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Elaine S. Povich

Finance

States Are Allowing Bank Accounts to Link Savings to Prizes. Customers Aren't Biting.

The idea is to encourage people to build up their savings by enrolling them in lotteries to win prizes. But that hasn't necessarily drawn people to sign up.

Management

These State Lawmakers Want College Athletes to Get Paid

College athletes get scholarships but can’t earn money for endorsements.

Management

Unpaid Court Fines, Fees Can Get Your Water Shut Off

Critics say it unfairly punishes the poor when local governments or states withhold utilities or other services for unpaid fines and fees. But officials counter that can be necessary to make sure that people pay their bills.

Finance

Where Unpaid Water Bills Can Mean Losing a Home

Some cities slap liens on homes for unpaid bills, then sell those liens to the highest bidder.

Management

‘Fake Meat’ Battle Spreads to More States

All of the bills are aimed at the same purpose—keeping non-meat products from being viewed and purchased as beef.

Management

Clergy Child Abuse Reporting Laws Uneven, Leave Loopholes

What happens when priests or other clergy learn of child abuse during confession or other “clergy-penitent privilege" situations?

Management

States Are Crafting Laws to Help Determine Pet Custody in Messy Divorces

Lawmakers are looking at a California law that just went into effect this month.

Management

Regional Rivalries Arise in Dash for Sports Gambling Cash

Seven states have kicked off sports betting since a Supreme Court decision essentially making it legal.

Management

More States Consider Restrictions On What Can Be Called Meat

Missouri passed a law banning food labels like "veggie burgers." Although that is being challenged in court, ranchers in other states are pushing for similar legislation.

Management

States Look at 'Kill Switches' Used to Disable Cars With Late Payments

Legislation would require more disclosure to consumers ahead of devices being installed on vehicles.

Management

How One State Decided to Scrap Licenses For Horse Massage Therapists

More and more states are loosening up job licensing requirements, as both free-market advocates and liberal groups argue to legislators that they are barriers to work.

Public Safety

Taking a U-turn on Red-Light, Speed Cameras

States and local governments are turning against traffic cameras.

Finance

In Tax-Free States, Businesses Squirm at Collecting Online Sales Taxes for Others

Many states are looking at how they can tax more online sales. But for states that don't collect sales tax, the issue is different.

Finance

Show Me the Money: Sports Betting Off and Running

Several states started to allow sports betting after the U.S. Supreme Court's decision overturning a federal ban. More are expected to follow.

Management

Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor

To tackle stubborn food insecurity in rural areas, one idea is to bring food to those who need it.

Management

States Try to Silence Robocalls, But They’re Worse Than Ever

While some states are looking at stronger penalties and other measures, officials acknowledge curbing robocalls is a very difficult task.

Management

What Trump's Pick for Supreme Court Could Mean for States' Rights

Nominee Brett Kavanaugh's skepticism about some federal regulatory power could end up reflected in states' rights cases.