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How States Are Making It Harder to Leave Unions

Just over two weeks since the Janus ruling, about a third of the affected states have taken actions meant to soften its impact on unions' membership and revenue.

• Why the Janus Ruling Is Especially Bad for Black Women

Silicon Valley Is Helping Cities Test a Radical Anti-Poverty Idea

What if everyone got a paycheck that they didn't work for? It's called universal basic income, and with the help of tech entrepreneurs, Stockton, Calif., is the latest city to test it.

A New Use for Food Trucks: Feeding Hungry Students in the Summer

Instead of making low-income kids travel for meals when school is out, Minneapolis is bringing the food to them.

In Rural America, Violent Crime Reaches Highest Level in a Decade

The loss of jobs and the opioid epidemic are two of the biggest reasons.

It’s Natural Disaster Season. Can Your Government Afford It?

Most states don't know how much they spend on extreme weather events.


For Lieutenant Governors, Midterms Look Predictable

In the 10 states holding races, only one looks competitive.


With an NBA Assist, All-Star Host City Aims to Help Minority-Owned Businesses

Charlotte, N.C., is using the sporting event as an opportunity to close the investment gaps between businesses owned by white women and people of color.


Voter Turnout Is Up, Especially Among Democrats. What Does That Mean for November?

More people are casting primary ballots than four years ago. But that year, turnout was the lowest since World War II.


Home health care worker helps her client out of their wheelchair

Unions Could No Longer Get Medicaid Money Under New Trump Proposal

The federal government wants to roll back an Obama-era rule that lets some Medicaid payments go toward unions that represent home health care workers -- one of the fastest-growing and lowest-paid jobs.

• Will Weaker Unions Mean More Money for States?

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A Case for the Surveillance State

Flashing police cameras may make neighborhoods feel ominous, but they serve a purpose.

COMMENTARY

What Businesses Should Be Doing for Their Communities

Doing more to help fund urban needs is good for their workers and their profitability. Some communities are insisting that they step up.

COMMENTARY

Federalism Is Broken. Can It Be Fixed?

Our federal system is tied up in knots. We have to try to untie them.

NEWS IN NUMBERS

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Increase in primary voter turnout among California Democrats from the 2014 midterms to today's. Republican turnout comparatively rose 45 percent in the state. These numbers reflect general trends of Democratic participation climbing more than Republicans'.

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After Medicaid Ruling, Most States Hit Pause But Some Proceed

Work requirements failed their first court test, in Kentucky. The case leaves the legality of other states' policies uncertain, but some of them are moving forward with business as usual anyway.

• The Limits to Trump's Medicaid Freedom for States

Voting Rights Debate Moves From Statehouses to Ballot Boxes

Voters will weigh in this fall on voter registration, campaign finance and redistricting.

First She Watched History on TV. Then She Made It.

Mayor Acquanetta Warren credits her father for her big dreams. "You've been to the moon," he used to say. There was some truth to that.

The Construction Projects Governments Are (and Aren't) Funding

Spending is up on airports but down or flat for schools, highways and prisons.

After Supreme Court Shake-Up, These State Abortion Laws Could Challenge Roe v. Wade

The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy increases the likelihood of extreme restrictions passing legal scrutiny.

• California Abortion Ruling Puts Other States' Laws in Doubt

Why Alcohol Is Still the Most Dangerous Drug

It's cheaper, legal and kills more people than opioids. But public officials are much more united in the fight against drugs than alcohol.

Thousands of Unfilled Jail Jobs, Millions in Overtime, 'Zero Room for Error'

States across the country are struggling to staff their prisons and jails. The shortages are costing them in overtime -- and lives lost when inmates riot against conditions likely worsened by overworked guards.

For State Budgets, What a Difference 6 Months Make

Thanks in large part to a steady economy, states are finishing 2018 better than they expected.

One Woman's Quest to Fight Gentrification by Asking Residents How

Cat Goughnour is pushing several cities to give community members more say in urban design.

• Can Gentrification Be Illegal? This City Is Being Sued.