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Human Composting, Liquid Cremation: States Search for Greener Funeral Options

Washington just became the first U.S. state to sanction "human composting," the latest eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial and cremation.


'Game-Changer': Why Alabama's Abortion Ban 'Awoke' Protesters

A wave of conservative states passed abortion bans this year, but the national backlash didn't come until Alabama's was signed into law.

• As Abortion Bans Spread, Hollywood Debates How to Protest Them

Report: Babies Are More Likely to Die in States That Didn't Expand Medicaid

Infant mortality rates have dropped in expansion states and risen in nonexpansion states.

Public Housing Agencies Oppose HUD's Plan to Evict Immigrant Families

There's a problem with the Trump administration's proposal that Secretary Ben Carson defended before Congress on Tuesday. Local authorities don't want to enforce it.

Eric Holcomb’s Winning Political Strategy: Play Nice

The Republican governor of Indiana has quietly become one of the most effective and popular state leaders in the country.


Counselor giving a student a high five.

The Keys to Helping Kids Overcome Poverty

New studies shed light on how low-income children can beat the odds that are against them in school and beyond.


Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin standing at a campaign rally.

Why America's Least Popular Governor Will Likely Get Reelected

In Tuesday's GOP primary, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin won a bare majority of the vote.


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How Federal Tax Reform Has Impacted Real Estate

The short-term effects haven't been as bad as predicted, but local governments are still worried about the long term.


After Immigrant Health-Care Plans Stall Elsewhere, All Eyes on California

Efforts to expand Medicaid to more undocumented children and young adults stalled in Connecticut and Washington state this year.


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Why Public Spaces Are Critical Social Infrastructure

We need to reimagine them and invest in them as platforms for health, equity and neighborhood wellbeing.

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Government Employment for Those Who Need a Leg Up

An innovative apprenticeship program is working to bring some of Los Angeles' neediest residents into the city's workforce.

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The Voices We’re Not Hearing in Public Higher Ed

Too often, college and university governing boards resist bringing students and the public into decisions that have a powerful impact on them.

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$1.5 million

Money that Mississippi lawmakers gave to Weight Watchers from 2011 to 2016 so teachers could sign up for weight-loss courses at subsidized rates. Most of it came from education funding, and less than $1 million was spent on that purpose.

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Despite Funding Fights, High-Speed Rail Progresses in 3 States

The Trump administration is pulling some federal funding from California. But that project and others like it are quickly moving forward.


Should Cities Regulate How You Design Your Home?

One state tried to remove local governments' power to dictate things like paint colors.

Do Tax Breaks Help or Hurt a State’s Finances? New Study Digs Deep.

What's likely the most comprehensive research of its kind doesn't bode well for tax incentives.

Can Medical Marijuana Get You Fired? Depends on the State.

Less than half of the states where the drug treatment is legal protect patients from employment discrimination. Courts have generally sided with employers -- until recently.

A pharmacy in Canada.

Will the FDA Crackdown on Imported Prescriptions Cost Local Governments?

For years, hundreds of cities and counties have been saving money by letting their employees use cheaper drugs from other countries.

• Uncertainty Clouds States' Plans to Import Drugs From Canada

'Medicare for All'? How About 'Medicaid for More'?

On Monday, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed the nation's first "public option" health insurance bill. Other states aren't far behind.

State Legislatures' Group Gets First New Leader in 32 Years

Tim Storey, who will take over as NCSL's executive director, has pledged to maintain the organization's bipartisan approach.

'Being Governor Ain't What It Used to Be': How Their Road to the White House Became an Uphill Climb

All but one of America's presidents between 1976 and 2004 were governors. Since then, state leaders have barely stood a chance at the Oval Office.

Police officer holding naloxone.

Most Police Still Don't Carry the Drug That Reverses an Overdose

Due to the high cost of naloxone, only a fraction of the nation’s police departments equip their officers with it.

• Is the U.S. Ready for Its First Safe Injection Site for Drug Users?