'Deaths of Despair' Theory Overlooks Other Factors, Researchers Say

A lifetime of poverty and hard work contributes more broadly to the growing mortality gap between low-income people and those who are better off than drug overdoses and suicides, according to new research.

Last Year Was a Record-Breaking Year for High-Tide Flooding. 2019 Probably Will Be, Too.

The East Coast suffered most from high-tide flooding, which can occur even on calm, sunny days, according to new data from the federal government.

Planning Transportation Projects Using 'Ultrasound for Roads'

A research partnership between the University of Arkansas and the state's Department of Transportation uses seismic imaging to help officials visualize the earth beneath the ground.

Ending Natural Hair Discrimination

Measures at both the state and local level seek to protect natural hairstyles that African Americans are sometimes asked to change.

When a Kid's Lemonade Stand is Illegal

Children's lemonade stands are technically prohibited in 34 states. Several state legislatures are considering proposals to change that.

These Police Can't Use Radar and Changing That Could Be an Uphill Battle

Pennsylvania is the only state in the country where local police departments can't use speed-detecting radar. Multiple bills aim to give them access.

State Lawmakers Seek to Close Marital Rape Prosecution Loopholes

Marital rape is technically illegal in all 50 states, but some have legal exemptions that make it difficult to prosecute offenders.

DNA Evidence Will be Stored for 50 Years Under New State Law

The policy aims to give victims of sexual assault and prosecutors ample time to track down and convict offenders.

States Authorize Ridesharing for Medical Transport

Medicaid recipients in Arizona can now use Lyft to travel to non-emergency medical appointments, with similar laws on the way in Florida and Texas.

Preventing Porch Piracy

Lawmakers in multiple states are considering legislation to increase penalties for mail thieves who steal packages and other deliveries from porches and mailboxes.

'Pay to Play:' State Legislature Considers Compensation for College Athletes

Under proposed legislation in California, college athletes could be paid for the use of their names, images or likenesses.

The Pros and Cons of 'Banning the Box'

New Mexico became the 12th state to prohibit private employers from asking about criminal records on job applications, a practice designed to reduce recidivism by helping ex-offenders gain employment.

States Move Ahead With Digital License Plates

Maryland is the latest state to launch a pilot program to test the technology for consumer use.

America is Aging and Growing More Diverse, Census Data Shows

“More than four out of every five counties were older in 2018 than in 2010," said one Census Bureau official about new population estimates.

Requiring High Schools to Name Valedictorians

After three Ohio schools did away with selecting valedictorians and salutatorians, a state legislator introduced a bill to mandate high schools continue the tradition.

A State Proposal to Cremate Bodies the Jedi Way

Missouri lawmakers passed a bill that would legalize open-air human cremation, similar to Darth Vader's funeral.

The Fight to Recruit and Retain Paramedics

The EMT shortage is difficult to quantify, but agency officials agree it's an issue across the country.

Ranking America's Small and Large Cities

Washington D.C. jumped six spots in this year's America's Best Cities rankings, which judge cities on 23 metrics sorted into six categories.

Using Data to Predict Coastal Flood Risk

A new online tool compiles NOAA water-level data and storm forecasts to help coastal residents prepare for floods.

Cat Declawing Might Be Banned In This State

New York lawmakers passed what could be the first statewide prohibition on surgeries to remove cats' claws.