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Candice Norwood  |  Web Producer/Writer

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Candice is a St. Louis, Mo., native who received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and her master's from American University in Washington, D.C. Before joining Governing, she worked as a web producer for Politico, a politics fellow with The Atlantic, and a weekend White House freelancer for Bloomberg. She has covered criminal justice, education and national politics.

Education

Dress Coded

Do schools’ dress codes unfairly target girls of color?

September 1, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

Why Illinois' Marijuana Legalization Law Is Different From All Others

It's the first state where the legislature -- not voters -- legalized cannabis sales. But that's not all that makes it unique.

June 11, 2019
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Health & Human Services

How Governments Are Transitioning Their Gender Policies to Nonbinary

A growing number of states and cities are letting residents identify as neither male nor female, setting up a cascade of tough policy questions.

June 5, 2019
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Politics & Elections

Republican Women Watch Their Numbers Decline in State Legislatures

2018 was a bad year for GOP female candidates. The ones that did win elections don't hold as much power as Democratic women.

May 28, 2019
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Management & Labor

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.

May 15, 2019
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Management & Labor

A New Gig in Government: Chief Storyteller

Some cities are hiring people to share locals' stories and change the traditional narrative surrounding the place they call home.

April 24, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

In #MeToo Era, Cities Train Bystanders to Intervene

Some are targeting bar and restaurant staff to better respond to sexual harassment and violence.

March 29, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

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.

April 1, 2019
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Infrastructure & Environment

As China Builds U.S. Transit Cars, Congress Seeks to Ban Them

The state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corp is building rail cars for some of America's biggest cities, prompting cybersecurity concerns and bipartisan legislation in the U.S. Senate.

March 18, 2019
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Politics & Elections

For More Citizen Engagement, One Town Turns to Video Calls

A Miami suburb might be the first in the nation to let residents participate in -- not just watch -- public meetings from anywhere they have an internet connection.

March 8, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

Anti-Drug Smuggling Policies Are Increasingly Isolating Prisoners

Jails and prisons around the country are replacing in-person visits with video calls, enacting strict mail policies and other regulations that limit inmates' communication with family, friends and lawyers.

February 13, 2019
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Education

Financial Literacy Is Becoming a Requirement in Schools

As most Americans struggle with money management, some states are making schools teach kids about personal finance. What's the best age to start?

January 23, 2019
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Public Safety & Justice

U.S. Police Under Pressure to End Their Relationship With Israel

Police departments have been sending their leaders to Israel to learn about the country's counterterrorism strategies since the 1990s. But growing opposition is pushing some to rethink these exchange programs.

December 20, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

Are Cops 'Off the Hook'? How Police Reform Has Changed Under Trump

The Trump administration has shifted away from overseeing police in favor of tackling violent crime.

December 19, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Does #MeToo Matter? Of 19 State Candidates Facing Accusations, Only 2 Lost

On the heels of Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s controversial confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, these results raise questions about how alleged misconduct factors into voters’ decisions.

November 7, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

The Right to Hunt Is Now Constitutionally Protected in North Carolina

The state is the latest where voters have weighed in on the debate.

November 7, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Slavery Is Still a Legal Punishment in the U.S. But Not in This State Anymore

In 2016, Coloradoans voted against abolishing slavery as punishment for a crime. This year, they had a change of heart.

November 7, 2018
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Politics & Elections

In First Statewide Vote on Transgender Rights, the LGBTQ Community Wins

Massachusetts voted to keep a 2016 law that protects transgender people from discrimination in public spaces.

November 7, 2018
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Politics & Elections

'People Want Their Power Back': Voters Approve Redistricting Reforms

In a year with more redistricting measures than usual, voters in several states reduced politicians' role in the process of drawing voting districts.

November 7, 2018
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Can Free Money Make Up for Widescale Job Loss?

Faced with the prospect of up to a third of jobs being eliminated by automation in the next decade, governments are taking another look at Universal Basic Income.

November 1, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

In Wake of Parkland and Pittsburgh Shootings, Washington Voters Pass Comprehensive Gun Control

Washington state, which has a history of letting voters weigh in on guns, now ranks among the states with the toughest firearm laws.

November 7, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

2 Cop Convictions in 2 Months: Is This a Tipping Point in Police Accountability?

Fatal police shootings rarely result in convictions. In Chicago and Texas, they just did.

October 16, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

California's New Marijuana Law Is a First But Likely Not the Last

The unprecedented legislation implements an automatic statewide process to potentially reduce or dismiss sentences and records for crimes that are no longer illegal under state law. Other states are pursuing similar policies.

October 1, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

Will Clergy Sex Abuse Allegations Spur Change in Statute-of-Limitation Laws?

Since the Pennsylvania report, several other states have launched investigations into the Catholic Church. But in some of them, laws prevent many child victims from seeking legal justice.

September 18, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Ruling Threatens States' Right to Regulate Toxic Coal Ash

As the Trump administration plans to weaken environmental rules, a federal court has said that some Obama-era regulations didn't go far enough.

August 27, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

Where Marijuana Is Legal, Some Cities Help People Still Haunted by It

There's a small but growing movement among prosecutors to automatically reduce sentences and expunge criminal records from before the drug was legal.

August 23, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Is Child Care a Campaign Expense? States Are Divided.

In a year with an unprecedented number of female candidates, the debate is being revisited after the federal government weighed in.

August 13, 2018
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Politics & Elections

Automatic Voter Registration Gains Bipartisan Momentum

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker signed a bill that places Massachusetts among a growing number of states making it hard to not be registered.

August 10, 2018
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Workforce

'Anti-Union Forces Awoke a Sleeping Giant': Voters Overturn a New Anti-Union Law

In a test of public support for unions following the Supreme Court's Janus ruling, voters rejected Missouri's right-to-work law on Tuesday.

August 7, 2018
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Infrastructure & Environment

Climate Change Has Been a Losing Battle for Governments. Could a New Lawsuit Turn the Tide?

Rhode Island is using new tactics to hold fossil fuel companies responsible for disaster-related infrastructure damage.

July 31, 2018
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Public Safety & Justice

Colleges, Cities and Pension Funds Pressured to Cut ICE Ties

Public institutions across the country invest in the private prison operators of immigration detention centers and contract directly with the federal immigration enforcement agency.

July 30, 2018
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Health & Human Services

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.

July 16, 2018
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