Why the Death Penalty Has Lost Support From Both Parties

A generation ago, most Democrats and Republicans backed capital punishment. But in New Hampshire, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle just voted to abolish it, reflecting a nationwide trend.

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The Key to Predicting the Next Teacher Strike

A new study confirms that the less teachers are paid, the more likely they are to protest. Only a few of the lowest-paid districts have yet to see a strike.

• Despite Teachers' Strike Success, Their Schools Are Still Funded Less Than a Decade Ago

Sanctuary City Mayors Respond to Trump's Threat 'With Open Arms'

The president wants to release detained immigrants in cities where local leaders oppose his immigration policies.

When Rural Hospitals Close, More Than Health Care Is Lost

At least 95 have closed their doors since 2010, and roughly a quarter of the ones left are at risk of shuttering.

Drugs? Pets? Couples? Unlike Most Homeless Shelters, This One Will Take You No Matter What

Las Vegas is taking a new, more tolerant approach to helping the homeless.


Community Engagement's Vital Role in Building Resilience

In preparing for a disaster and recovering from one, residents and businesses need to know that their voices will be heard.


What Do Constituents Want? Cities Go Online to Find Out.

Local governments are using internet surveys to better gauge residents’ needs.


In Infrastructure, Embrace the Unforeseen

We often use it in ways not intended. Most of the time, that’s a good thing.



New residents that Alameda County, Calif., which includes Oakland, gained last year -- much lower than the more than 13,000 new residents it had regularly gained for years. It reflects a larger trend of migration to the West and the South slowing down after years of explosive growth.


Liberal Hollywood and Conservative Politics Clash in America's New Filmmaking Hub

Elite actors are threatening to boycott Georgia over a heartbeat abortion bill, endangering the state's a-list status among major TV and movie productions.

Forget Congress: Many State Lawmakers Are Running for Mayor This Year

Why are they breaking norms and eyeing city hall instead of Capitol Hill?

The 10 Jobs Disappearing the Fastest

Most of them are being killed off by automation, but they are still common in certain parts of the country. See where.

Can Smart Cities Get Smarter?

The smart city model has been around for years. It's got a lot of learning to do.

Chicago's Lori Lightfoot Among a Wave of Lesbian Mayors

From Kansas City, Mo., to Tampa, Fla., a record number of large cities could elect an openly gay woman as mayor this year.

• Chicago’s New Mayor Promises Change Despite ‘Massive’ Challenges

With Number of Missing Native American Women Unknown, States Seek Answers

States are starting to address the jurisdictional issues that leave so many of these cases unsolved.

Arizona Becomes the First to Recognize Out-of-State Job Licenses

Gov. Doug Ducey signed a bill that makes it easier for people to move there by letting them automatically transfer their occupational licenses from other states.

Undeterred by Medicaid Rulings, States and Trump Advance Work Requirements

Even though a federal judge put the policy's legality in doubt, the Trump administration approved Utah's work requirement waiver on Friday. Meanwhile, Indiana already started phasing them in, and isn't stopping.

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Poorest Expected to Lose Food Stamps First Under New Rules

The public comment period for the Trump administration's proposal ends Tuesday. Researchers say "hunger will likely increase" if it takes effect.