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November 30, 2012

Global Warming Puts the Heat on State Climatologists

Extreme weather events have intensified the climate change debate and made climatologists’ job more high profile and more controversial than ever before.
August 31, 2012

Playgrounds for Seniors Popping Up in U.S.

The parks, which feature low-impact exercise equipment designed for adults, started abroad and are just now taking off in the United States.
July 23, 2012

Citizens Petition States to Accept Health-Care Reform

Citizens in at least 25 states have filed petitions, urging officials to institute key provisions of the Affordable Care Act.
July 9, 2012

Minnesota Marriage Amendment Supporters to Sue over Ballot Wording

Supporters of the amendment say that Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie “unlawfully” changed the title of the amendment question.
July 5, 2012

State, Local Governments Experience Hiring Boost

State and local governments have experienced a dramatic hiring rebound in the first four months of this year.
July 3, 2012

Texas Prepares to Fund Women's Health Program

The state of Texas is preparing to foot the entire $40 million bill for the Women’s Health Program (WHP) in the event that the U.S. District Court finds that Planned Parenthood can continue providing services under the program.
July 2, 2012

Massachusetts State Universities Approve Fee Increases

Eight of the nine Massachusetts State Universities have increased their annual fees by an average of 6 percent amid decreases in state funding.
June 27, 2012

Colorado Springs Declares Emergency Due to Wildfire

A Colorado wildfire that had been steadily burning for 3 days erupted on Tuesday, causing 32,000 people to evacuate their homes across the neighborhoods of Colorado Springs.
June 27, 2012

Synthetic Drug Ban Passes U.S. Senate

The U.S. Senate banned chemicals used to make the synthetic drug known as "K2" or "bath salts."
June 27, 2012

Detroit to Demolish 1,500 Vacant Homes

Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced plans to demolish 1,500 abandoned houses in the next 90 days.
June 26, 2012

State, Local Governments To Receive Financing for Eco-Friendly Projects

The Department of the Treasury announced on Tuesday that it will make it easier for state and local governments to access more than $2 billion in existing low-cost financing to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects through Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds.
June 26, 2012

Detroit to Lay Off 164 Firefighters

More than 100 of the soon-to-be laid off firefighters could get their job back though, if the city secures a federal SAFER grant. They won't know until at least September.
June 26, 2012

Distracted-Driving Fines May Increase in Some States

Several states are taking steps to increase penalties for talking and texting while driving in the wake of a study that found current bans are not reducing the risk or amount of crashes.
June 25, 2012

Supreme Court Affirms Arizona Immigration Law

The justices, by a 5-3 decision, affirmed part of the controversial immigration law that requires police to check a person's immigration status if they have reasonable suspicision that he or she is in the country illegally.
June 21, 2012

Maricopa County Rejects Donations for Joe Arpaio's “Birther Probe”

Maricopa board rejected $5,000 in private donations on Wednesday, to fund a deputy sent to Hawaii in May to investigate President Obama's birth certificate.
June 21, 2012

Duluth Flood Prompts Minnesota Governor to Issue Emergency Executive Order

Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton issued an executive order Wednesday afternoon authorizing the National Guard to assist with the flood damage in Duluth.
June 19, 2012

Reports: Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels Will be Next Purdue President

The Indianapolis Star is reporting that Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels will become the next president of Purdue University.
June 19, 2012

Vagina Monologues Performed on Capitol Steps in Michigan

Six days after State Rep. Lisa Brown garnered national attention by saying the word “vagina” on the floor of the Michigan state House, she joined other female legislators on the Capitol steps to recite the “The Vagina Monologues."
June 19, 2012

New State Laws Grant Immunity for 911 Overdose Calls

In an attempt to curb the rising number of overdose-related deaths, several states passed legislation this year that gives legal immunity to people who call 911 to report a drug overdose.
June 19, 2012

Michigan to Outlaw Synthetic Drugs, Again

Gov. Rick Snyder will sign a group of bills into law banning K2, Spice and similar synthetic drugs in Michigan.
June 18, 2012

U.S. Conference of Mayors Pass Resolution Supporting Reproductive Rights

The U.S. Conference of Mayors voted to pass a resolution in support of women’s reproductive rights and funding for Planned Parenthood on Saturday.
June 18, 2012

Rodney King: A Catalyst for Police Reform

Rodney King’s unexpected death on Sunday has caused the country to reflect on his legacy in Los Angeles and across the country.
June 18, 2012

Tsunami Debris Warrants Federal Help, Says Washington State Congresswoman

U.S. Sen. Maria Cantwell says West Coast states and communities cannot deal with tsunami debris on their own.
June 14, 2012

State Budgets Have a Good Year

A year ago, states were discussing tax increases and spending cuts. This year, more states are debating the benefits of restoring services that were cut as a result of the recession.
June 14, 2012

Should Cities Buy Local?

Mayors from manufacturing communities urge cities to buy American-made products. But is that practical?
June 13, 2012

Christie's Rating Hits All-Time High in New Jersey

50 percent of the state's voters have a favorable view of the governor -- a 4 percent increase since March and the first time a majority like Christie, according to a Rutgers-Eagleton poll.
June 12, 2012

Northeast States Earn Top Transportation Project Awards

Projects that improved safety for drivers and pedestrians, eliminated major traffic snarls, and helped communities rebuild and recover from natural disasters were all recipients of top honors in the regional America’s Transportation Awards competition.
June 11, 2012

Emanuel to Name Chicago Infrastructure Trust Board

Mayor Rahm Emanuel will name the members of a new board that will focus on getting the private sector to invest in public projects in Chicago.
June 7, 2012

Texas Planned Parenthood Lawsuit Holds Implications for Other States

Other states are pursuing similar actions, as the case reaches federal court.
June 6, 2012

Prince William County, Va., Abolishes ‘Discretionary Funds’

Prince William County, Va., supervisors unanimously voted Tuesday to abolish “discretionary funds" -- ending a long-standing and controversial practice of using excess funds as donations to outside organizations.
June 5, 2012

Chipotle Stands by California State Parks

Chipotle Mexican Grill is giving $100,000 to the California State Parks Foundation (CSPF) in the wake of $22 million in budget cuts that could close up to 70 state parks.
June 5, 2012

Minnesota Attempts to Limit Psych Drugs for Kids

Due to an extreme rise in the prescription of powerful psychiatric drugs for adolescents, Minnesota will start requiring doctors to seek psychiatrists' help before prescribing such medication for children.
June 4, 2012

Transit Ridership Surges, Despite Fare Increases and Service Cuts

Transit ridership is up 5 percent compared to this period a year ago.
June 4, 2012

House Republicans Question Costly Manufacturing Program

The Obama administration’s proposed $1 billion National Network for Manufacturing Innovation (NNMI) was met with heavy skepticism by House Republicans at a congressional subcommittee hearing Thursday morning.