It may have just gotten harder to protect minority communities from pollution

BY: - August 29, 2023

One option for lawmakers, Hammond said, is to draft so-called severability clauses. Such measures could enable them to continue using race in their analysis, but allow the laws to revert to something like the federal tool — rather than being struck down entirely — if race-based metrics are deemed invalid by a court.

Couch, car or curb: Defining which young person is ‘homeless’ affects aid state by state

BY: - August 22, 2023

The spectrum of youth homelessness is vast. It includes young children sleeping with their mothers in crowded shelters and families living in tent encampments in public parks. There are teenage runaways who have fled abusive homes to live on the streets and kids who spend their nights hidden in cars or abandoned buildings. But youth […]

Despite pandemic pay boost, low-wage workers still can’t afford basic needs

BY: - July 11, 2023

Their pay bump is the largest in more than 40 years, but inflation is taking a toll.

Kansans for and against the Constitutional Amendment on Abortion hold up signs along 135th Street on August 01, 2022 in Olathe, Kansas. (Photo by Kyle Rivas/Getty Images)

Positive polling, past successes don’t guarantee victory for abortion rights at the ballot box

BY: - July 3, 2023

In several states, Republicans are adjusting rules to scramble the political calculus.

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We’re older than we used to be, especially in these states | Analysis

BY: - June 28, 2023

As states age, the need for senior-friendly health care and housing grows; Pa. among ranks of oldest states.

Drought hits the Midwest, threatening crops and the world’s food supply

BY: - June 26, 2023

Farmers endure a ‘weird’ rainless period at a critical time.

Save your food scraps, save the Earth: More cities and states look to composting

BY: - June 20, 2023

Food waste composting greatly reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

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Restricting college tenure could hurt state economies, many warn

BY: - June 14, 2023

Top professors bring prestige — and research funding.

A teenager uses a laptop with a phone nearby. States are passing laws designed to keep kids away from social media and porn sites, but the effectiveness of the laws is being questioned by opponents and challenged in court (Leonardo Fernandez Viloria/Getty Images).

State lawmakers are trying to protect kids online. Will it work?

BY: - June 9, 2023

'Any parent who thinks they are smarter technically than a 17-year-old doesn’t know their 17-year-old,' an industry expert said.

State wildlife agencies focus on ‘hook and bullet’ work. Some see a new path

BY: - June 3, 2023

Washington state aims for a broader conservation role.

The latest ‘right to repair’ law is the broadest one yet | Analysis

BY: - May 31, 2023

Minnesota is the fourth state to require manufacturers to share parts and repair information.

Low fertility rates, high housing prices mean fewer children in most states

BY: - May 16, 2023

In states where the drop in the number of children is part of a broader population decline, there will be additional fiscal, economic and political ramifications.