

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Mississippi state lottery … S.F. mayor presses for housing approvals … and Seattle city attorney’s warning to protesters.

Water Quality Concerns Prompt Shut-Offs for All Detroit Schools

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Another real-life test for quake early-warning tech … Vermont leaders see a hotspot for blockchain … and a not-so-secret “secret” DMV in N.C.

A Year After Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico Finally Knows How Many People Died

A new, definitive study from George Washington University finds that almost 3,000 people lost their lives—and highlights the government’s failures before and after the storm.

Indiana Mapping Tool Uses EMS Data to Show Naloxone Administrations

The map shows use of the overdose-reversing drug as reported by EMS responders, beginning in 2014.

Revitalizing Health in Rural Appalachia

How a Tennessee county improved community health after the area's lone emergency department closed.

Teen Xanax Abuse Is Surging, Experts Say

Addiction practitioners say they’re seeing more young patients who are hooked on Xanax.

Public Health vs. Private Property in War on Lead

After changes to state law, Pittsburgh is now spending $44 million to replace both sides—private and public—of the remaining 12,000 or so lead service lines in the city.

State Official in Mich. Will Face Trial for Involuntary Manslaughter in Flint Deaths

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | Trump vs. Portland’s mayor … pathway to six-figure teacher salaries in Texas … and Saratoga Springs, N.Y. scrambles after City Hall fire.

A New Smoking Ban in Public Housing Roils Some Residents

Proposed during the Obama administration and being finalized now, the ban is meant to protect the health of residents and save money on maintaining units.

Delaware’s Lt. Governor Distributes Doses of Life-Saving Medication

STATE AND LOCAL ROUNDUP | A pipeline for thirsty Utah communities … Oregon will ask for a federal OK to toll interstates ... and a Monty Python inspired crosswalk in Texas.